Wizards Report November 25Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
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 of regulation Jordan Crawford missed a jumper from just beyond the top of the key that more often than not he makes. Regulation ended with the game tied at 92. LISTEN: 4O-4TH QTR FINAL CALL FOR OT Chris Singleton was fouled on a three-point attempt at the end of the first overtime. Singleton only made two of three free throws and the game moved to the second overtime tied at 99-99. LISTEN:5E-FINAL CALL 1ST OT---99-99 In both overtimes the Wizards stumbled as they tried to extend a lead. In the first overtime the Wizards led 97-95 and then had three chances to go ahead by even more. Instead after three missed shots, the Bobcats buried a three-pointer for his first points since the first half. A 20-foot jump shot by Nene as the shot clock expired in the second overtime allowed the Wizards to build a 102-99 advantage. LISTEN: 6A-NENE JUMPER---102-99 After working hard to get a defensive stop, the Wizards failed to convert and extend the lead to five points. The loss masked a heroic effort by Nene. In his second game back from plantar fasciitis, Nene came off the bench and played over 29 minutes with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Martell Webster also came off the bench to lead the Wizards in scoring with 21 points, including, 8 of 10 from the free throw line. Chris Singleton continues his campaign for more playing time with 13 points 12 rebounds. Here is today’s Wizards Report: LISTEN:DAVE_JOHNSON_WIZARDS_REPORT_11-24-12 Randy Wittman: “I tell the guys, and they think sometimes I’m crazy, it’s hard to win. You’ve got to make plays down the stretch. I thought we had three great looks, they didn’t go in.” “I’m not pointing a finger at my players. Obviously it lies with me, I know it lies with me and I’ve got to figure a way out to get this right. That’s what my job is. And I’ll take full responsibility for that and I’ll continue to work and try to find a starting combination, people to play. That’s my job. Obviously, I’m not pushing the right buttons or pulling the right strings right now. I’ll continue to try to figure that out.” The win allowed the Bobcats to record their seventh win of the season and match their victory total for all of last year. In the Bobcats 7-59 campaign, they lost on average by 13 points. The Wizards are still winless at 0-11, but have been far more competitive. The Wizards have lost their last five games by a total of 19 points. That is less than four points per-game, but it is of little consolation. It is easy to focus on the final seconds, but the Wizards are also paying the price for missed opportunities earlier in games. Bad Start: With 2:14 left in the first quarter, the Wizards trailed 25-12. It had the feel of the second quarter in Charlotte earlier this month when the Wizards were outscored by the Bobcats 29-12. Slow starts are nothing new for the Wizards and they have made games close even after dealing with double-digit deficits in the opening 12 minutes. The bad start repeated in the second half. The Wizards led at halftime 51-50, but then the Bobcats opened the third quarter on an 11-2 run. Right combination?: For the second consecutive game, the Wizards went with Shaun Livingston and Jordan Crawford in the back court, Kevin Seraphin at center, and Bradley Beal and Jan Vesely at forward. Beal was the only starter in double figures with 13 points, but he was 3 of 12 from the field. Crawford also struggled and was 4 of 15 from the field. The starting five combined for only 38 of the Wizards 106 points. The Wizards have now used three different starting lineups in the first 11 games and all three combinations of players have had their struggles early in games.
The Washington Wizards are proof positive that it is not easy to play from behind in the NBA. As they prepare to host the San Antonio Spurs tonight at Verizon Center, the Wizards are still winless and can point to the start of games as a reason why. Only twice this season have the Wizards had the