Wizards Report November 26Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
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 lead at the end of the first quarter of play. In a recent home game against the Jazz the Wizards had a 17-15 lead after the opening 12 minutes, but it was part of bad offensive night when they only shot 36 percent from the field. In Charlotte the Wizards had a first quarter advantage, but then were outscored 29-12 in the second quarter. In addition to trailing at the end of the first quarter in nine of eleven games this season, the Wizards have had to battle through the huge early deficits. In four games this season the Wizards have fallen behind by double-digits in the first quarter. Largest first quarter deficits: 11/19 vs. Indiana (-19) 11/3 vs. Boston (-16) 11/24 vs. Charlotte (-13) 11/21 at Atlanta (-10) It is a curious fact that three of four largest first quarter deficits for the Wizards have come at home. It is also worth noting that the early game struggles have come with different starting lineups. So far the Wizards have used three different starting lineups. Games for the Wizards have often followed a pattern of early trouble followed by a strong response like the Wizards experienced on Saturday night: LISTEN: 1G-CHA-SESSIONS BANK SHOT---12-23 LISTEN: 1I-NENE STEAL AND OKAFOR SLAM---23-25 Not surprisingly given the Wizards sluggish starts, more often than not the bench has provided much of the scoring. Only four times this season has the starting five scored the majority of the Wizards’ points in a game. In the overtime loss in Atlanta, Wizards starters only scored 38 points. In the double-overtime loss to the Bobcats, the starting five only provided 35 points. Nene encore: Out since August 8th when he played for Brazil in the Olympics, Nene has made an immediate impact on the Wizards. The Wizards want to be careful with Nene, who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, and in his first game back in Atlanta he only played 20 minutes. On Saturday against the Bobcats, Nene pushed it to 29 minutes and 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Nene also served as an inspiration to teammates like Bradley Beal. Hear more in today’s Wizards Report: LISTEN: wizrepnov26 Mood swings: The Wizards have been consistent in effort, but wildly inconsistent in production from individual players. In the last four games only Jordan Crawford among the starters managed to score in double figures in consecutive games. The last two games Crawford failed to reach double figures while going 8 for 23 from the field. Crawford is not the only player who has struggled to deliver consistent numbers. It has been a team problem. Spurs: The Spurs played yesterday afternoon in Toronto and were able to defeat the Raptors 111-106 in double-overtime. The Spurs still have their familiar one-two punch. In the win over the raptors, Tony Parker scored 32 points and Tim Duncan added 26 points. The Spurs are 7-1 on the road this season.
Missing Nene and John Wall, the Washington Wizards are a team in search of an identity and consistency from its players. The San Antonio Spurs drafted Tim Duncan 15 years ago and are well on their way to a 16th consecutive winning season after a 118-92 win over the Wizards. The game was competitive