Wizards Report December 12Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
By Dave Johnson
The “Big Easy” was really more like the big freeze. Temperatures on the outside in New Orleans were unusually low and in the 40’s. Temperatures on the inside were even colder when measured by shooting percentage in the Wizards 77-70 win over the Hornets.
At halftime the Wizards were only shooting 28 percent from the field, but only trailed the Hornets 42-36. The Wizards used their defense to win the game by holding the Hornets to only ten points in the fourth quarter. The Wizards won despite shooting only 32 percent from the field.
Randy Wittman: “After that first quarter, this game was kind of indicative of how our team is through injuries, through bad starts, through digging a hole and staying in the game, not giving up whether it be when we’re shooting, I think 20 percent and 11 points in the first quarter. We just kept our heads in (the game). We kept fighting and kept it close. I thought that was the key. Going into halftime, our guys felt good. We were down by seven or six at the half, and we hadn’t really played well at all, so we said ‘Hey, it’s going to click offensively’. We just have to keep our defense going.’ Our defense was really good again tonight and won the game for us obviously. I’m really proud of our guys.”
Here is today’s Wizards Report:
Here is a montage of the victory produced by Ben Raby and with music by Kid Rock:
With A.J. Price out with broken hand, Jordan Crawford started for the Wizards at point guard. It was a slow start for Crawford, who did not have an assist at halftime, but finished with 26 points and 4 assists.
Wittman on Crawford:
“It was good. Early on, again, the first time kind of starting there and you could see him thinking, it’s going to be a little bit of a process. How we have to get going at the start of games and everybody clutching the ball, the movement and stuff, he second guessed a little bit, but I knew that was going to happen. That’s something that will come along, but I thought he came down the stretch and really made some big shots.”
Best of the rest:
Nene played 20 minutes and recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Bradley Beal finished in double scoring for the fourth consecutive games. Beal scored 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting from the field. Eemeka Okafor was an anchor on defense and had two blocked shots.
The Wizards will need to find a way to better offense tonight when they play the Rockets here in Houston.
The Houston Rockets most recent game tells the team’s story. The Rockets are 9-11 after a 134-126 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Rockets can compete with any team because they can score with any team. The Rockets are hanging around the .500 level because they are last in the league in points allowed at 105.4 per game.
Linsanity, Texas style:
It was about nine months ago that Jeremy Lin took New York and the NBA by storm with his electric play. Lin has had a slow start to his time in Houston, but he exploded in Monday’s loss to the Spurs when he scored a season-high 38 points to go with seven assists. In the previous three games Lin had scored a total of 15 points. Lin filled the Rockets’ scoring void with leading scorer James Harden out with an ankle injury.
While James Harden returned to practice Tuesday after missing the loss to the Spurs with a sprained ankle, Jeremy Lin rolled his ankle in the same practice Harden played through the pain on Saturday and scored 39 points against the Mavericks and is averaging 24.7 points per-game.
The Rockets are one of the NBA’s best rebounding team. Six players are averaging over four rebounds per-game led by center Omar Asik at 11.4 per-games. As a team the Rockets are ranked seventh in the NBA in rebounds at 44.1 per game.
Against the Rockets, the Wizards have to crash the boards and be strong on pick and roll defense.
The Washington Wizards were able to hold the Houston Rockets below their season average in scoring. Unfortunately it was just an average night on offense for the Wizards and their bid for a second consecutive win on the road came up short in a 99-93 loss to the Rockets. As has been the case all season, defense has not been the issue for the Wizards. The Rockets are averaging over 104 points per-game and in the first half the Wizards held them to 45 points on 38 percent shooting from the field. It was almost 42 points, but Toney Douglas scored an uncontested 50-footer at the buzzer. On the season the Wizards are last in the NBA in scoring at 90.4 points per-game and last in field goal percentage at 40 percent. Against the Rockets the Wizards scored 93 points and shot only 39 percent from the field. Because of their defense, the Wizards were close to beating the Rockets, with the NBA’s third best offense, on the road. Here is today’s Wizards Report: