Same ol’ shit, just a different day.
Washington tries to dig themselves out of a 24-point hole only to come up short on Friday night falling to Orlando, 117-108. Bradley Beal led the team with 27 points and John Wall had a near triple-double with 19 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds as the House of Guards (do people still call them that?) put up the bulk of their numbers during the second half comeback.
The Wizards came out focused and were executing early on. As a result, they led 18-7 early in the first quarter forcing the Magic to burn a couple of timeouts. That focus and attention to detail spiraled out of control shortly thereafter as Orlando ended the quarter on a 23-7 run to take a 35-28 lead.
Poor play from the bench unit coupled by 14 first-half turnovers and before you knew it, Washington found themselves in a 15-point hole, 63-48 at halftime.
The Wizards didn’t start their comeback until the fourth quarter when Scott Brooks went with a Wall-Beal-Rivers-Oubre-Green lineup. That lineup was energized defensively and it carried over to the offensive end. Washington was able to cut it to 1, 106-105, on the heels of a 17-7 run but baskets from Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier would kill the comeback attempt.
Washington loses 117-108, falls to 2-9 on the season.
Wizards waste a good start
One of the issues with the Wizards, among many, is that they’ve been getting off to slow starts in games. That wasn’t the case tonight as Washington started 8-11 from the field for a quick 18-7 lead.
Dwight Howard, making his return to Orlando was outstanding early on. The Wizards made an effort to get the big man some opportunities to start, getting him some touches close to the rim as he started the game 3-3 from the field.
Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris knocked down open threes and it looked like the law of averages were maybe starting to swing back in Washington’s direction. But starting 8-11 from the field for an early 18-7 lead wasn’t enough as Washington’s lead quickly evaporated by the end of the quarter.
The Wizards locked in for 6 minutes and played very well. The issue is, they zoned out for the next 30. Playing inspired and focused basketball for periods won’t work in the NBA – you have to put it together for 48 minutes. Case in point, Washington’s 2-9 record.
There’s lazy, then there’s Wizards lazy
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