Wizards Report November 17Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
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 team that has been competitive and remains committed. Four of the Wizards’ losses have been six points or less. Here is today’s Wizards Report focusing on the addition of Shaun Livingston: LISTEN:wizreportnov17 More to the point: The Wizards need for more consistency on offense was underscored on Friday with the signing of point guard Shaun Livingston and release of Jannero Pargo. The Wizards needed someone with more experience at running the point. Pargo is more of a scorer than a distributor and in his last five games he managed only five points with six turnovers. Jordan Crawford showed against the Mavericks that he can be another option at point with 21 points and 7 assists. As we noted on yesterday’s blog, Crawford recorded a triple-double with 21 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds when he filled in for John Wall back in April of 2011. After being selected by the Clippers fourth overall in 2004 NBA Draft, Livingston’s rise in the NBA was slowed be a knee injury in 2007. In 26 games with the Wizards in 2009/2010, Livingston impressed with 9.2 points and 4.5 assists per game. My Favorite Martin: On Wednesday against the Mavericks, Cartier Martin made four three-pointers in less than 10 minutes. The last player who made 4+ three-pointers and played less than 10 minutes in the game was Daequan Cook of the Thunder on Dec. 31, 2011 (4 threes in 9:55 of playing time). Since 1979-80 (first season of three-pointers), no other Wizard player did this — not even three 3-pointers while playing less than 10 minutes. On second thought: In three of their last four losses, the Wizards have paid the price for bad second quarters. In the Wizards last home game against the Bucks, their best first quarter of the season was followed by 35 percent shooting from the field and half-time deficit. Against the Bobcats on Charlotte on Tuesday, the Wizards never recovered from being outscored 29-12 in the second quarter. On Thursday the Wizards 26 points in the second quarter, but allowed the Mavericks to score 40 points. Break out on the break: The Wizards want to be an up-tempo team regardless of who is running the point, but especially in John Wall’s absence there is a need to get out in transition and get easy baskets. It’s been struggle for the Wizards. The Wizards had zero fast-break points against the Mavericks at half-time on Thursday and only finished with 7 for the game. Last Saturday against the Pacers, the Wizards had only six fast-break points. Competitive: As noted at the top the Wizards are only the second team in NBA history to open the season at 0-7 in consecutive seasons. Starting a single season at 0-7 is nothing unique. It has been done 40 times in NBA history, but the Wizards have only been outscored by a total of 55 points. According to Comcast SportsNet only two other teams were able to keep it closer in an 0-7 start in NBA history.
Jeremy Hyman - WashingtonWizards.com The Wizards returned home after spending the week on the road and were back at Verizon Center for practice on Friday. According to Randy Wittman, Nene took part in a limited portion of the practice and did some work in the half court drills. While there is still