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Wiz Blow Late Lead, Remain Winless on the Road

Posted By Robert Bode On Nov 21 2010 @ 9:41 pm In Washington Wizards | No Comments

This is why the NBA regular season is so frustrating. The Wizards crushed the Raptors Tuesday night, then beat the Grizzlies on Friday, both without John Wall. On Saturday, Memphis beat Miami and on Sunday Toronto took out Boston, who crushed Washington on Wednesday. Those results don’t make a lot of sense, and either does Washington blowing a late lead against a poor Detroit squad, falling 115-110 in overtime to remain winless on the road this season (0-6).

The Wizards provided some nice performances, including JaVale McGee’s game of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, 8 on offense. Nick Young had another nice outing off the bench, scoring 18 on 7-10 shooting, while Andray Blatche played hard and got himself a 20 point, 8 rebound effort, although he did settle for too many deep jump shots. Gilbert Arenas continued his solid overall play with 16 assists, but he was just 1-8 from three point range. As a team, the Wizards shot 54 percent and dished out 28 assists, but they lost the rebounding battle and turned the ball over 15 times, while forcing just 9 turnovers from the Pistons.

Really though, there isn’t a lot to take from this game except that hopefully JaVale McGee is starting to get more comfortable on offense. The real questions will be answered when John Wall returns from his foot injury and can team with Gilbert Arenas i the starting lineup. Washington’s upcoming schedule is a doozie, with the Wizards looking at what I project is a 4-15 record to end 2010. Home and away games against the Lakers and Heat each, plus trips to Atlanta, Phoenix, San Antonio and Houston. It is tough to see Washington winning any of those games on their current form, but they need to dig deep to make sure they don’t fall completely out of the playoff race.

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