Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 15 points on 11 shots to go with his eight rebounds, while his punishing defensive activity proved contagious. The Wizards shot 29 percent from the field and an astonishing 16 percent from deep while taking a MORE astonishing 31 attempts.
Alternate title: Michael Jordan's revenge.
Raise your hand if you had a bad feeling about this. This year's Charlotte Bobcats are superior to last year's version in many ways, and this year's Washington Wizards did themselves no favors. Things started off right-ish and went downhill from there. From an avalanche of turnovers, defensive breakdowns late in the shot clock to the team being flat out-hustled and out-executed while showing everyone what happens when the offense is at its worst. This was an abomination of a game and the Wizards are winless, with 0-10 or worse staring them in the face. No game notes tonight. Instead...
This evening, the Wizards only power was being invisible on offense. Ever wonder what would happen when at least one of the team's streaky players doesn't catch fire? Who knows how much worse this might have been if Trevor Ariza didn't score 19 points on 18 shots? That bad feeling got worse in the first quarter when it was Dos Mucho Trevor (Ariza hitting treys and Booker getting hustle points) providing all the juice. This can't go on, I thought. Then Michael-Kidd Gilchrist badly missed a long, contested two which turned into a Bradley Beal three on the other end and I thought, maybe. Little did I know that was to be Beal's only make from the field. It never got better. Even when the Wizards pressed to within five (SOMEHOW), it felt like fool's gold, and the Bobcats proceeded to blow the game open from there.
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