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There was a point in this game -- I want to say late in the second quarter -- where it just felt like John Wall and Kirk Hinrich made a decision. The Wizards' offense wasn't working, guys seemed a bit out of sorts and I think the guards knew it. So Wall decided to get way more aggressive and go to more of a pick and roll game, breaking the offense at times. It worked briefly, so then Hinrich sort of started doing the same thing in the third quarter, because he was into the game and such.
Obviously, you know how things transpired. The Wizards rallied for a brief stretch in the third when they brought Yi in and got a couple easy buckets off turnovers, but then couldn't get any good shots and saw the game slip away. The offense, predictably, devolved into me-ball, as one man kept trying to do too much instead of trusting the offense, whether that was Wall, Hinrich, Andray Blatche or anyone else. It's as if Flip Saunders' message from the other day with the buffalo wasn't heeded.
Here's the tricky thing, though: the offense in the first couple of quarters wasn't working. On some level, I can't blame Wall and Hinrich. They were into it and the other players weren't, so why not take matters into their own hands? So here's a question to think about tonight:
Did the Wizards' offense struggle because Wall and Hinrich took matters into their own hands more often than usual?
Did Wall and Hinrich decide to take matters into their own hands precisely because the offense was struggling?
It's a chicken/egg question, and I'm not sure what the answer is. I'm curious to hear your thoughts.