The Wizards shot 49 percent from the field and dominated the Hawks on the boards where they had a 42-29 advantage in rebounds. It didn’t matter because the Wizards committed 21 turnovers that led to 32 of the Hawks points. "You can’t turn the ball over as many times as we did tonight against a team that has won as many games as Atlanta has this year," said Wizards guard Mike Miller. "The way Atlanta gets out in the open court and how athletic they are puts a lot of pressure on your defense. Atlanta forced us to make some bad passes which they capitalized on."
It’s also worth noting that McGee had a career high 20 points in a Wizards 105-99 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. JaVale was very active on the offensive end, proved he can be a great weapon for a transition team, or one that sets solid screens and has a point guard who can penetrate the lane. The elevator went eight floors up with that number in dunks to go with nine rebounds, five fouls and one turnover. Lovelier.
Said Saunders, "He’s still got to get better defending his man one-on-one. He gives up position trying to block shots on his guy, and he’s got to give a little more resistance down there, and get him off his spot and be in a situation to contest shots better." Please allow McGee to retort: "I feel like I’m still going to leave my feet sometimes because that’s what has people scared to come to the hole half the time. So if I stop doing that then there’d be more scoring. I’d rather just be one foul and I leave my feet all the time and there’s five misses than everybody score and just shoot it and not be afraid of me."
Andray Blatche had 30 points and 10 rebounds for Washington, in the midst of a stretch of three games in three nights because of the schedule change. The Wizards have lost five straight and seven of eight. Blatche’s putback with 4:53 remaining pulled the Wizards to 92-89, but they would get no closer.
Blatche had game highs with 30 points and 10 rebounds but he again led the team with seven turnovers. Blatche had some more bad turnovers, including one pass from out of a double team that Miller was forced to recover on the other end of the floor near the Hawks' basket. In his past nine games, Blatche has 41 turnovers, including a season-high eight against the Knicks. But if there was one encouraging sign, he only had one turnover in the second half. "I'm not used to getting double-teamed, Blatche said. "That's going to be an issue until...I gotta learn by playing, and it's going to get better. They double-teamed, they rotated, and I'm trying to make plays, and it's just new."
Saunders suggested that Blatche make the simple pass instead of going for the "homerun play. A lot of times when he turns the ball over in his position, it's cross-court passes, which he's been doing a little bit, and it's a layup the other way."
Nick Young came to play, again. That’s the great news, this is the second straight game that Nick displayed a little swagger and hopefully his minutes can stay where they are right now, averaging around 24-25 over the last two. Nick is an absolutely gifted basketball player and Flip put it best last game, Nick has to maintain the type of energy he has displayed lately whether his shot is going in or not.
The Hawks won tonight doing everything we do not like, and since I actually pretend the team might learn from these blog post, I feel like a rejected teacher. Every Josh Smith jump shot was hours of tutoring down the drain. Every bad defensive possession with the same old lineup felt like parents not caring about their kids grades. So yea, the team came back running down the hall with a C- yelling "I passed, I passed" You sure did, but that is not really worth my investment.