Another game, another loss for the Washington Wizards. The latest defeat came at the hands of the slumping Los Angeles Lakers. When you aren’t a good team, like the Wizards, you can’t afford to make many mistakes. When you are the inferior team you can’t allow players to come off the opposing teams bench and have nights like Jodie Meeks did for the Lakers.
The Lakers currently have only two stars playing for their top heavy team and limped into Washington on a three game losing streak. Tonight seemed like the night the Wizards could sneak another rare victory against a marquee NBA team. The one thing they couldn’t do was to allow anyone other than Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard to go off. What happened? Somebody other than Bryant and Howard went off, helping the Lakers edge the Wizards 102-96.
Meeks has a representation as a good shooter when open. Run him off the line, make him put the ball on the floor and you limit his effectiveness. The Wizards let Meeks get rolling and never seemed to find him in time to prevent him from scoring big. It seems like common basketball sense would tell you to find the hot hand. Basketball sense is something that seems to be lacking most nights with the Wizards. Meeks finished with 24 points, five rebounds, and three steals on a night where Howard was in foul trouble and only scored 12. Bryant finished with 30 points on 29 shots, Metta World Peace scored 13. No other Laker finished in double digits.
If only the Wizards would have paid a little more attention to Meeks, a win was in their grasp. Instead they head to Florida tomorrow to face a Miami Heat team that is definitely seeking revenge for being losing to the team with the worst record in professional basketball.