The Verizon Center is currently home to the ACC Tournament and so the Washington Wizards are on the road. On Tuesday, the Wizards suffered their first overtime defeat to Damian Lillard-led Portland Trailblazers, extending the current losing streak to three. Tonight, on a buzzer-beating March Madness Friday, the Washington Wizards extended that losing streak to four on a night where both the ninth seeded Chicago Bulls and the eighth seeded Detroit Pistons lost.
In the opening quarter, John Wall let Shelvin Mack get into a rhythm while Marcin Gortat has his hands full with Rudy Gobert. Otto Porter appeared invisible trying to guard Derrick Favors and Markieff Morris is still Markieff Morris.
Midway through the second quarter Washington attempted to string something together, but was only able to muster up a 7-0 run and Utah responded right back with a 12-0 run of their own. But if you think that was bad, the third quarter had every Wizards fan in America wanting to go out and have a drink at the Green Turtle. The Wizards were called for 14 personal fouls and went scoreless for 3:28 while Utah broke the game wide open.
The Wizards entered the fourth quarter down 20 and John Wall and Marcin Gortat came back into the game to make a push at closing in on the deficit but it was a little bit too late. This game was awful to say the least.
The Wizards play again tomorrow night in Denver and have only 18 games left in the season to try to put something together to get back into the playoff race.
Player of the Game. Shelvin Mack played like a man with a vengeance. A vengeance against his old team and backcourt mate John Wall, Mack scored a season high 27 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds making John Wall look like well not John Wall, the Wizards lone All-Star that's for sure. Wall did come back to life late in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 of his 24 points but his defense against Mack was non-existent.
Foul Trouble. Gortat's early foul trouble may have cost the Wizards the game. In the first six minutes of play Marcin was called for two quick fouls while playing overly aggressive defense on Rudy Gobert down low and had to sit most of the first half. To make matters worst, shortly after halftime, right at the 10:00 minute mark, Marcin picked up his fourth foul and had to sit the whole third quarter, most of the fourth, and watched the Utah Jazz go up twenty and do the exact same thing to Nene, who also picked up his fourth foul in the third. As a team, the Wizards committed 28 fouls, and the Jazz shot 76 percent from the line, giving them 29 free points.
Three-point shooting. It was one of those leave him open and see if he can make it kind of nights. The Utah Jazz made all five three-pointers in the first quarter and went into the half shooting 60 percent from three. They finished the night 9 of 16 from three. Washington made just 7 of 24 three-pointers.