The Washington Wizards are having the worst season in franchise history. As disappointing as a sentence that is to write, it’s true. In this lockout shortened season the Wizards have come out of the gate 1-12, they’ve looked immature, dysfunctional, and downright awful throughout the early part of this season. From the looks of it, it’s only going to get worse from here.
Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets was a microcosm of everything that is wrong with the Wizards, but there is finally a silver lining. The star of the Wiz, John Wall, played his best game as a pro: 38 points (13/22 from the field, 12/16 from the stripe), 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, and only 2 turnovers (granted the turnovers always seem to come at the worst time possible). But it wasn’t enough as the Wizards fell 114-106 at home.
Wall has spoken up recently about the mindset of his team, about losing and how that has affected his game; he’s mad and on Monday Wizards fans finally saw what he’s capable of doing. We saw John Wall emerge as a scorer, distributor, and defender.
Another image Wizards fans won’t be able to get out of their heads for some time was a dunk by the young center JaVale McGee. After a great diving save by Trevor Booker and lead pass from Wall, McGee found himself alone on a fast break. As the crowd rose to their feet at the Verizon Center McGee threw the ball off of the backboard to himself, grabbed it with both hands and slammed it down, as he celebrated running down the court, Head Coach Flip Saunders could only shake his head.
“I told him that’s unacceptable,” Saunders said. “…Maybe I’m too old-school, but save that for the all-star game. Not during the game.”
Flip’s right. True, McGee’s dunk did get the crowd into the game and perhaps hype the team at first, but it started a 19-4 run by the Rockets. It was the wrong play and the wrong time, and it summed up everything that’s wrong with the Wizards this season.
“Apparently if you get a fast break and throw it off the backboard in the third quarter and you’re 1-11, you’re not supposed to do stuff like that” McGee added after Flip benched him for the final nine minutes of Mondays game.
Really JaVale? You’re not supposed to do stuff like that when your team is the worst team in the league, and worst offensive team the NBA has seen in the last ten years…I’m glad you understand that you’re not supposed to do those things.
When asked if he regretted the play McGee very quickly responded “No.”
So the Wizards lost again, what else is new? As a fan at least we’re beginning to see some development from Wall. At least Rashard Lewis’s contract is getting closer to being off our books. Wall’s getting frustrated, can you blame him? Playing with guys like Andray Blatche, McGee, and Nick Young (who defended Mcgee’s dunk after the game) has to be terrible for the point guard.
The Wiz will play their next 3 games at home: Wednesday night against the Thunder (uh oh), Friday against Denver (yikes), and Sunday against the struggling Celtics (oh no).
Stay tuned for more dysfunction!
About the Author
Written by Frank Sullivan
Frank is a graduate of Old Dominion University, sports fan, author, and founder of TheBloosh.com. He's been working with prosportsblogging.com since April 2011, and has covered the Chicago Bulls, Baltimore Ravens, Virginia Tech Hokies Football, and the Washington Wizards. Frank can be reached @franksullivan on twitter.