Apr 6, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford (15) falls over New Jersey Nets forward Shelden Williams (33) during the first half at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
As this is a weekend of joy and celebration for many people, I am not going to point out the Wizards lost their fifth straight game tonight and were once again on their heels from tipoff. Instead, I am going to be all about the positive pixels as there are quite a few positives for the Wizards to take away from tonight's loss:
- They don't have to face Gerald Wallace or Kris Humphries again, so it minimizes the chance a Wizards player is permanently maimed.
- The Wizards never have to play in Newark again.
- The team held Johan Petro scoreless.
- They gave local Maryland fans a treat by allowing former Terrapin Jordan Williams to have a monster game by going 7-7 from the field.
- Jan Vesely hit a jumpshot.
- Brian Cook attempted only one shot on the evening.
- Kevin Seraphin now has a Saturday in the NYC region to shop for animals to add to his exotic collection.
Honestly, there isn't much to say about the third game of a back to back to back. The Wizards came out flat on the evening and were gradually buried by a NJ team that was more aggressive on both ends of the floor. To say that Washington's defense was porous would be to give it too much credit as NJ shot 56% from the floor, 45% from 3pt and scored 50 points in the paint. That the Nets
simply couldn't miss which is a testament to how desperate the need for shooting is on this Washington squad when one finds oneself pining for a player like Anthony Morrow to be available in free agency.
The skeleton crew pushes on towards the end of the season as it appears more and more likely that Nene and Trevor Booker
are simply going to be shut down while Andray Blatche
and Rashard Lewis
are banished to the darkest confines of the Verizon Center. 10 games left for the skeleton crew and until we know who the next piece will be in the rebuild. Hopefully, between then and now this team can surprise us.