Wizards Report November 27Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
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 until the Spurs put together a 10-0 run over the final three minutes of the first half. The Spurs then opened the third quarter on a 16-2 run to force the Wizards into a timeout with 9:44 on the clock. Without Nene because of a sore left foot, the Wizards never recovered. Here is today’s Wizards Report: LISTEN: DAVE_JOHNSON_REPORT_11-26-12 Head coach Randy Wittman: “I think we came out with good energy. We played a good first quarter. I didn’t mind our start at all. Like I said we were down four at the half and then in the third quarter they made a run and we couldn’t get our momentum back from there. ” Martell Webster: “It comes down to us. We are all embarrassed plain and simple. We knew the game plan and didn’t come out and execute it, lack of execution defensively. We had shots falling. All around effort was not up to par but there are no excuses. Guys continue to play hard but overall it was embarrassing.” The Spurs: The Spurs are in the midst of their 16th consecutive season. It is a run that coincides with the arrival of Tim Duncan. With last night’s win the Spurs are now 12-3 and 8-1 on the road. The Wizards have lost 13 straight to the Spurs and have not beat them since a win at home in January of 2005. Against the Wizards the Spurs were a study in basketball efficiency. The ball barely touched the floor. The Spurs recorded a season-high 32 assists on 45 made field goals. A day after beating the Raptors in double-overtime, the Spurs were able to turn to their bench and were led in scoring by Tiago Splitter with 16 points. Tony Parker only played 22 minutes, and added 15 points. Duncan, only played 23 minutes, but scored 8 of his 14 points in the Spurs decisive run to open the third quarter. For a start: For the fourth time this season the Wizards changed their starting lineup. For the first time Trevor Ariza and Kevin Seraphin both started at forward. Bradley Beal, 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Bobcats, returned to the starting five. The Wizards bolted out to an early 15-9 lead. By the end of the quarter the Spurs led 29-25. It was not a bad opening 12 minutes for the Wizards, but they only shot 39 percent from the field. The game still comes down to making shots and the Wizards on the season are only shooting 39 percent from the field. Nene: In overtime losses to the Hawks and Bobcats, Nene played his first two games of the season. He had last played a competitive game at the Olympics in early August and has been battling plantar fasciitis. Nene could not go Monday after having played 29 minutes against the Bobcats. Final shot: For the Wizards there is a not a glaring negative number that stands out from the box score. The Wizards only had 11 turnovers. The Wizards competed on the boards with 40 rebounds to the Spurs 43. While they only made four of them, the Wizards only attempted 14 three-point attempts. The Wizards had 10 steals. The Spurs were still too much.
The season has not been easy for the Washington Wizards and neither was their first win. Despite building a season-high 15-ppint lead in the fourth quarter, the Wizards had to rely on their defense to pull out an 84-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Here is the Wizards Report: LISTEN: