The Wizards chose tonight to turn in their most pathetic and embarrassing performance of the season. The crowd was amped with Kevin Garnett making his return home for the Wolves. The Wizards had an early double-digit lead but ended up getting blown out 97-77. Things are really, really, really bad right now and don’t look to be getting better anytime soon.
The Wizards started this one with an early 11-1 lead even though they shot poorly to begin. Thing is, Minnesota shot just as bad and only scored 11 points in the quarter and didn’t score their first field goal until the 5:27 mark of the first quarter. The Wolves tried to get Garnett his first bucket back early on. They ran a couple of plays for him where he had wide-open jumpers he just couldn’t connect.
It was a homecoming for Humphries as well who is from the Minnesota area. He came right into the game and asserted himself with this nasty slam:
That was the only positive thing a Wizards player did tonight.
Even though they shot 32% in the first quarter, the Wizards still held a 20-11 lead.
The Wizards were able to stretch the lead out to 11 in the second quarter on back to back shots from Martell Webster (seems like the first time I’ve said that all season). Then the ice cold shooting began for the Wiz. The Wolves utilized a 9-2 run in the quarter to get back in this one. With the game tied at 42, the Wizards ran an end of quarter play which resulted in a corner 3 for Drew Gooden which got blocked. Yeah….. The game was tied at 42 at half but you felt this one slipping away.
It officially slipped away in the third quarter as the Wolves outscored the Wizards 32-18. Andrew Wiggins was doing whatever he wanted to do against whoever was guarding him.
Nene started coming to life in the fourth quarter scoring eight straight points for this team but it was too little too late. This is by far the worst game the Wizards have played this year. To get blown out by 20 against a team who had 12 wins is pitiful. Wiz look to rebound on Friday against the 76ers.
The Wizards are 11-15 since the start of the new year; ranking them 10th out of all of the Eastern Conference teams. In addition, this team is 2-9 in their last 11 games. The Lakers, Knicks, and 76ers also boast a 2-9 record in their last 11 games.