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Rook couldn't have put it better. Odds are, this losing streak is still going to get worse before it gets better. The good thing is, thanks to this Western swing, most of the carnage will occur after bedtime.
The game was played at Energy Solutions Arena and the Washington Wizards could have used one. Instead with Deron Williams running the offense and Carlos Boozer finishing at the basket the Jazz extended the Wizards losing streak to eight games with a 112-89 victory. "We lost some close ones and we have lost ones when we got out butt kicked," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said of his team’s slide. "If they think it is just going to happen and get better, it’s not. We have to play accordingly and we can’t play loose or have throw- away type possessions."
Andray Blatche scored 24 points and Mike Miller added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who lost their eighth straight game. Washington shot just 3 of 22 from the field and was outscored 31-15 in the third quarter as Utah built a 90-60 lead. The Wizards shot 36.9 percent for the game.
The Wizards shot just 3 of 22 (13.6 percent) and were outscored 31-15 in the third period. They couldn't respond with much, although Blatche tried with his mouth midway through the third. He dunked over Okur and leaned forward to taunt him. Problem was, the Wizards were trailing by 22 points at the time. Blatche picked up a technical on the play and fans started chanting, "Scoreboard! Scoreboard!"
Broken record, same old same old, same thing different day, groundhog day, tell me if you’ve heard it…we’ve used up all the sayings to describe this team throughout the year.We’re at the point in the season where we are used to talking about the important aspect of the game that Washington failed to execute on. Tonight it was shooting and effort. In order to have even a remote chance to compete with the Jazz you have to shoot above 37%. Further, if you don’t box out, provide help defense or simply compete, what happened tonight is going to happen on most nights in the NBA.That’s why Washington is a 21 win team.
Although he had to adjust his mindset from coming off the bench for Randy Foye, Livingston didn't appear to be in awe of the situation early on Monday. He blocked Williams's shot twice in the first three minutes, with his first block leading to a fastbreak layup for Mike Miller. But Livingston didn't have many highlights after that, as he went without an assist for the first time in his short stint with the Wizards. Williams, on the other hand, completely took over the game during a 16-minute span between the second quarter and third quarter, when he had 11 points and seven assists and the Jazz outscored the Wizards 48-19. "He makes their team go," Saunders said of Williams. "A guy that can push the ball offensively. Can make plays for other teammates. Has the ability to shoot threes. Has the ability to defend. Both him and Chauncey Billups are the two guys in our league that can really do that. He pushed up the tempo."
When exactly will the Wizards win another game? It could be a while. Following Tuesday nights Mile High meeting with the second best team in the West the Wizards actually get two days off. Once they return to the court Friday night they’ll face a Portland team that is desperate to move up from the eight spot in the West. If the playoffs were to begin today the Blazers would meet the defending champion Lakers. The same team the Wizards will close out their dreadful four game trip against on Sunday. Ouch!