There was no player of the game for the Wizards. If you put a gun to my head and made me choose one, it would be Trevor Ariza who led the team with 19 points but he needed 18 shots to get it. In all honesty no Wizard player deserve any kind of praise for the awful performance they put in last night.
This is getting old fast but Bradley Beal was awful again. He shot 1-11 from the field, could do nothing with Kemba Walker or Ramon Sessions and just look completely overmatched. The last three games he seemed to have found his scoring touch but he lost it somewhere during the trip down to Charlotte. This was maybe the worst game in his young career. As with the rest of them team, there was nothing positive about Bradley’s performance.
Kemba Walker only finished with 17 points but the boxscore is lying this time. His impact on the game isn’t really seen in the boxscore. He completely dominated from start to finish. His biggest contribution might have been on the defensive end as he forced turnovers and bothered the Wizards guards all night long. This is not the same Bobcats team that finished last season with the worst winning percentage in NBA history, mainly thanks to Walker.
Not sure that there was much good but I guess the Wizards did a good job on the boards finishing with 18 offensive rebounds. Too bad the rebounds were on long 3 point shots that only lead to more long 3 point shots, which leads us to...
And there was a lot of bad. The Wizards took 31 (THIRTY-ONE) three pointers. Folks, that is not a misprint they shot 31 times from behind the arc. I know what you're thinking, they must have been on fire to attempt 31 treys, but you would be wrong. They only made five. Yep, that's right 5 out of 31. No one was immune from the horrible shooting epidemic that plagued the Wizards.
Chew on these numbers: Ariza 2-8, Beal 1-6, Price1-7, and the bench went 1-10 from long range. The Wizards shot 30 percent from the field, 66 percent from the line, and 19, yes 19 percent from 3-point range.
Did I mention they took 31 threes?
It's taking everything in me to not make 3-point shooting "the ugly" as well because it was so bad and ugly it could be both. But enough for beating a dead horse. 31 times. The ugly tonight was the offensive execution. It looked as if the Wizards had 12 guys who had never played together. All of the ball movement we saw in the first five games just disappeared into thin air. The offense was stagnant, no one looked like they had any clue what to do with the ball so everyone decided to shoot threes all night. Every player who is not a center or power forward attempted a three. As abysmal an offensive perfomance that I’ve seen in quite sometime.
After the game, Wizards radio announcer Glenn Consor said someone needed to step up and tell the team: “If you shoot another three I will punch you!” While we dont advocate violence here at Wizards Extreme, there seems to be a lot of punching to go around. If I was a betting man, I’d bet the Wizards players will hate the next few practices.