Wizards Report November 19Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
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 per-game. Only twice this season has a team scored 100 points on the Wizards, and one of those games was a 100-94 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics. On Saturday the Wizards held the Utah Jazz to opponent season lows in points (83) and field goal percentage (.378). Here is today’s Wizards Report LISTEN:wizreportnov19 More on Wizards D: Emeka Okafor had three blocks on Saturday against the Jazz. Okafor is now ranked seventh in the NBA in blocks at 2.38 per-game. Trevor Ariza had three steals against the Jazz and is now ranked third in the NBA in steals at 2.38 per-game. Okafor and Ariza are two of the newest team and they have supported an improvement on defense that started at the end of last season when the Wizards on average only allowed 84.4 points per-game over the final six games. Offense: The Wizards problem is scoring. The Wizards are last in the NBA in points at (86.6 points per-game) and field goal percentage (.401). The field goal percentage has been skewed by the Wizards increase in three-point attempts. On the season the Wizards are averaging about 24 three-point attempts per-game. The Wizards goal is to work it inside first and then that should open up better option when an outside shot is called for. The best example of the right way for the Wizards to play was against the Mavericks. The Wizards scored 101 points including 55 percent in the second half. The Wizards were 7 of 12 from three-point distance in the second half, but the shots beyond the arc were taken in the rhythm of the offense and not out of desperation. Getting stuck: An offense that tends to stall has hurt the Wizards. On Saturday against the Jazz the Wizards had a 13-point lead in the first quarter, but by the end of the opening 12 minutes only had a 17-15 point lead. The Wizards recovered and built an 8-point lead in the second half when they led 53-45 midway through the third quarter. The Wizards then scored only 23 points over the game’s final minutes. It has been a problem all season. Offensive droughts: At Cleveland–scored 24 points in the first quarter, but then had only 15 in the second quarter Vs. Boston---scored only 12 points in the first quarter, but still rallied before losing 89-86 At Boston---in an overtime loss on the road, the Wizards paid for a sluggish third quarter when they only shot 35 percent and scored 16 points Vs. Indiana–the potential for the first win of the season looked promising until the Wizards only scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. At Charlotte–in the second quarter the Bobcats outscored the Wizards 29-12. Here was a case where bad offense then drained the Wizards on defense. Vs. Utah–as part of the Wizards late collapse, they only scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. Going forward the Wizards can take heart in a defense that is solid and consistent. It’s now about becoming more consistent and offense and a big part of that is getting more consistent individual performances.
Through nine games the Wizards are consistently inconsistent. The result is a 0-9 start for the first time in franchise history after Monday night’s 96-89 loss to the Indiana Pacers. The start to the game for the Wizards was as maddening as the finish was encouraging. After scoring only 13 points