Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the Wizards lay another egg, this time to the Atlanta Hawks at home losing 103-97 on Friday night. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 32 points tonight but it didn’t matter on a night when the Wizards no-showed yet again to a sub .500 team.
After trailing for nearly the entire game, Washington was able to regain the lead by six, 93-87 on the heels of a personal 7-0 run from Bradley Beal. However, that quickly evaporated as the Hawks used a 12-0 run late in the fourth quarter to regain the lead and drop Washington to their latest embarrassing loss of the season.
No effort and no energy from the beginning
The Wizards couldn’t have cared less about tonight’s game – and you saw that right from the beginning. Washington played with no energy and even less urgency against a team compiled of rookies, G-League call-ups, and guys who you’ve probably never heard of before.
Washington found themselves down 11, 50-39 in the second quarter and you wondered if the rest of the Wizards team might pack it in for the evening like Markieff Morris did early in the game (he was ejected in the first quarter).
Save for a run where they took the lead midway through the fourth quarter, Washington looked like a team ready for the season to be over so they could hit the beach; not a team looking to hit its stride right before the playoffs.
Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the Wizards find a way to disappoint that much more. We’ve seen this movie before though.
Kelly Oubre finds his shot from three
Kelly Oubre’s struggles from three-point range have been well documented over the past six games. The third-year player connected on just 2-35 attempts from distance coming into tonight’s game.
After missing his first three-pointer of the night, Oubre connected on his next three and ended the night 3-7 from three-point range. It’s not like Oubre was lights out tonight, however, it was very relieving to see him knock down more three-pointers tonight than in the last six games combined.
As mentioned, Oubre isn’t completely out of his funk evidenced as he missed all six two-point attempts.
Next Up: Washington hosts the Boston Celtics in the final home game of the season.