Apr 1, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely (24) during their game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Wizards 99-92. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Don't ever think it can't get worse, because it can - Flip Saunders
As much as the Wizards may disappoint and infuriate me at times, I can't imagine what it must be like to be a fan of the Charlotte Bobcats right now. I have watched some bad Wizards basketball through the years, and the Bobcats may have just put on one of the truly inept performances against a below average team. The Bobcats didn't defend, didn't share the ball and basically made a point of shooting themselves in the foot at every opportunity. Keep in mind, the Wizards at one point were posting up Roger Mason, and Jan Vesely was grabbing every board that came within three feet and recording a double-double. So the next time I am cursing my fate as a Wizards fan and questioning why I continue to to punish myself year in and year out, I'll try to keep the perspective that the team is developmentally ahead of at least one team in the NBA and that my owner isn't Michael Jordan.
So if you happen to know a Charlotte Bobcat fan, stop what you are doing and give them a hug or a phonecall or something. Because ye gods it is going to take more than Kemba Walker to right that ship.
The other point to come out of tonight is the demonstration that glue guys are not a dime a dozen in the NBA and the Wizards need to change their policy of catch and release. Now I am certainly not advocating that the team signs either Cartier Martin or James Singleton to long term contracts, but having guys like that on the team who push during both practice and games and contribute effectively are more valuable in the end than long shot projects like Yi Jianlian or Hamady N'Diaye.
I have no special callouts to players tonight because every player who saw the floor for the Wizards (except Brian Cook) responded extremely well. I'm not sure what lessons we can draw from tonight's game other than it was nice to be on the opposite end of a beat down. When Kevin Seraphin is whipping no look passes behind his head, I don't know whether to shake my head and laugh or just stare is disbelief. The good news is that the Wizards checked off every single one of my pre-game actions items.
As Phil Chenier said towards the end of the game "save some of that for tomorrow night." Without Dwight Howard, I will put up Cartier Martin and Roger Mason against the best 3pt shooters the Magic have to offer.