Newly acquired Wizard Rashard Lewis didn’t have the best debut at the Verizon Center. Washington lost to the Bulls 87-80 and Lewis scored just 8 points on 4-of-10 shooting – including 0-of-5 from three with five fouls in 14 minutes. Overall, it was an ugly offensive game for both teams. Fitting to see Donovan McNabb sitting court-side. Even as Kirk Hinrich played one of his best games of the season for the still injured John Wall, the lack of a true low post scorer is really hurting this team.
Andray Blatche notched just 7 points on 3-of-17 shooting while JaVale McGee had zero. Both were utterly dominated by Carlos Boozer and Kurt Thomas. The Wizards are also not finding anyone other than JaVale to consistently rebound the basketball. Yes the defensive performance was impressive, something they have obviously focused on since Gilbert Arenas’ departure (and Wall’s latest injury). Against the league’s upper echelon, they need to find a way to be more efficient on offense.
Before Washington’s home game against Philadelphia, I thought this team would finish 2010 4-15. Right now they are 3-12 with a Texas road trip to San Antonio and Houston followed by a home-and-home with Indiana. Looks good for my prediction, but not so good for the Wizards heading into 2011. Luckily they start the new year with a manageable slate of games, but right now this team is still looking for their first road win of the season.
About the Author
Written by Robert Bode
A sports die-hard through and through. I grew up playing almost every sport possible, and to this day I try to stay as active as possible. However, since I'm not a professional athlete, talking and writing about sports is the next best thing. A University of Florida graduate but living in my hometown of Washington D.C. (well Northern Virginia), my favorite teams are the Florida Gators, Miami Dolphins, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, Real Madrid, good up-tempo NBA teams (so not the Knicks), and Washington Capitals.