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Wizards vs. Bucks Recap: JaVale Sits in the Second Half; the Veterans Come Alive

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Feb 28, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks forward Jon Leuer (30) looks to pass the ball as Washington Wizards forward Trevor Booker (35) defends during the second quarter at the Bradley Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 28, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Jon Leuer (30) looks to pass the ball as Washington Wizards forward Trevor Booker (35) defends during the second quarter at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Just when you thought it was safe to pat down the dirt on the graves of Mo Evans and Roger Mason, the duo combines to almost narrowly drag the Wizards to a win in an up and down affair. This game was teed up to be yet another blowout, but in a strange role reversal, the Bucks were the team to roll over in the third quarter and let the Wizards take the lead after having been down by as many as 22 points. Several other keys to the almost comeback:

  • After six turnovers in the first half, John Wall only had one in the second. More importantly, Wall showed the willingness to take the shot that put the Wizards momentarily up one with six seconds left.
  • Spreading the ball works wonders. In the second half, Wall and the Wizards moved the ball more and things opened up on both the perimeter and in the interior.
  • Having shooters makes everything more effective. With Mason and Mo Evans shooting well, it allowed more space for Wall to work as a distributor and better the play of....
  • Trevor Booker who had another solid game and continues to evolve his pick and roll game with Wall.
  • I'm not sure whether Chris Singleton had a good game or a terrible one. He was active on the boards and played better defense, but he failed to secure crucial rebounds and was Crawford like in his shot selection....
  • Whose shot selection wasn't terrible tonight.
  • JaVale McGee sat down. Take this for what its worth.
  • Nick Young also had a seat. Again, perhaps this was for the best.
Heart wrenching loss but signs of life. Let us see how that translates against Orlando tomorrow.