I have got to give this one to Cartier Martin. Jordan Crawford played great, especially filling in for the injured A.J.Price at point guard but Cartier almost single-handedly got the Wizards their first win. He sat on the bench the entire game until 9:56 left in the 4th and came out blazing. Talk about efficiency, Martin had 14 points in just under 10 minutes while going 5-6 from the floor and 4-4 from three point range. He came up with two big defensive rebounds when it mattered too. Without a doubt, Cartier Martin is your Wizards MVP for this game.
**On a side note, Randy Wittman better find some way to get Cartier in the rotation. At this point, the old ‘what can it hurt’ theory applies. The Wizards offense gets extremely stagnant during periods of every game, and Cartier Martin has the skill set to offset that. He needs to see more minutes going forward for this team.
Tonight’s WE spotlight featured Jae Crowder (who the Wizards decided not to draft because Wizards) and Trevor Ariza.
Jae Crowder had started four games in a row before being moved back to the bench for this contest. In just 20 minutes 31 and finished with 12 points, two rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Those look like decent numbers, but his impact on the defensive end is hard to tell from his stats. He looked like a very solid basketball player on both ends of the floor and hands down won the “match-up” between he and Ariza. Did I mention that the Wizards passed on drafting this guy?
Hmmm, I started typing this and for a second I thought we was already on the Bad or the Ugly section. Trevor Ariza seems to be showing up every few games, but this one was clearly not one of them. In his 19 minutes on the floor, he put up four points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block. The supporting numbers are always there for Ariza as he plays the passing lanes well, but you can’t put a winning team together if your starting small forward is only giving you supporting numbers. He also had a couple missed shots that reminded me of the local rec league where old guys wearing elbow pads are trying to break the backboard shooting bricks.
I am tripling down on The Good, even after all my negativity.
Jordan Crawford: Jordan played tough all night and I thought he filled in at point guard admirably. When he first took over for Price, he was pushing the ball and making things happen and finding open guys for easy buckets. That is something this team has been lacking all year. He finished with 21 points, four rebounds, and seven assists.
Cartier Martin: As mentioned above, Cartier could not have played any better. This guys needs to find some playing time on this team. Make it happen Wittman.
Kevin Seraphin: Seraphin looked outstanding in the 4th quarter. He finished the game 8-10 for 16 points, 5 rebounds, and a whopping 5 assists. 14 of his points came in the final quarter and I am not even sure if any of his shots even hit the rim. That is how pure he looked displaying his soft touch late in the game.
Bradley Beal came out of toward the end of the 1st quarter with about two or three minutes remaining, at which point he had eight points. Bradley Beal finished the game with 8 points. I understand he is a 19 year old rookie playing with AJ Price as his point guard, but the lack of overall aggression in his game is a bit concerning. He very often chooses to shoot a jumper instead of taking the ball to the hoop, pulling up several times during this game on drives I thought he should have continued with to the bucket. He continued a trend of poor shooting going 3-14 from the floor. His supporting stats where just as bad: one rebound, two assists, one steal. What happened to the aggressive rebounder from Florida?
I am not throwing in the towel on Beal at all, but it is simple basketball. If your shots are not falling, take the ball to the cup. Get some easy buckets or get to the foul line.
If you threw up in your mouth, blame Kyle Weidie from TruthAboutIt.net
I don’t know if I can begin to describe how I felt when Jannero Pargo did that half-pass, fake-move and then jacked the hero-ball three pointer at the most pivotal point in the game. How are you an NBA “point guard” but don’t know how to pass? On that entire run in the 4th quarter, two players really had it going: Kevin Seraphin and Cartier Martin. Neither player looked like they could miss. The Wizards get a huge stop, come down the court and Jannero Pargo does some ball fake jackup shot that made me want to break my TV. Jannero Pargo, you win ugly.