The Wizards fell to the Boston Celtics Sunday night 88-76 in Boston. It was the Wizard’s third loss in a row and second game of a three games in as many nights stretch. Granted, the Celtics are a playoff caliber team, but they were without Ray Allen and limited Kevin Garnett’s minutes; the Wiz should’ve competed much harder.
Newly acquired center for the Wizards, Nene, sat out Saturday night, but the Wizards should be used to being shorthanded as the bench responded poorly. Kevin Seraphin and Jordan Crawford each had strong games again, but it wasn’t enough as the Celtics were able to hold the lead, the closest the Wiz got was 8 points.
The problems facing the Wizards are clear. At least we know what the team has to do to improve, but will players like John Wall, Trevor Booker, Chris Singleton, Jan Vesely, Kevin Seraphin, and Jamal Crawford improve? Not only as individuals, but as a team? Wall is the most important piece (until this summers’ draft, that is) and with him finishing games with 12 points and nine assists Wiz fans have been growing worrisome.
John Wall has amazing speed, impressive handles, and a flair for theatrics, but doesn’t always make the easy plays, rarely sets his teammates up with easy shot opportunities, and turns the ball over at an alarming rate. Not to mention: the kid can’t really shoot and hasn’t shown the ability to improve his struggling jump shot. If he doesn’t turn into one of the elite point guards in the game the franchise is in trouble (No pressure, John).
With only a handful of games left in the season it’s time for John Wall to assert himself as the leader on and off the court for this team. If he’s unable to do so the team will be stuck in neutral for a few more seasons as the young Wizards work to find their identity.
Now the Wiz turn their sights to Detroit and the visiting Pistons Monday night. Detroit’s coming off a rough 5-game Western Conference road trip, a home drubbing courtesy of Miami, and most recently a 22-point loss at the Knicks Saturday night; they’ll be looking to take advantage of their day off against the tired Wizards.
Detroit is one of the few teams in the NBA on the same level as the Wizards. With a few young pieces (Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight) the Pistons have been going through a full rebuild under team President, Joe Dumars. This isn’t close to the Bad Boy Pistons or even the Pistons that ruled the East not so long ago; this Piston’s squad is young, getting better, but not quite there yet…much like the Wizards.
The game should be close, both teams being as equally matched as they are. For Wizards fans, with McGee and Young out the door, and Blatche having been served his two months notice, it’s time to watch John Wall and look for real development. No more “Ooo! That was a nice dunk! He’s so fast!” and more watching him grow as a point guard and leader.
Coming Up: Tonight vs. Detroit, Thursday @Indiana, Friday vs. Philly
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.