Wizards Report November 8Posted on November 08, 2012
The Wizards had the fight, but just not the finish. For the second time in five days the Wizards were tangled in a tight game with the Celtics, before falling in overtime 100-94. Below is today's report: LISTEN:NOV8_WIZARDS_REPORT Jump Start: The Wizards quest for a better start to games remains a work in progress. Last night the Wizards again stumbled out of the gate to an 11-2 deficit and were down 21-16 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Wizards reversed course and outscored the Celtics 26-16. On defense the Wizards held the Celtics to 31 percent shooting from the field in the second quarter. Depth: Even with injuries to John Wall and Nene, the Wizards have had real competition for playing time. Chris Singleton strengthened his campaign for more time on the floor by scoring 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help force overtime. Redemption: It was Bradley Beal's beat game of his young career. Beal was 6 of 15 shooting from the field but seemed to gain in confidence as the game went on. Beal ended up with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal and one blocked shot. Beal was not as timid as previous games Beal's best move of the night was a drive on Paul Pierce in transition that gave the Wizards a 48-44 lead. Under Pressure: Kevin Seraphin's success led to him being double-teamed by the Celtics. Seraphin struggled through that added pressure and committed six turnovers. There were also times when Seraphin received the ball in awkward positions with little support. Still Seraphin finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds and his hard work from the summer is now paying off in the regular season.