Wizards Report Novmber 15Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
Victory for the Wizards remains as elusive as the team's consistency. A night after their worst performance of the season, the Wizards provided a better response and staged a dramatic rally before losing to the Dallas Mavericks 107-101. The Wizards were down by 22 points before their second-half rally was triggered by the bench play of Jordan Crawford, Kevin Seraphin and Cartier Martin. Here is today's report: LISTEN: WIZARDS_REPORT_-_NOV15 Randy Wittman on the rally: “Well we made shots, and we played inside out. And we talked about needing to do it more. And we had a couple possessions there late that we didn’t get balls thrown inside, and took some ill advised shots. But that’s basically what it was; we made some shots, we played inside out, we moved the ball, had 24 assists. For whatever reason this team doesn’t get any respect. We go to the rim, and had 11 free throws tonight. These young guys just have to make a name for themselves, and it’s just baffling some of the things that are said to me by the refs for why they don’t call it. So, maybe we just have to send the game film everyday to the league.” No Charity: The Wizards only made it to the free throw line eleven times. They were 10 of 11, but lack of free throw attempts has been a problem all season. Twice this season the Wizards were held to only seven free throw attempts in a game. After seven games the Wizards have only attempted 116 free throws. The Wizards have attempted 181 three-point shots.l The point: The possible use of Jordan Crawford at point guard has been a frequent point of discussion during our Wizards' radio broadcasts. It is no surprise that Crawford has expressed confidence in his ability to spend some time at the point guard position. Crawford is confident period. This is not to suggest that Crawford is a long term answer, but the Wizards are trying to navigate through without John Wall. Back on April 1, 2011 Wall was serving a one-game suspension, when Crawford was called on to fill-in at point guard. Crawford responded with a triple-double. In a win over the Cavaliers, Crawford had 21 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Last night Crawford had 21 points and 7 assists. He was back-up to A.J. Price in the first half last night and then was pressed into more duty when Price left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. The inside: The Wizards plan is to go inside first, but it has been a struggle to follow the plan. Kevin Seraphin's emergence in the second half helped change that and was an important part of the Wizards comeback. Seraphin had 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. The outside: While the Wizards want to get away from relying on the outside jumper, they needed points in a hurry as they tried to deal with a 22-point second half deficit against the Mavericks. Cartier Martin scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter on 5 of 6 from the field and 4 for 4 from beyond the arc. Martin's effort was impressive considering his limited playing time this season. In seven games Martin has only played in 26 minutes and almost ten of those minutes were in last night's game.
The Wizards are not trying to fight history, but deal with the present when they host the Utah Jazz tonight at Verizon Center. At 0-7 the Wizards are the second team in NBA history to start the season with seven consecutive losses. The bottom line is always the won-loss record, but it also masks a