"They carved us up pretty good tonight"
-- Randy Wittman
If you didn’t get a chance to watch last night’s contest between the Washington Wizards and the San Antonio Spurs, let me set it up for you.
A 0-11 Washington Wizards without John Wall, Nene, Trevor Booker and Shaun Livingston took on the 11-3 San Antonio Spurs with a fully healthy team.
Honestly, you don’t need a recap of this game. Just imagine what that matchup looked like in your head and you have a general idea of how the game went.
The Spurs had seven players in double figures last night, four players who finished +20 or higher, and Tiago Splitter almost messed around and got a triple-double (15 pts, 12 rebs, 7 ast).
Then, just to make matters worse, Popovich threw Matt Bonner in during garbage time, and he went lights out grabbing 11 points and going three-of-four from deep.
As for the Wizards side of things, it was nearly the complete opposite. Martell Webster was the only shining light in this game for the Wizards as he went for 16 points on five-for-seven shooting. Four other players for the Wizards (Price, Beal, Crawford, Seraphin) managed to get in double figures in scoring but they did it in a very ugly fashion.
Seraphin went 9-19. Beal went 4-13. Crawford and Price managed to look decent on the court going 9-16 and 4-8 respectively, but showed the same signs of frustration and defeat that every other player on that court did, as well.
It was obvious from the get-go that the Wizards were not going to be competitive in this game (although they did go on a nice run to begin the first quarter). What was really left to be determined was who was going to be the reason for the loss.
The loss, in my opinion, sits on three players from the Wizards squad: Cartier Martin, Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely.
I have been a big advocate for using Cartier Martin more in the game, but over the past couple of games, he has done everything possible to prove me wrong. Last night was no difference as he went 1-8 in 18 minutes of play. Chris Singleton looked completely dejected the entire game going 1-6 for two points as well as picking up five fouls in the same amount of time.
Jan Vesely, however, proved to every single person in the Phone Booth last night why he doesn’t deserve one more second on the court. In eight minutes of play, Vesely racked up zero points, one rebound, zero assists and four fouls. Two of his fouls came within 24 seconds of each other. For those keeping count at home, he now has 34 fouls and 29 points on the season.
I don’t want to spend a lot of time on Vesely as last night pretty much speaks for his value on this team.
The night was shameful for the Washington Wizards organization, and the players weren’t afraid to say it. Martell Webster used the word “embarrassing” more than three times after the game to describe the effort.
But if there’s one thing to take away from this loss, it’s that it was against the Spurs. Not the Magic (yet), not the Pistons (yet) and not the Raptors (yet). This was a loss to the team with the best record and quite possibly the team with the best coach in the league.
In his post game press conference, Wittman commended the Spurs on their organization and said that the Wizards need to use them as examples on how to play basketball. He then summed up the entire game in what was the best description of a loss this season.
“They carved us up pretty good tonight.”
After getting carved up for the twelfth time in as many games this season, the time is coming where the only thing that can save the Wizards franchise is to make some drastic changes and carve themselves up.