Okay, I know it’s only one game and trust me I know it’s only the teams’ second win of the season, but last night was fun to watch. As the game unfolded and the Wizards hung in with one of the best teams in the NBA I grew more nervous. We’re going to screw this up…this can’t end well…
But miraculously it did end well as the Wizards improved to 2-12 on the season squeaking out a win at home 105-102 against the 12-3 Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kevin Durant (33 pts, 8 rbs, 7 TO’s) and Russell Westbrook (38 pts, 7 ast, 5 rbs) combined for 71 points for the Thunder as John Wall (25 pts, 7 ast, 8 rbs) led the Wizards with another strong performance. Durant is from the D.C. area and has always played well when he’s come home. This time, much to his chagrin, he left a loser.
“It’s not the end of the world. We lost to a hungrier team than us,” Durant said. “It hurts, because we want to win every game, especially me, I want to win at home, but you’ve got to look past it.”
The game swung back and forth as the Wizards played collective, cohesive basketball for the first time all season. Aside from Westbrook and Durant, no other member of the Thunder decided to show up, making it a much easier game for the Wizards to steal.
Nick Young had 24 and Jordan Crawford added 18 for the Wizards. Andray Blatche heard boo’s as he was announced as a starter (Well done home crowd.)JaVale McGee added 7 points and 11 boards as well.
These Wizards have proven at least to this point in the season to be one of the worst teams in the league, if not the worst. The way they played last night raises some interesting questions about how mentally prepared they’ve been for every game and how they need to raise their level of play against lesser opponents, as well as good teams.
Still, we shouldn’t read too far into this win. The Thunder are tired and in the midst of a three game road trip. No team is going to win every night, especially on the road during a shortened season. The Thunder dropped a game, the Wizards picked it up. Now it’s up to John Wall and his Wiz: Do they turn it around and start stringing together wins, become more respectable through the season? Or do they fall back into the lackadaisical play that got them to this 2-12 record?
Only time will tell, but for now it feels good to win a close game.
Next Up: Nuggets Friday, Boston Sunday, both games in Washington.
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.