Wizards Report November 9Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
For starters in their quest for their first win, there is still the issue about the start of games for the Wizards. As they prepare to host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight, the Wizards are haunted by having to claw back from early deficits in two consecutive games against the Boston Celtics. In the season opener the Wizards also fell behind by double digits to the Cleveland Cavaliers before staging a late rally. The Wizards actually opened the game against the Cavilers on a 5-0 run on the strength of a Trevor Ariza three-pointer and a basket by Emeka Okafor. It was not a sign of things to come. Both Ariza and Okafor have struggled to find a rhythm with the Wizards. It is part of the challenge of a team that has a corps group of returning players, but also is dealing with a large influx of new players. Four of the five Wizards’ starters were not on the team last season. Still the overtime loss against the Celtics gave head coach Randy Wittman reason to be encouraged: Here is today’s Wizards Report LISTEN:wizrepnov9 Also don’t forget our next addition of All Access is scheduled for Saturday at 6:00 PM on 1500 AM. Here is one of the highlights of last week’s show–an interview with John Wall LISTEN:wallallacess Not hitting the Wall: John Wall is making progress in his recovery from a stress injury in his right knee. Wall’s most recent MRI was a “positive report” according to head coach Randy Wittman. The positive news keeps Wall on course for a return by the end of the month. Positive mixed with some negative: In the overtime loss to the Celtics, A.J. Price and Kevin Seraphin were major contributors. Price had 15 points and 7 assists and Seraphin 16 points and 9 rebounds. Price and Seraphin also combined for 12 turnovers. More Charity: The Wizards were out shot at the free throw line 34-7 against the Celtics. The Wizards did not attempt their first free throw until the third quarter. The reasons for such a large disparity in free throws can be debated, but the Wizards also need to be more aggressive in attacking the basket and not settling for jumpers. Better on the boards: The success of the Wizards up-tempo game is predicated on the team’s rebounding. After struggling against Anderson Varejao and the Cavaliers in game one, the Wizards have improved on the boards over the last two games. In Boston the Wizards only allowed the Celtics 4 second-chance points. The Bucks: Milwaukee has an impressive backcourt with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, but are coming off a 108-90 loss to Memphis. In that loss to the Grizzlies, the Bucks only shot 38 percent from the field and were outrebounded 49-41. The Bucks front court has been aided by the emergence of Larry Sanders. Now in his third year, Sanders is averaging 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
The quest continues. The Wizards are here in Indiana and hoping tonight is the night of their first win of the 2012/2013 NBA season. The dream 12-0 start to last night's game against the Bucks at home faded and the result was turnover plagued 101-91 loss. Here is today's report: LISTEN: