Hey Guess What? Wiz Got Minged
I guess I should be okay with missing 75% of last night’s game between the Wizards and the Houston Rockets, even though I still do want to see the debacle with my own eyes. I got to watch the 2nd quarter from a bar at Reagan National Airport while downing multiple double Ketel One & tonics…..not sure if the binge was more celebratory as the Wiz were up 29-17 after one quarter, or anticipatory, sensing the ultimate outcome after the lead was squandered to only a one point advantage at the half. In any case, here’s a run-down from the best of the web:
[ESPN.com Box Score]
The Washington Wizards appear to have solved their hole-digging slow starts now that speedy point guard Dee Brown and athletic center JaVale McGee start alongside All-Stars Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison and ironman DeShawn Stevenson. Finishing games, however, remains a different story.
[The Washington Times]
I can’t remember seeing a game so completely dominated by a player who scored four points in the fourth quarter but that’s what happened tonight as the Houston Rockets ran everything through Yao Ming when it counted, spread the floor with shooters and used a 27-6 game-ending run to put the Wizards away.
McGee, who was making his second straight start, did what he could, but the Rockets went after him relentlessly, time and again feeding the ball to the 7-foot-6, 310-pound Yao. As a result, Yao (18 points) dictated the game’s tempo in Houston’s 103-91 victory, while his teammates took advantage of the Washington defense whenever it sagged to stop him.
[The Washington Post]
With an appearance on national television at home against the Houston Rockets, the Washington Wizards had every opportunity possible to show the world they were better than their 1-8 record. Instead, they showed the world that they are every bit as bad, and then some.
“I know I keep saying this, but we’re just not playing smart. We’re not getting the ball where it needs to be at in the stretch, we’ve got guys kind of doing some things outside of themselves.”
“Apparently Juan Dixon had a bet to see how many times he could avoid passing the ball to Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison down the stretch.”
-Pradamaster, Bullets Forever
“Gotta change something, I’m pulling a Gilbert Arenas” — pregame shooting.
“And I changed my wristbands,” he added, pointing to the two red plastic bracelets on each wrist. The first bracelet on each wrist had printed in white ink “I wear my heart on my sleeve” — and the second read “Like it’s a new fashion.” -DeShawn Stevenson
“DeShawn Stevenson must be the greatest player in the history of the NBA. He must be the first ever inducted to the Hall of Fame before his career had ended. Michael Jordan must envy him, wishing he were back in Washington just to see him play.
All the posing and posturing this guy does, you would think he was a cross between Jordan, Magic and the Big O.
He’s not. He went 3 of 12 on Friday while his team fell to 1-9.”-Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle