The Washington Wizards have these type of games where they love to tease their fan base. Everyone that touches the floor will provide max effort and the result leads to a big win over a team they have no business defeating. Such was the case against the Miami Heat in early December and against the Oklahoma City Thunder last night.
If the Wizards could get this type of play on a nightly basis we would be looking at a team with the makings of brighter future once John Wall returns. Players that actually play up to their potential on a nightly basis, imagine that.
Last night the Wizards beat the Thunder with a complete team effort. Players didn’t play outside of themselves, something that has been happening most of the season. The Wizards need to put in the game tape from last night and watch continuously to remind themselves of the type of performance they are capable of. Competing at that high of a level on a nightly basis should be their next goal.
Jan Vesley made the case for more playing time last night. This is the way Vesley needs to play, hustling. He isn’t going to out muscle anyone but hustle will get the job done. Even with the return of Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster should still see solid minutes. His shot is starting to come around and his effort on the defensive side of the ball has picked up as of late.
Effort from the Wizards needs to happen on a nightly basis. Trust, they were aided by a Thunder team that probably came in thinking last night was going to be an easy win. With that being said, the effort they displayed last night should not be overlooked by any means. Effort wins games when your talent is lacking. Effort wins those close games at the end. Effort can’t be denied, no matter your record.