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Wizards fall to Hornets 94-87, drop fifth game in a row

The Wizards lost their fifth straight game Thursday, and the second time to the Hornets in three days. Bradley Beal left the game early with an apparent toe injury, and the defense allowed Gerald Henderson to score 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

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Didn't I just write this three days ago? Oh wait, I did. There's only been 72 hours since the last time I wrote a recap saying the Wizards had lost to the Charlotte Hornets.

Monday, Gerald Henderson scored 17 points. Thursday, he had 27. Al Jefferson had 12 rebounds Monday, and 10 Thursday, giving the Hornets a 94-87 win.

The Wizards had the lead at points in both games.

The main difference is now, the Wizards have lost five games in a row now rather than just three. Yikes.

The good news is, Washington has the Nets and Magic coming up and just three games before the All Star break. Here's what we learned that the Wizards can take into their final three games before the break.

DeJuan Blair deserves more minutes

With Kevin Seraphin out, Blair saw 15 minutes off the bench. He certainly didn't light the world on fire, only scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting, but they were certainly explosive minutes.

He exchanged words with Kris Humphries at one point after they went after the same rebound and knocked the ball out of bounds, but Blair came out firing and certainly wanted to make a point after getting slapped with 12 DNPs in the past month.

All love to #kslife, but Randy Wittman should really consider getting Blair on the floor. With he and Humphries on the floor at the same time, the spacing on the offense is awful, but pairing him with Nene might be effective.

On the season, Seraphin had just 0.4 offensive win shares and has given up 2.8 turnovers per 36 minutes, per Blair just brings an intensity to the floor that the Wizards seriously lack in the second unit.

Gerald Henderson loves to play the Wizards

Henderson definitely circles the Wizards on the calendar every year. In 15 career games against the Wizards, Henderson has a true shooting percentage of 56.5 percent, the fourth highest against any team in his career. He also shoots 46.2 percent from beyond the arc against the Wiz, also the fourth highest percentage against any team for him.

In the previous game against the Wizards, Henderson scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting and had five assists and a steal. Thursday, he dropped 27 on 10-of-15 shooting with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

The bench wasn't nearly as bad as in past games

All things considered, Washington's bench wasn't the problem here. The biggest flaws that showed up for the Wizards were Marcin Gortat's terrible offensive night and their terrible shot selection in the fourth quarter.

Humphries was just 2-for-9 from the floor, but other than him, the bench shot 12-for-23 and all had four or more points. Andre Miller was out again, which put Garrett Temple in as the ball handler in at times, but if Bradley Beal misses any time with the toe injury that forced him to miss most of this game, Miller is going to have to play to allow Temple to slide over to shooting guard.

Most of Washington's bench rotations have been solid on defense on this season, and awful on offense.

Humphries took a few too many mid-range jumpers this game, and Otto Porter Jr. rushes his shots on a regular basis. Even if Blair gets more playing time, they still have to figure out what to do on offense when Wall isn't on the floor. As soon as he exits, the offense comes to a screeching halt.

Still, Thursday's game wasn't all that bad for the bench.