So the Wizards lost games 2 and 3 of the Tapscott era….ho hum. I have yet to read all reactions to losses to both Orlando and Atlanta, and I only was able to watch the Wizards face the Magic from a bar because it was on national television, but the indication seems to be that no one is surprised.
Yea, Dwight Howard is a bad man. In his time on the court against the Wizards this season, he pulls down a rebound every 2.43 minutes, attempts a free-throw every 2.61 minutes, and makes a FG every 3.84 minutes. Not many teams can stop Howard, and the Wizards are especially bad at doing so.
But it boils down to the fact that this Washington team is still not very good, just as indicated by their game performances all season. They’ve fallen short of pretty much everyone’s expectations, even those knowing that Gilbert Arenas would be absent. I would be more disappointed at failing to meet expectations if the team were not trying hard, if they weren’t displaying the want to win. For the most part, the Wizards are making an effort, but for some reason, things just aren’t clicking.
I still refuse to subscribe to the theory that the Wizards played completely above their heads last year. There is still a ton of talent and depth on this team, but not enough healthy fuel to keep the train going. At this point, there’s not much anyone can do outside of giving it the ol’ college try. Unfortunately, most teams the Wizards will be matching-up against graduated from the university long ago.
Seen, Heard & Said
The Wizards trailed the Atlanta Hawks by three points with 12.4 seconds remaining when Coach Ed Tapscott called a timeout and drew up a play that was designed to get the ball into the hands of either Caron Butler or Antawn Jamsion, but as the injury-plagued Wizards already know, even the most well-intentioned plans can go wrong. -Washington Post
“Same old (stuff).” -A Wizards Vet
“It’s like a broken record, but we’ve got to keep positive.” -DeShawn Stevenson
As a Hawks fan, I’m thrilled that the Wizards fired their one asset who wasn’t hurt and who wasn’t underperforming — Eddie Jordan. -Lang Whitaker, Slam
That was as dominating a 15-win as you’ll ever see. The Wizards never led in this one, gave up 38 first quarter points and basically watched as the Magic cruised to its second win over Washington this season. -Wizards Insider
Ed Tapscott warned that there was a chance a different Wizards squad would come out Thursday night because the emotion associated with Jordan’s dismissal had died off. -Washington Times
And unlike Golden State, which allowed the Wizards to break out for season highs in several offensive categories Tuesday, Orlando makes a concerted effort to play defense. -Washington Post
“Our most effective defender of the night on Dwight was Darius.” -Ed Tapscott
“Once again, it’s back to the drawing board.” -Antawn Jamison
Opponents often double-team Butler and Jamison to force one of their teammates to beat them — and the strategy is working. -Washington Times
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