Wizards at Bucks: Game 3 Reactions, The Starter Blues
Ok….I’m not one to throw in the towel, but I couldn’t help feeling as I watched the Wizards-Bucks game that a win would be a bonus, and not anything to expect. I don’t want to get into deep analysis on the game three loss, so here are some bulleted observations:
- Andray Blatche is getting his fair share of chances and is not taking advantage of them.
- He severely lacks blocking-out fundamentals — Somebody teach him….PLEASE!! Tony Massenburg? Wes Unseld?
- Blatche is trying to do too much — I’m not sure what needs to happen for Andray to let the game come to him.
- The starters are not working out. Something needs to be shaken up, and the obvious answer is to start Nick Young. But that’s the conundrum….who sits? DeShawn Stevenson and his consecutive games started streak (along with his defense)? Or Antonio Daniels and his steadying game management presence?
- Well, Eddie Jordan started Stevenson and Young in the backcourt for OT against the Bucks……but the Wizards didn’t really have ball control issues, rather shot themselves in the foot with untimely turnovers and missed defensive assignments.
- JaVale McGee is more than a talented athlete…..he’s a composed soldier. Now, I’m not ready to throw the kid into the starting lineup just yet, but it’s clear than he is doing everything to earn minutes…..the refinement will come in time. I loved this quote by McGee from a Hoops Addict article about him: “I never grew up to fear anybody or admire.”
- The presence of Darius Songaila on the court is a point of contention among Wizards fans.
- As I observed in the game blog, D-Song does some good things, and some bad things which negate the positive. Look, I wish that the Wizards didn’t have to play him so much…..but he’s the only one who is out there hustling. What’s a coach to do?
- Juan Dixon is serving a valued purpose. I know that it’s only been three games, but this is clearly not the erratic Dixon that some have come to know. He’s back in a comfortable system and has grown since his last experience in DC. Dixon is second on the team in PER (22.0 to Nick Young’s 25.6), his Turnover % is only 5.7, and he leads the team in True Shooting % (.639), a direct result of Dixon taking better, more selective, shots.
Ok…..on to the Wizards highlight nuggets from the world wide web:
[No Need To Panic - We're Off to See The Wizards]
In overtime the Bucks made quick work of the Wizards, and sent them home with their 3rd straight loss. The Wizards couldn’t find a way to win, even when shooting 51 Free Throws.
[First win still eludes Wizards - The Washington Times]
Washington’s sloppy play also played a significant role. The Wizards committed 20 turnovers, which led to 35 Milwaukee points. They made 34 of 51 free throws, missed 16 of their 18 3-point attempts and made only two field goals in the final seven minutes of regulation.
[Recap: Bucks 112, Wiz 104 - Brew Hoop]
Ten minutes in, it didn’t seem like the Bucks could lose. With 10 minutes left, it didn’t seem like the Bucks could win. And yet after 53 minutes that’s just what happened, the Bucks rallying from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit and escaping with a 112-104 OT win at the BC.
[Bucks 112, Wizards 104 - Bullets Forever]
Either way, while this game was the most infuriating of the early-season woes, it also was one where things started to get turned around. We clawed our way back into the game without necessarily reverting to small-ball. We got a more balanced effort from our reserves. Caron Butler had yet another outstanding game, though he struggled guarding Richard Jefferson.
[Jordan Not Happy After OT Loss - Wizards Insider]
Coach Eddie Jordan took longer than usual to emerge from the locker room following Wednesday night’s 112-104 OT loss to Milwaukee but when he did, he did not waste time getting to his point. “That was not NBA basketball out there, it’s as simple as that.”
[Jordan running out of patience - Wizards Outlet]
“There’s been a trend the last couple games,” [Eddie] Jordan said. “And maybe the trend is telling the coaching staff that the trend is the people that’s doing it and the way we’re playing. … We addressed [the problems] tonight in the locker room after the game. I’m going to put a careful eye on our personnel and what we’re doing out there. I think the trend is telling me something. I’m trying to be loyal to NBA vets, and I’m growing very impatient.”
[Thomas Practices, Jordan Still Unhappy - Wizards Insider]
Specifically, Jordan talked about the “trend” of his second-team players outperforming his starters, something that I blogged heavily about during training camp and the preseason. If that trend continues, change could be coming with guys like Juan Dixon, Nick Young and JaVale McGee seeing more playing time.
- Presidential Basketball Court At The White House – We’re Off to See The Wizards
- Now He’ll Have Something To Go With That Jersey Collection – Gilbertology
- What’s Right With the Washington Wizards – Stet Sports
- Opening Night, JaVale McGee and Me – Hoops Addict
- Wizards need new direction, new coach – Ball Don’t Lie
- Freedom wobble but it dont fall down – WizzNutzz