For the second straight outing, the Wizards suffered through a an offensive funk that had them down and put away fairly early. Well, down and early enough to make any attempt at a comeback virtually impossible. A nine-point second quarter and a 27-point deficit midway through the third stamped the Wizards’ fourth straight loss and a strikeout for their mini 3-game road trip.
It seems every time the Wizards play the Spurs, it’s one of the most lopsided matchups. Following the outcome of this game, the Wizards are now 11-35, while the Spurs stand at 38-11. The Spurs’ offensive efficiency is too much to handle for most teams, let alone the inept Wizards. They just seem to have 1000 different ways to score, and they do it with the utmost ease (at least it looks like it). Meanwhile, the Wizards couldn’t buy a bucket, which essentially became the recipe for disaster and allowed the Spurs to take their demanding lead into halftime.
The Wizards fared much better in the second half, specifically the latter portion of the third quarter, as they ended the period on a 19-4 run. But even in the midst of that run, the Wizards made enough bad plays to stump the fierce comeback. An ill-advised Trevor Ariza 3-point attempt (big surprise), a few missed free throws (even bigger surprise) could have trimmed the deficit even closer, but the Wizards still managed to cut the lead in half going into the fourth.
Ultimately, the first half was so bad for the Wiz Kids that despite outscoring the Spurs by 15 while scoring 60 points in the second half, they still lost the game by 10.
John Wall stood out the most amongst his teammates in this one. He finished with 21 points and 9 assists. Although he finished 10-22 from the field, Wall did hit a few jumpers, most of them coming from his favorite spot around the elbow. His shoulder injury in Memphis the night before didn’t seem to be a factor in John’s game. He ran up and down the court fairly well and made a few plays at the rim.
John Wall: In the battle of point guards, it’s always a tough match versus Tony Parker. Wall had an average game as he took a larger amount of shots than he usually does, but in a game where absolutely nothing was falling in the first half, his missed shots merely blended with everyone elses.
Tony Parker: In an era where guys like CP3, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook are constantly touted as the top of their class, Tony Parker quietly continues to make a case against that. Parker’s consistency and efficiency on the court is often unmatched and his game was on full display against Washington. His execution of the pick-and-roll, his spacing on the court, his ability to maneuver through the defense and find his teammates or to find an open shot, these are all the traits that allow Parker to perfectly facilitate his offense and the reason why the Spurs have remained a force in the NBA for years.
The second half. The Wizards shot 76% in the third quarter, going 13-17 and pulled themselves to within six points in the 4th quarter. The Spurs had their bad moments too which made things easier for the Wizards defensively and allowed them to capitalize on a few turnovers. Really tough to iterate much more for this segment. These late spurts and runs after tanking early have merely become a disservice to the team.
As my boy Trevor Jackson vented in our previous game recap, the Wizards reached the free throw line a league season-low 3 (three) times against Memphis on Friday night. Well, apparently it’s really no use when they get there either. The Wizards managed to reach the line 17 times last night, but only hit 8 of them. Nene and Okafor missed their first two individually. Seraphin missed two more at the end of the first half. Free throws have been the death of the Wizards all season long, and remained a problem against the Spurs.
You mean besides the 11-35 record?