Earlier this week, Wall said this was the most important game of the season.
It didn’t look like at as the Wizards got smacked by the Jazz, 114-93. The Wizards looked lazy and really uninterested in playing basketball tonight.
Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 27 points as John Wall and the Wizards had no answer.
Wall led the way for the Wizards with 24 points but don’t let the numbers fool you. Wall only had nine points through three quarters and scored 15 more in the fourth quarter during garbage time.
The Wizards didn’t lose any ground as the Bulls and Pistons lost but regardless, this season is spiraling out of control quickly.
Wizards lack desperation: In “the most important game of the season”, the Wizards lacked urgency. The Jazz on the other hand were hustling to loose balls, diving on the floor, and battling for rebounds. You know, the stuff teams do when they’re just right outside the playoff race. The Wizards played poor defense giving up 114 points to a team that averages 97 per game.
It starts with Wall. Shelvin Mack outplayed Wall tonight in “the most important game of the season.” Mack was more aggressive and came out with a killer’s mentality.
Wall looked hesitant. In addition, Wall’s defense has fallen off a cliff this year and that was evident tonight.
Fast break Points: The Wizards are the second best team in the NBA in transition but only managed six fast break points; all of which came in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand. Utah turned it over 18 times but the Wizards couldn’t capitalize.
Wall finally got going late getting some easy layups at the rim and getting to the free throw line. But at that point, the game was already well out of hand.