1st quarter – The truth came out firing to get this team going hot out of the gates scoring the teams first 5 points and 7 overall in the quarter. The team looked sloppy at first committing several turnovers but that was to be expected in the team’s first regular season game. John Wall looked like his usual self with 4 points and 4 assists in the first quarter. Otto Porter even confidently stepped into and hit a 3 point shot. Early in the quarter, the team seemed content with settling for jump shots but that changed with a few put backs and post ups from Gooden III and Gortat respectively. Wizards up 28-22.
2nd quarter – It’s pretty apparent that there is quite the drop off when the second unit comes in. The wizards only had 1 field goal through the first minutes of the quarter. Once the starters began checking back in, Drew Gooden III led the way with a couple of put backs and jumpers. The Wizards withstood an excellent shooting quarter from the heat. The heat shot well over 50% in the quarter including 16 points from Chris Bosh. The Wizards will need to clamp down on defense and work on preventing Dwade and Bosh from getting open jump shots to get away with this win.
3rd quarter – It’s a game of runs… The wizards came out hot. John Wall decided that it was time to take the game over and scored on three straight possessions. He drove aggressively to the hole and but did not get any calls even wit ha lot of contact. Paul Pierce was true on a few buckets whenever the Wizards needed them. Their biggest Achilles heel this quarter was sloppiness. Several arrant passes. There was even a jump ball after a scramble that the Wizards did not win whne Dwayne Wade didn’t even jump for it. Dwayne Wade went to the sideline with a knee injury.
4th Quarter – This continued to be a game of runs. The heat pushed the lead to 9 points behing Norris Cole, yes Norris Cole who had a career high 23 points and a dagger late in the shot clock from 26 feet out. Once again, the free throw shooting reared its ugly head again as the Wizards struggled with their free throws down the stretch. Since the 2nd team was so atrocious, Randy Wittman opted to keep the starters in for the bulk of the second half. I agree with the decision to do so. Tough not to get this one but tomorrow the team is back at it in Orlando.