The All-Star break couldn’t have came at a more inopportune time for the Washington Wizards. Prior to the break they had been on a roll winning four out of the past five games. Usually, players long for that break seeing it as a time to relax and rejuvenate but not teams that are streaking. Their fear is of that short break instantly cooling them off and that is exactly what happened to the Wizards against the Toronto Raptors.
While once again holding another opponent to under 100 points, the Wizards only managed to shoot a dismal 38 percent from the field tonight. It comes a point in time when a team has to realize that no matter how good they are playing on defense, they still have to score baskets to win games. The Wizards two best players were the main culprits in this horrendous shooting night. John Wall went 1-12 from the field while Nene Hilario was only slightly better shooting 3-11.
It’s not like the Wizards have a 30 point scorer on their team. Either Wall and Nene have to shoot much better to win or realize when they are having off nights and continue to feed those who are putting the ball through the rim. Martell Webster should have had more than nine shot attempts.
Where was Emeka Okafor?
Spending the critical fourth quarter on the bench as an observer. Okafor started the game off getting baskets inside and then all of sudden the Wizards forgot that they actually held an advantage in the paint. Randy Whittman may have also made an error in keeping Bradley Beal on the bench far too long to begin the fourth. On a night where the team was struggling to score he couldn’t afford to have his best shooter and scorer tonight sitting on the bench for half of the final quarter.
While the Wizards have made strides since their awful start, they still continue to show that they have a long way to go. Players need to continue to work on their games and the coach needs to continue to work on his rotation and substitution patterns. By the way, has anyone seen Jordan Crawford?