Michael Redd did not play today due to "left knee pain." Hmm...that's a little suspicious, don't you think?
In all seriousness, it's nice to get a fairly easy W, even if you were down 10 after the first quarter and lost your second-best player for the season. Okay, scratch that, maybe not.
Still, it's nice to see the bench play as well as it did. One thing that must happen for the Wizards to go anywhere is for Jarvis Hayes to put on his best Caron impression, and as unreasonable as that sounds, if you keep seeing games like today, it's not so farfetched. Hayes scored 17 points, but it was the way he scored his 17 that really impressed me. He shot only 3 threes, hit on 6 of 11 shots, and showed a willingness to stay patient and create a better shot for himself.
There's one play that really stood out to me that demonstrated this newfound efficiency.
Again, it's only one play, but the old Jarvis would have launched a fadeaway three of some kind there.
As for the rest of the bench, how about Calvin Booth? Where did that performance come from. He was everywhere, finishing with 11 points and 11 boards. Of course, it helped that the Bucks went to an awful tiny lineup, but still, that type of lift was really needed. AD also played a really solid game, and Songaila was fantastic as well, particularly offensively.
Sure, it helped that Milwaukee sucks, and that they had no reliable frontcourt scorers that could exploit Songaila and Etan Thomas. But it's still very encouraging to see bench guys provide key lifts. With Caron out, those lifts need to come night in and night out.