Last night the Washington Wizards failed to capitalize on any momentum gained after beating the Miami Heat. They reverted back to the Wizard team that started the season 0-12. Poor ball movement, poor defense, and the lack of scoring from their starting lineup ended in another defeat at the the hands of the Atlanta Hawks.
I’m not sure how many games the Wizards expect to win with only one starter scoring in double digits. It seems as if every time Randy Whittman moves a starter to the bench, they perform better than in the starting lineup. This says a lot about the team as it is currently built. The absence of John Walldefinitely changes the makeup of the team being it was built to suit him. He is an athletic guard who pushes the pace, getting up and down the floor, tiring out opponents creating easy shots for teammates. An unhealthy Nene Hilario can also be the blame seeing as he and Wall were expected to be the cornerstones of this team. Nene brings a calm, stability to floor while providing the team with a true low post presence and high basketball IQ.
So what do the Wizards do in the meantime? Ernie Grunfeld has went on record saying he is looking at the big picture and his big picture is obviously different from the one every one else seems to be looking at. He believes this team is on the right train and will be on the right track as soon as they can get Wall healthy. The problem, no one knows when Wall will be healthy enough to even start running or jumping.
I am on record as saying I believe Grunfeld has over stayed his welcome in the Washington area. Whenever Wall returns we will know if Grunfeld’s claims of being on the right path are correct or if he was just doing an okay job of selling us a lemon in a used car lot. Only time will tell.