The stories will read that the Wizards got “out manned” by the Spurs last night. True, with Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson and Etan Thomas out, the Wiz were not playing with a full deck. But you won’t get many tears from the Spurs. Tim Duncan is still trying to get in rhythm from being injured and Manu Ginobili hasn’t seen the court since February 11th.
No, the Wizards got out veteraned and out experienced.
Wiz faithful, within the organization and in the stands, bow their heads everyday in hopes of a future full of health. But who are we kidding? The will be injuries and the Wizards will have to persevere if they expect to contend for anything.
Grow up kids, grow up fast.
Dominic McGuire is on track. He still has a ton to learn, but his hustle swag, which has induced a starting role, will be invaluable next season when he is the 8th man…..or better.
JaVale McGee gets cut some slack. The kid is still growing into his body.
Javaris Crittenton is showing the aggression and selflessness that the team will need off the bench. Hopefully the time he’s now receiving will aid him in consistent efforts night in and night out.
Oleksiy Pechrov is an unknown entity….and at this point, who cares? (Sorry Big Oily. I still got love for you, but it’s the truth).
And now our heads turn to Nick Young and Andray Blatche.
A team is only as good as it’s bench…whether their role is to step in for limited quality minutes while starters rest, or suiting up for significant time if, say,Antawn Jamison, or whomever, goes out for a two-week stretch.
Can those two be depended on? They’re clearly two of the more naturally gifted on the team. Wish I could say the same for their focus. (I feel like I’m beating a dead horse, but the damn thing won’t die.)
And that’s the scary part about the Wizards’ youth. They are key, almost as much as health, to putting the franchise over the top.
But it’s a long way until next season. Hell, there’s still 20 games left in this season. Yes, there is hope for Blatche and Young, even from a critic like me….but they haven’t exactly done much to instill confidence in said hope.
Pressure bursts pipes…..what are ya’ll made of? One can only wait and see.
Oh, did I mention that I didn’t even watch last night’s Wiz-Spurs game? I also forgot to DVR it, so the 22 point shellacking never had a chance to get into my memory so I can ultimately erase it.
So, all I got on the game is this one (ironic) highlight and two link excerpts….enjoy.
Just pure domination. The Spurs dismantled the Wizards in predictable fashion tonight and didn’t even need to play particularly well to do it.
The fourth quarter of the Washington Wizards’ 100-78 loss to the Spurs at AT&T Center on Friday night resembled a preseason game as Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich emptied his bench as his team cruised to an easy victory.
[photo source: flickr/AlphaTangoBravo-Adam Baker]