Wizards Report December 7Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
By Dave Johnson
The Washington Wizards wanted Tuesday’s game against the defending champion Miami Heat to be their statement game of the season. A convincing win over the Heat delivered the statement, but now the Wizards are focused on creating a more complete story defined by multiple victories starting tonight in Atlanta.
The statement win over the Heat will fall apart like a sentence fragment if the Wizards slip into bad habits on offense. The 31 assists recorded by the Wizards in the win over the Heat showed the team’s potential, but just a game before the Wizards only had 11 assists against the Knicks.
Here is today’s Wizards Report:
As heard in the Wizards Report, key defensive stops were still a big part of the story on a night when the Wizards turned in their most disciplined sand efficient offensive performance of the season. While the Heat with 101 points still scored close to their season-average, the Wizards defensive intensity never wavered.
Taking the fifth:
When Chris Singleton made his first start of the season on Tuesday, it created the Wizards fifth different starting lineup used this season. Singleton was a fixture in the starting five last season when he made 51 starts and played in all 66 regular season games. Singleton delivered 9 points and 9 rebounds and that key block against LeBron James in the fourth quarter that was included in today’s Wizards Report. Assuming the lineup stays the same tonight, Singleton is an option in dealing with the Hawks’ Josh Smith.
New look, familiar faces:
Danny Ferry, son of former Bullets general manager Bob Ferry, is now the general manager of the Hawks. The younger Ferry paid his dues working in the San Antonio front office, before his successful run in charge of Cleveland. There have been a number of changes. Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams are no longer with the Hawks. Johnson is now in Brooklyn. Williams is with the Jazz. Jeff Teague is running the offense at the point and has improved his ability to shoot from the outside. Josh Smith is still a highlight waiting to happen and provides matchup challenges. In the middle Al Horford is still a force. The Hawks have won seven of their last eight games and are off to an impressive 10-5 start.
Atlanta is a nice city, but the Wizards have lost nine straight games here The Wizards last win in Atlanta was back in January of 2008, the last season the Wizards made the playoffs. Overall the Wizards have dropped 16 of their last 17 games against the Hawks and only averaged 88 points in those games. In fact the Wizards had lost their last eight games in Atlanta by an average of 13 points, until the one point loss in overtime on November 21.
The last time:
Upon further review, the Washington Wizards dropped to 0-10 with aloss on November 21 in Atlanta. The Hawks survived a game with twenty lead changes and a video review to defeat the Wizards 101-100 in overtime.
With 7.3 seconds left in overtime Kevin Seraphin hit a 15-foot jumper to give the Wizards 100-98 lead, only to have Kyle Korver work off a screen and nail a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left. After a time out, Seraphin missed a 14-foot jump-hook that was caught by Martlell Webster and then put back for what the Wizards thought was the game-winning basket. Webster’s score was ruled to be after the time expired.
The dramatic moments:
Seraphin basket and then Korver game-winner:
The Wizards chance with 1.9 seconds left:
The loss spoiled Nene’s season debut:
It’s hard not to get a sense of deja-vu with the Washington Wizards. Down by 18 points in the third quarter, the Wizards were able to make fans in Atlanta squirm when it was a two point game in the fourth quarter before succumbing to a 104-95 loss to the Hawks. It was a familiar script for the Wizards in a season that has produced only two wins against 14 losses. For the sixth time this season, and the second time against the Hawks, the Wizards fell behind by double-digits in the first quarter. Here is today’s Wizards Report: