Martell Webster Leaves Washington Wizards’ Game Early, Absence Glares Late
The Washington Wizards had to come into their game on Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks hoping to get another win to help boost their confidence going ahead. After all, the Wizards have been playing relatively well as of late and the Bucks have been the unquestioned worst team in the 2013-14 NBA season thus far.
However, the Bucks came out and got fantastic efforts from young players, which kept the game tight. With the game knotted at 102 with seconds remaining in regulation, though, the Wizards had a chance to net a game-winning shot. However, that’s when an injury from earlier in the game for Washington really glared its head.
After playing just 12 minutes on Friday, Martell Webster tweaked his ankle and was forced to leave the game. Webster, who the Wizards re-signed to a four-year deal this offseason, has continued the success that he had last season for Washington this year so far. However, it wasn’t until that final play in regulation that his absence was really felt on Friday night.
On that final play, star point guard John Wall drove down the right side of the lane with time winding down. Wall had been on a tear late in the fourth quarter and the Bucks’ defense reacted to that as three defenders collapsed on him. That collapse of the defense allowed Wall to kick a pass to the right corner where Chris Singleton was waiting. He clanked it off of the rim and the game went to overtime where the Bucks prevailed.
For the season, Webster has taken 27 threes from the right corner. He’s hit on 15 of them, which rounds out to a stunning 55.6 percent from that spot. With the wide open look that Singleton, who was shooting less than 20 percent from the field at that point in game, had, you have to believe that Webster would have knocked down that shot.
Webster’s injury didn’t appear incredibly serious, but the sooner he can get back to the Wizards, the better. He’s not a star on the level of Wall, but he’s a player that Washington needs to fill out their rotation. His niche as a three-point shooter and floor-spacer is important for this team and that late-game situation at the end of the Bucks’ game was just a timely example as to why.