Washington fans have become accustomed to seeing the team playing down to the level of their competition this season, but they played well under the level of the 12-19 Nets in this one. Brooklyn outrebounded Washington 60-35, and shot 13 percent better from the field.
Every Wizard had a bad night. Kelly Oubre and John Wall were the only players to reach double digits in scoring, and they just barely got there, with Oubre scoring 13 and Wall scoring 10. The starters combined to shoot just 14-of-44 from the field (31.8 percent). The only player who made more than half of his shots was Chris McCullough, who went 3-of-4 in extended garbage time.
At least when the Wizards lost by 47 to the Jazz earlier this month, you could blame it on the long road trip, missing John Wall, and Utah’s high altitude. This, on the other hand, was just an irredeemably awful performance. The only solace is that they’ll have a chance to put this one out of everyone’s minds quickly as they play again in less than 24 hours against the Magic.
No. Nothing should be taken away from this game.
- The Wizards were verrry cautious with John Wall in his first back-to-back since returning from injury. Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington reported the plan was to play him 25 minutes, but the way the coaching staff divvied up the minutes didn’t seem to help the cause. He only played 7:33 in the first half, and when he re-entered the game in the second half, he was stiff and out of rhythm. Spencer Dinwiddie went off for 11 points in the first three minutes of the third quarter which helped the Nets quickly turn a modest lead into a blowout.
Considering Wall played less time than the team expected in this game, it will be interesting to see if they ramp him back up to a normal workload for Saturday’s game against the Magic.
- Ian Mahinmi’s dunk was the only good thing that happened. Here it is in all its glory:
- Otto Porter returned to the starting lineup after missing the last two games with a hip issue. He had 6 points in 21 minutes of action.
Next up: The Wizards are back in action Saturday night as they host the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m.