Recapping the Best of the Recaps.
Don’t Sleep on Roger Mason in Seattle
- If you say “must win” 5 times in front of a mirror, the Silent Assassin will appear.
- Of course, the live game blog.
- A report from someone at the game.
- Prada doesn’t want to make ‘small ball’ a routine.
- NBA.com game info
There were several disturbing things about the game. How in the world did Roger Mason Jr. get open for six 3-pointers en route to 22 points? At about the third or fourth 3-pointer, you have to double Mason to get the ball out of his hands. There was a definite lack of defensive adjustments and that is coach P.J. Carlesimo’s fault.
Seattle “tried” to get the ball out of Roger Mason’s hands, but when it was too late [from the game blog]:
3:01 (4th Quarter): Now he’s driving and dropping dimes to Jamison, the Seattle players are chasing ROGER MASON JR.? all over the court. Unbelievable.
Your resident box score poster is feeling like he got run over by a truck on the I-5, so I’m keeping this brief and heading to bed. Sonics lost. No surprise there. They put up a good fight. Roger Mason (yeah…who?) killed us with 5 3 pointers in the 4th quarter.
Songaila might have been a more unsung hero, though. The Wizards offense lacked movement, particularly with Jamison, who wasn’t cutting with any crispness at all. Once Songaila came in, that changed. He had three layups off cuts when the ball went into the posts, and he also had two nice lookaways that led to driving layups off high screens. More importantly, he was keeping guys off the glass. He only had three boards, but Nick Collison, after grabbing 15 boards in the first half, had only six thereafter.
The “Game” in Portland
This wasn’t a “dump to Travis and watch” game, though instinctively it should have been. In fact Travis had 5 assists. That shows you what kind of night it was. It’s not like the Wizards are winning Defender of the Year trophies, but we’ve made bad defensive teams look pretty good before.
Joel Przybilla MURDERED the Wizards on the glass. He was the main reason they never made a credible run. They were never sure they could get a rebound and thus never got the chance for easy buckets. He had an incredible 8 offensive rebounds and 17 overall. To put that 17 in perspective, it was more than the Wizards’ entire bench plus starting guards put together.
The Wizards’ Media Guide profile of Abe Pollin was stocked with a wee bit of hyperbole. First, it notes that Polin and his wife “have been at the center of every major issue in the NBA during their time at the helm of the Washington Bullets/Wizards.” They have been owners since 1964. That’s 44 years and A LOT of issues. I don’t remember hearing their names on the national news except when they screwed over Michael Jordan. Bueller, Bueller, Pollin, anyone?
Caron Butler came out like he wanted 50 points tonight. His flame was extinguished in the second half. By the way, if tonight was any indication, this man loves shooting contested jump shots more than anyone else in the NBA.
My favorite sequence started with a Nick Young flying, gliding layup which he celebrated with a cocky jog back to play defense. The next possession down, he attacked the basket aggressively again… only to be completely rejected by Joel Przybilla. Mr. Young, in 3 years when you win your first dunk contest and Sports Illustrated asked you for your “Welcome to the NBA Moment,” go ahead and cite that one.
I’ve already said this a couple of times this season so it may not hold much value any more, but last night’s win was probably the most impressive of the season.
Funny, Wizards fans were saying the exact opposite after that game. Blazers Blog also has a lot of other good game reaction clips.