Wizards Report November 20Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
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 in the first quarter, the Wizards rallied from a 20-point third quarter deficit to pull to within one point at 86-85 with 3:30 remaining in the game. Here is the Wizards Report: LISTEN: WIZARDS_REPORT-_NOV20 Randy Wittman: “We have to figure out how to play a whole game. We have no consistency in our group play. When you start off like we did tonight there is no excuse.” First quarter, worst quarter: It was just on Saturday that the Wizards opened the game with an 11-0 run against the Utah Jazz. On Monday, head coach Randy Wittman was forced to call a timeout just 3:35 into the game when the Pacers started with a 13-4 run. It didn’t get better for the home team. The Pacers continued to dominate and built a 19-point lead before finishing the first quarter with a 28-13 lead. The Wizards were only 5 of 19 from the field. Who and when: When Wittman talks about consistency in group play, he is referring to a difficult in predicting performances from his players. There have been games when the starting five has played well, but there has been a drop off in bench production. Conversely there have been games when the reserves have had to rescue the starters. Against the Pacers Wizards starters combined for only eight baskets. Usually red-hot Jordan Crawford was 2 of 12 from the field. A game after pulling down 14 rebounds against the Jazz, Emeka Okafor only played 9 minutes with one point and one rebound. Putting it on the line: A factor in the Wizards 0-9 starts has been their struggle to get to the free throw line. Twice this season the Wizards have only attempted seven free throws in a game. Against the Pacers, the Wizards were 23 of 31 from the free throw line. Bradley Beal was 7 of 9 from the line. Beal’s decision to attack the basket more helped him to 18 points. Before last night Beal was 7 of his last 31 from the field. In the first half against the Pacers, Beal opened 0 for 4 from the field, but then made four of his final eight shot attempts. Stepping up: In his second game with the Wizards point guard Shaun Livingston looked more comfortable. Livingston’s guidance of the offense in second half helped trigger the Wizards rally from 20-points down. Livingston finished with 10 points, 4 assists, and 0 turnovers. Chris Singleton is known for his aggressive play and against the Pacers he came up with two critical steals to give energy to the Wizards second half rally. Singleton also had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Bread and Butter: In the end the Pacers prevailed because they played through their go-to guys. David West finished with 30 points and Roy Hibbert added 20 points. West and Hibbert helped the Pacers to a 42-28 advantage in points-in-the-paint. The high percentage baskets masked the Pacers 21 turnovers. Going forward: “I believe in these guys. They can win. It’s not that I don’t believe in them. I don’t have any doubts.” The words of head coach Randy Wittman.
There is encouraging news about the progress of John Wall and Nene as they continue to recover from injuries. While that provides hope for the future, the Wizards are fixed on stopping their season-opening nine-game losing streak tonight against the Hawks in Atlanta. It is not clear when Nene, who