Felton’s game winner for the Bobcats spoiled a spirited rally by the Wizards who trailed 81-74 with 9:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. Caron Butler and Andray Blatche combined for 16 of the Wizards 22 fourth quarter points to lead the charge.
The Wizards will have a full week off and won't practice until next Tuesday, then play a game on Wednesday against Minnesota. With 32 games left in the season, Mike Miller said the Wizards can't be concerned about being competitive or close. "I only care about results," he said. "We got to be ready to play when we come back. We've got a lot of ground to make up."
For the second time in as many games, the Wizards were unable to leave immediately afterward because of inclement weather back home. But while they were forced to spend the evening in town, Saunders and several players and coaches simply booked flights to their respective destinations from Charlotte on Wednesday morning. "Everyone always deals with something. That's just something we had to deal with," Miller said. "Injuries, travel, something always happens. The teams that win are the ones that go through adversity."
The trade deadline of February 18th is a little over a week away and there’s a chance some members of the team won’t be back after the All-Star break. One name mired in those swirling rumors is Caron Butler. If anything he’s certainly upped his trade value following his last two outings. After going for a season high 31 points in Orlando, Butler got right back to it against Charlotte. Butler had only four points at the half but once again found his stroke in the second half. In a surprising move a lot of Butler’s came from when he was playing the two-guard spot instead of his normal small forward. He had 10 points in the third but with just over eight minutes left in the game the Wizards found themselves down seven. That’s when Butler scored seven straight as the Wizards went on an 11-2 run to take an 85-83 lead. Butler would finish with a game high 23 points but it wasn’t just his scoring. His average of 2.2 assists per game is his lowest in five seasons here in Washington but tonight he dished out a season high eight dimes; including a huge assists to Mike Miller for a three pointer that put the Wizards up 92-91. But that would prove to be the Wizards last basket.
Only eight guys played tonight. Derrick Brown and Gerald Henderson need to play. Gerald Wallace played 48 minutes. That's not a typo. 48 minutes. Stephen Jackson played 45. Here's my challenge to you all: Just about everyone takes it as a given that playing that many minutes is not a good thing, otherwise more teams would play their best players that many minutes. Can you find any hard data supporting that assertion? Is there hard data that says playing guys 42 minutes per game for the whole season is perfectly acceptable?
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Twitter / Mike Prada
Both these teams seem to have their eyes on the all-star break. Tons of air balls in tonight's game.
Twitter / Jack Gaynor
For all of Caron's issues this year, I genuinely like the man.
Twitter / George V. Panagakos
The Wizards have ultimately confused me beyond a measurable survey of sanity. How does Miller not get a three point look w/ 2 pt deficit?
Twitter / Wizards Extreme
The play where the #Wizards give the ball to Miller and let him score needs to be run more often #justsayin
Twitter / wizznutzz
Sorry, meant raymond felton RT @wzzntzz: Eric Felcher with the dagger!!!