Beating the Trail Blazers in their building would have been a tall task had the Wizards had Nene in their lineup, so a loss wasn't exactly the most surprising outcome after Washington also lost Marcin Gortat to a back injury suffered during pregame warmups.
Still, it was dispiriting to see the Wizards play well in the first half, go into halftime down only two, and then get throttled in the third quarter (when have we heard that before?) on the way to convincing 116-103 defeat.
On the bright side, John Wall made five threes (on 10 attempts) as part of a 24-point, 14-assist night, and Drew Gooden continued to ball out off the bench, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds in only 26 minutes of playing time. Bradley Beal scored 18 points, but he needed 18 shots to do it.
On the other bright side, Washington now gets to play the retched Lakers, and even with Gortat questionable and Steve Nash expected to be back for L.A., the Wizards should win this one. They remain one game back of the Nets for the five-seed, and luckily the Bobcats have also lost two straight and remain 2.5 games back of the sixth-seed. Let's get this one, Wizards.
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35 - Threes attempted by the Blazers against Washington. They made 14 of those attempts (40 percent).
10 - Threes attempted by Wall against the Blazers. He made five of them. What world is this?
32 - Assists recorded by Portland against Washington. The Blazers shot 50.6 percent, so it's safe to say they didn't encounter much resistance from the Wizards' defense.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
Here's Marcin Gortat hurting his back while dunking in warmups: http://t.co/Z8YdxeYP1m— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) March 21, 2014
John Wall threes make me weak in the knees, that impeccable steez if you please— David Statman (@DJStatman77) March 21, 2014
John Wall was one of the worst perimeter shooters in basketball his 1st two years. This is just incredible to watch.— Akbar Naqvi (@A_Naqvi_WoA) March 21, 2014
GOODENFLAMMATION.— Bullets M. (@mrbmendoza15) March 21, 2014
GOODENFECTION— Bullets M. (@mrbmendoza15) March 21, 2014
This is some GOODENSTANT NOODLE.— Bullets M. (@mrbmendoza15) March 21, 2014
You have GOODENHALED GREATNESS— Bullets M. (@mrbmendoza15) March 21, 2014
GOODENFINITY— Bullets M. (@mrbmendoza15) March 21, 2014
The Viagra All-Stars #WizardsTalk— David Statman (@DJStatman77) March 21, 2014
#WizardsTalk Cialis Crew— Bullets M. (@mrbmendoza15) March 21, 2014
JOHNNY STORM WITH THE BURN. FLAME ON!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/YjFLLWdzLC— wizznutzz (@wzzntzz) March 21, 2014
Just imagine how good Drew Gooden could be in a couple-three years if the #Wizards develop him right. He has the tools.— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) March 21, 2014
.@Truth_About_It GOODENADEQUATE— Bullets M. (@mrbmendoza15) March 21, 2014
W3LL?— Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) March 21, 2014
This makes me very happy pic.twitter.com/NRx23wgogk— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) March 21, 2014
KEEP CALM AND GOODEN— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 21, 2014
John Wall has as many three-pointers in less than five minutes of the third quarter as he had in 2,386 minutes during the 2011-12 season (3)— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 21, 2014
Awesome stat from Buckhantz: Wall is just four three-pointers away from 100 on the season. Incredible— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 21, 2014
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
I can't stop watching this. (H/T Umair)
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
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