When the final buzzer sounded last night and the Wizards secured their second surprising win of the season (the first being the win against the Thunder Jan. 18th) 106-101 over the Los Angeles Lakers I was, yet again, at a loss.
Just yesterday on this very blog I promised my readers that I would write more about the teams the Wiz were facing because my Wizards had grown too tiresome to write about. I was repeating myself over and over about the lackluster effort and terrible execution from the Wizard’s “star” players. I’ve been begging management to make a change, make a move, do anything that makes me think this team would be at the very least competitive next year.
Then every once in a while I’ll see glimpses and step away from the ledge…
I don’t know how but the Wizards continue to keep myself, and other beleaguered fans hanging on with showings like the one last night. I don’t know how the Wizards rebounded from being down by 20 with 18 minutes left in the game to ultimately take the lead with just minutes to go. I don’t know how to explain Nick Young’s sudden urge to pass the ball (career high 6 assists), or seldom-used Kevin Seraphin’s career night (14 and 9); I can’t explain any of it, but it makes me optimistic…for once.
Kobe Bryant scored a game high 30 (20 in the first half) on 30 shots. The Lakers bench was nonexistent all night while Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum 38 points and 21 boards. The Lakers are clearly a 3-man team that struggles mightilly on the road, now 6-15 on the year. In those instances when the Lakers struggle away from Staples Center Kobe tries to take the game over. Watching Kobe force shots over tripple teams last night was painful.
The Wizards, on the other hand, have some bright spots to talk about. How about Trevor Booker and the aformentioned Seraphin? Booker had a monster night: scoring 18 and grabbing 17 rebounds while Seraphin outscored Kobe in the fourth quarter and kept the streaky JaVale McGee on the bench the last 15 minutes (that’s a good thing). Or we could talk about Roger Mason, in his second stint with the team, coming off the bench and nailing four three’s while tying his season high in points with 14. And of course, the fact that Nick Young passed the ball to his teammates should be celebrated for years to come.
In a season where wins may hurt the teams chances at getting John Wall help (Wall struggled scoring the ball last night, but led the game in assists with 9) throught the draft, it’s nice to know the players still care; at least some of them. Teams and players that aren’t contending for the playoffs or a championship need to show resolve, they need to find motivation from within. The players who closed the game out last night for the Wizards did just that, and in doing so they’ve given this ever-negative fan reason for hope…for now.
Coming Up: Blazers Saturday, @ Spurs Monday, @ Dallas Tuesday…enjoy the wins when you can folks!
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.