Wizards Report January 3rdPosted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
By Dave Johnson
The Washington Wizards know how to be competitive and make games interesting. They also know how to make things hard on themselves and proved that once again by falling behind by 17-points in the first quarter of an 89-81 loss to the Pacers in Indiana.
It marked the 13th time this season the Wizards have had to deal with a double-digit deficit in the first quarter. To the Wizards credit more often than not they have rallied to make games close and even recently defeated Orlando despite a 17-point first quarter deficit.
Here is today’s Wizards Report:
“We always have a stretch that is just horrendous. It’s not a normal ebb and flow, where you might get outscored by six or eight, and start playing and make your adjustments. I mean, it’s 17, 18 points.”
The Wizards have now lost nine straight overall to the Pacers and have not won in Indiana since April of 2007. In November the Wizards lost on the road to the Pacers 89-85. In that loss the Wizards were only 5 of 7 from the free throw line. Last night the Wizards were not much better making 8 of 10 free throw attempts.. In the previous game against the Pacers, a 96-89 loss at Verizon Center, the Wizards trailed the Pacers 24-7. Last night the Wizards fell behind to the Pacers 24-7.
Bradley Beal is the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December, but had a rough start to the game against the Pacers. At halftime Beal only had two points, but he showed his potential for lethal scoring when he scored 8 points in the final 1:11 of the game to give the Wizards a chance at a dramatic win. In December Beal led all Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (13.4 ppg) and total assists with (41) in December. He had six games with 15-plus points during the month and made a career-high eight field goals in a 100-95 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Dec.18.
The Pacers only shot 37 percent from the field and beat the Wizards by getting to the free throw line where they were made 26 of 31 attempts. Again the Wizards were only 8 of 10 from the line. The Pacers are also one of the best rebounding teams in the league and showed it with a 48-41 advantage on the boards and 13-2 in second chance points.
Indiana is a good tough and physical team so they’re going to get to the line more. The bottom line is we have to stop teams from making big runs on us. And until we do that, we’re going to have games like we did last night and tonight.”
The Wizards had an impressive 24 assists on 35 made field goals, but were saddled with 19 turnovers that led to 17 Pacers points. Both Garrett Temple and Jordan Crawford recorded 7 assists.
It’s not unreasonable to expect at least one win out of five overtime games. In a season that has largely defied reason, the Washington Wizards are now 0-5 after Friday’s 115-113 double-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center.