I've probably used the phrase "it just wasn't enough" more this season than any other string of words when discussing the Wizards.
That was the name of the game, literally, against the Rockets Sunday afternoon. Washington simply couldn't put together enough offense to keep up with James Harden and Dwight Howard, who made his return and had a double-double.
The high point of the game was, once again, John Wall. Wall had a double-double of his own, scoring 25 points and dishing out 12 assists.
Per usual, the rest of the offense couldn't hold up their end of the deal.
Bradley Beal shot just 4-for-11 from the floor, and Paul Pierce was 1-of-6. Besides Otto Porter, the bench was 6-of-16 as a group.
This isn't anything new, but there was hardly any movement on offense, especially in the first half. Ramon Sessions and John Wall led a run at the start of the fourth quarter that brought the Wizards to within four, the smallest gap they had all game.
Porter made a three to keep the Wizards close, but they then went on a run that lasted about five minutes when they didn't make a single field goal. During that run, they did find four points off free throws but it allowed the Rockets to seal the deal.
The one nice surprised for the Wizards was Porter, who scored 15 points in 18 minutes, in addition to grabbing six boards.
As a team, the Wiz attempted just 15 three pointers while the Rockets took 29 shots from beyond the arc. Trevor Ariza made it glaringly obvious that his former team missed him. While he only made two of the eight threes that he attempted, it was the principle of taking those deep shots that Washington is missing.
Beal led the team with four attempted threes in this one, but he only made one of them.
Instead, we were stuck watching long twos, yet again while Ariza, Harden and even Pablo Prigioni all chucked up deep shots.
Not that this offense hasn't been painful to watch for the past two months already, but it's just becoming glaringly obvious that the Wizards just don't have what it takes to put up big offensive numbers when it matters.