Wizards Report November 18

Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio

For the Wizards the start of the game, including the lineup, was different, but the end was familiar. A change in the starting five which triggered an 11-0 run proved to be a false dawn in the Wizards 83-76 loss to the Utah Jazz. The Wizards 0-8 record matches the franchise record for worst start to the season. Like its previous defeats the Wizards competed, but also dealt with a maddening lack of consistency. A thirteen-point lead was whittled down to two by the end of first quarter when the Wizards held   a 17-15 advantage. Randy Wittman: “First quarter we should have been up by 10-or-more. The defense we played in the first quarter was great. We hold them to 15 points, but we only scored 17. That’s sometimes the difference in the game.” The Wizards only scored six points in the first 7:10 of the second quarter, but then stayed in the game with six points in a span of: 32 seconds. The wild scoring mood swings finally tripped up the Wizards when the Jazz opened the fourth quarter on a 15-6 run. Here is a recap of the game:   LISTEN: WIZARDS_REPORT-_NOV18 New look: The Wizards changed their starting lineup for the first time this season. Jan Vesely replaced Trevor Booker at forward and Jordan Crawford was tapped over Bradley Beal at guard in the Wizards’ starting five. Slow starts in earlier games had led to questions about a need for a change to the Wizards’ starters. While the ultimate goal is to develop a dependable rotation, results have dictated a continued search for the right combination of players.   Randy Wittman: “First, it’s about the team, it’s not about individuals. I thought making a change was needed. As coach, I’m trying to find some balance and we don’t have balance right now. We just don’t have consistency right now. I’m going to continue to look for different combinations and try to find who is playing well together.” No free lunch and very few free throws: From the field the Wizards and Jazz were almost identical. Both teams made 31 field goals. At the free throw line the Jazz were 19 of 27, while the Wizards were only 9 of 12. Twice this season the Wizards were limited to only seven free throw attempts. For a team struggling to score, the lack of free throw attempts   has been a significant factor in keeping the Wizards winless.   Randy Wittman: “We’re missing shots and we don’t get to the free-throw line. That’s the other thing you need to do is you got to have the ability to break someone down, whether it’s throwing it into a post-man or taking someone off the dribble and get to the line. We have to play with confidence and belief in yourself as an individual and belief in each other.”   The inside story: Against the Jazz to have success the Wizards needed to compete in the paint.   The Wizards actually had a 34-32 advantage in points-in-the-paint, but the Jazz had a 22-12 advantage in second-chance points.   The game turned when the Jazz snared 17 offensive rebounds in the second half. In many ways it is amazing that the Wizards were able to hold the jazz to only 83 points, while conceding 26 offensive rebounds for the game. Al Jefferson was a big part of the Jazz victory with 17 of his 21 points in the third quarter. Going forward: The Wizards are a team in search of both confidence and consistency.   A game after Cartier Martin hit four three-pointers in under ten minutes, he was 1 of 8 beyond the arc   in over 14 minutes. Kevin Seraphin, who scored 16 points against the Mavericks,   seemed to be rushing his shots and was 3 of 11 from the field.   This is   not to single Martin and Seraphin out , but an example of the unpredictability of the Wizards that has played a role in their 0-8 start.. Opposing view: Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin on the Wizards: “These guys play hard. We talked about it before the game. We can’t look at the record and think we are going to get a win. We had to play and they showed that in the first half, they really hung in there until the middle or end of the fourth quarter and they definitely had a chance to win the ball game. Trust me they are not up to full speed right now but they are playing hard and giving themselves a chance to win.”  

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Wizards Report November 19

January 14, 2013

The Wizards know the reason for their 0-8 start, but the answer remains elusive. The Wizards failure to win is a result of a struggle to be consistent on offense and it something they will look to change tonight against the Indiana Pacers at Verizon Center. The Wizards are allowing 94.4 points


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