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Wizards Frame by Frame: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats

Updated: December 1, 2009

On one hand, you have arguably the best game of the year. Dallas is the only other in contention (even though the win against Cleveland was nice, it wasn’t the best).

On the other hand, you have arguably the worst … but there are far more in the conversation (Indiana, Oklahoma City, San Antonio).

Part of me wants to vote for the loss to Charlotte as worst because it’s still fresh. And then there’s this:

Charlotte’s 1st Road Win

In seven previous tries the Bobcats were winless on the road, getting outscored by an average of 93 to 74.9 points per game. Opponents at home were averaging 23 assists to 14.3 turnovers while Charlotte was averaging 17.7 assists to 16.3 turnovers. On Saturday, the Bobcats scored 92 points on 22 assists to 12 turnovers. The Wizards scored 76 points on 14 assists to 14 turnovers. So yea, Charlotte basically made Washington the road team.

Whichever game you choose, here’s to remembering the Miami post-Thanksgiving delight, and the mauling in the Phone Booth the next night … frame-by-frame.

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[Michael Lee, Wizards Insider]

Asked why the team lacked energy from the start, reserve forward Andray Blatche said that we needed to ask the starters. “I’m just a role player. I play my role. I do what I’m told and that’s it,” Blatche said. A few minutes later, DeShawn Stevenson said it was up to the bench to provide energy for the starters when coming off a tough back-to-back game.

[Mike Jones, Wizards Outlet]

And Caron Butler doesn’t feel the need to do something drastic to spark his teammates.

“It has,” Butler said. “The last three games, we won two games. I’ll take that, and let’s start another streak.”

Yeah, two of three isn’t bad, but you needed to play tonight than what you did.

But possibly the weirdest thing of the whole night was that after they got thumped, several members of the team were in the locker room divvying up a bulk order of Lousis Vuitton shoes they had special ordered.

I know you’ve got to move on and just focus on the next opponent, but really? That’s just not a good look following a 92-76 loss.

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[Queen City Hoops]

Washington shoots just under 40 percent from the field and it was clear why, on every pick and roll Charlotte’s rotation was there. For every Wizards guard coming off a down screen a Bobcat was locking and trailing, every jumper had a hand in the face, and for every loose ball there seemed to be a Bobcat going after it or gaining possession.

[Rufus On Fire]

The Wizards’ bench showed signs of life and briefly threatened to make a fourth quarter charge and cut the lead, but the Cats’ starters came back in and put a stop to it. As explosive and, for lack of a better term, as Name Brand as Arenas and Jamison are, when they were on the floor, Washington’s offense sputtered, but when guys like Dominic McGuire and Fabricio Oberto came on, the offense just seemed to flow a little better. It was a testament to efficiency over volume.

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.