Wizards vs. Raptors final score: Washington gets doomed by its bench, loses 96-88

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Another wasted effort by the starters, including 37 points by Wall, as Washington's bench kills its second half comeback in Toronto.

This is getting ridiculous.

The Wizards stormed back in the 3rd quarter after a weak end to their first half, but their stagnant bench play allowed the Raptors to get back in the game and take over.

It's becoming a pattern for this team. The games are played in a see-saw fashion. If they get in the hole in the first half--like they did tonight--they climb out and give us a heart attack or five. If they get up big early, then the lead dissipates slowly... slowly... like a balloon with a tiny pin-prick in it. But one annoying pattern has emerged: the starters are good, and the bench is ATROCIOUS.

Bradley Beal and Nene continued their great play, Marcin Gortat is cleaning the glass like a pro, Martell Webster is letting it rain from the outside and hustling on defense. John Wall went BANANAS tonight and scored 37 freaking points on 15/21 shooting.

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And then the bench goes and wastes all of that with some careless turnovers, poor passing, poor shooting, poor defense, dumb fouls, and lethargy.

Gimme a break.

Randy Wittman's actually doing a decent job staggering his rotations recently, but it's no surprise that Beal leads the league in minutes played this year and the rest of the starters--none of whom are exactly injury-free in their careers--are averaging around 40 minutes per game. Yeesh. Jan Vesely and Garrett Temple played the most off the bench, but that's mostly because Gortat was in foul trouble for a while and Wall needed to take a rest.

Sigh.

At least we got to see this, right (H/T @ananth_pandian)?

See you all tomorrow night when the Wizards face the Knicks at the Verizon Center and hope the bench shows up to play.

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