Wizards Report November 24Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
An NBA season is a marathon and not a sprint, but the Wizards are eager to win some races in the form of victories. The 0-10 Wizards’ quest for success continues tonight at home against the Charlotte Bobcats. Here is a The Wizards Week in Review: LISTEN: wizwkzzzz Here is today’s Wizards Report: LISTEN: wizreportnov24 On Wednesday the Wizards were tantalizingly close to a road victory and quality win over the Atlanta Hawks. One referee signaled made basket on Martell Webster’s putback of a Kevin Seraphin miss as the buzzer sounded at the end of the first overtime. Upon further review it was a 101-100 loss to the Hawks. Martell Webster: “The game was right there for us to take. We went right down to the last possession, and to have it taken away from us like that really hurts. You never want to put yourself in a position where the refs make the call. There were a couple of times in free throw situations and jump shot situations where we should have come up with the rebound and didn’t.” Other chances: Webester and the Wizards know they had other chances to win the game against the Hawks. In the final 1:05 of overtime Al Horford went 0 for 4 from the free throw line, but the Hawks kept possession on his second miss. The Wizards dominated the Hawks on the boards 58-37, but picked the wrong time to fail at the glass. Close calls: In a season filed with close games the Wizards have also struggled to value possessions with the leads. Leading 98-94 with 2:25 left in overtime, the Wizards did the work at the defensive end and had two chances to extend their lead. Instead A.J. Price missed a layup and Kevin Seraphin a hook shot. The Wizards have lost their last four games by a total of 17 points. That’s an average margin of defeat of a little over four points per-game. Essentially that’s two possessions that did not go the Wizards way. It is impressive that it has been that close because the Wizards have also had to battle through extended offensive droughts. Randy Wittman: We do too much on offense. It’s dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble. That gets us in trouble. Nene: Just a day removed from playing almost 20 minutes against the Hawks, Nene was back at practice on Friday. Nene said he was understandably sore from his first competitive game since the Olympics on August 8th, but there was no issue with the plantar fasciitis in his left foot. On the court Nene showed little rust. In addition to his 12 point sin 20 minutes, Nene disrupted the Hawks with his ability to alter shots. Ariza on the rise: After a slow start offensively to the season, Trevor Ariza has scored in double-digits in three of the last five games. Ariza had 12 points and 15 rebounds against the Hawks. While he was 3 of 14 from the field, Ariza has been more aggressive in driving to the basket. Now he needs to finish. Taking a look at the shot chart Ariza missed five layups and one putback after he grabbed the rebound. On defense Ariza has been as advertised with 22 steals in ten games. Bobcats: The Bobcats are a perimeter oriented team. They are aggressive on defense and go after steals to trigger their offense. Kemba Walker, who was more of a combo-guard in college, is settling into his role as the Bobcats’ point guard. The Wizards need to be careful with the Bobcats bench. Ben Gordon and Raman Sessions can change games. In the Bobcats 92-76 win over the Wizards earlier this month. Sessions led the Bobcats in scoring with 21 points.
Jordan Crawford had a chance to win it with a jumper at the end of regulation. Chris Singleton had a chance to win it at the free throw line at the end of the first overtime. By the second overtime the Wizards had run out of chances in a 108-106 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. So close: At the end