Wizards Report December 28Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
By Dave Johnson
Against the Cleveland Cavaliers the Washington did enough to win, but still found a way to lose. They will try to change that pattern tonight at home against the Orlando Magic and also stop an eight-game losing streak marked by several close calls.
Five of the eight losses in the streak have been by fewer than seven points with one game going to overtime. In the 87-84 defeat to the Cavaliers, the Wizards had one of their best shooting nights of the season, 46 percent from the field, and had a 51-38 advantage in rebounds. The Wizards’ 20 turnovers led to their demise.
Over the last eight games the Wizards have used five different starting lineups. The latest change was brought about with the addition of point guards Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple. Mack, who played with the Wizards last year, received the start and was credited with seven of the Wizards’ twenty two assists.
“They are going to be my point guards. We had pace and we had movement. The ball didn’t stick. They were thrust into a difficult situation, but they will become more comfortable”
Garrett Temple post game with Glenn Consor on the radio:
Kevin Seraphin is looking to get back to the encouraging form he displayed at the end of November and the start of this month. Over a six-game span ending with the December 8th loss to Golden State Seraphin recorded three double-doubles in points and rebounds. Seraphin averaged 15 points and 8.1 rebounds. Over the last five games Seraphin has only scored 30 points and only attempted two free throws. The free-throw issue has been a season-long problem for Seraphin who is only 19 of 25 from the line in 25 games.
Here is today's Wizards Report:
The Magic has not won since their 90-83 win over the Wizards in Orlando. Saddled with a three-games losing streak, the Magic are trying to find a way to win with Glenn Davis sidelined by a shoulder injury suffered late in the loss to the Wizards.
Davis had been averaging 16 points and 7.9 rebounds per game before the injury. In Davis’ absence the Magic has still been competitive with their three losses by a combined 10 points. On Wednesday the Magic lost to New Orleans 97-94 despite 28 points from Jameer Nelson. The Magic also had eleven three-pointers against the Hornets.
The Magic is a team that plays hard on defense. It is not that Magic tries to gamble or force turnovers, but instead will make opponents work for a shot deep into the clock. On offense the Magic would like to keep the pace even, but can be dangerous in transition with three-point shots.
The last time:
In an all too familiar scenario the Washington Wizards had the perseverance, but not the points. Down by 13 points in each half, the Wizards made the Orlando Magic squirm before missed opportunities in the fourth quarter led to a 90-83 loss.
Trailing 87-83 with 2:53 left in the game the Wizards had two opportunities to draw even closer. First Jordan Crawford committed a turnover. Then Nene drew a double team on a drive to the basket and found Emeka Okafor open in the lane. Okafor’s effort from four feet went off the rim.
To be sure it was frustrating to watch the Wizards challenge the Magic, only to have possessions fail late when they needed to work the most. In truth the Wizards downfall probably was sealed earlier when they only scored 13 points in the third quarter. The bad start to the second half muted the impact of the Wizards 15-4 run to close the second quarter.
“We lost the game in the third quarter. We came out in the third quarter and cared more about me than we. Who’s getting shots? I need shots. And I think we scored 13. Did we fight back and get back in it? Yes, but we’re not good enough to overcome those things. We’re not good enough. And we can’t play that way. That eight minute stretch in the third quarter was ridiculous. Very disappointing and it can’t happen.”
Here is the Wizards Report:
The Washington Wizards close out the 2012 calendar year tonight in Chicago against the Bulls. After Friday’s night’s 105-97 win over the Orlando Magic at Verizon Center, the Wizards have a chance at consecutive victories for the first time since the season-ending six-game winning streak in April.