Time for a win folks. I’ll be on ESPN’s Daily Dime Live around game time to discuss. Got a good feeling about this one.
The Wizards don’t want to be number one with seven
If the Wiz lose by four points or less again, they’ll surpass the 76-77 Suns with the most consecutive losses within that margin. The spread is Golden State by 2.5.
The Suns’ first loss in their streak came against the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 19th, 1977. Their seventh game on March 4th came, ironically enough, against the Warriors. The Suns didn’t lose to Golden State by four or less, they lost to them by five, 101-87. In fact, the Suns ended up losing 12 total before winning again.
Players on that Suns team include Kings coach Paul Westphal and the former Wizards coach who has a robot named after him, Gar Heard.
Haywood on the glass
Top Wizards rebounders in last 20 years:
- 1991-92 Pervis Ellison 11.2
- 1996-97 Chris Webber 10.3
- 2007-08 Antawn Jamison 10.2
- 1992-93 Tom Gugliotta 9.6
- 1994-95 Chris Webber 9.6
Brendan Haywood currently averages 10.7 boards per game, seventh in the NBA. He’s also first in offensive boards at 4.6 per.
Jamison’s metaphorically hurting back
Antawn Jamison has scored 93 in the last three with at least 30 in each. The last time he scored 30 in three straight games was in Nov./Dec. 2002 when he scored 103 total as a Warrior.
Gilbert Arenas scored 28 total in those three games (11/30, 12/3 and 12/5 of ’02), and Earl Boykins had 19 total.
The Warriors won the first two, but then lost to the Timberwolves in the third game, partially due to 12 points off the bench from Rod Strickland.
Big Three +1
No, I’m not talking about Haywood as the ‘plus-one’. I’m talking about in the total time Arenas, Butler and Jamison have been on the court together this season, about seven games worth, the Wizards have only had a 1-point advantage. When the trio is not on the floor together, the Wizards are getting outscored by five points per 48.
Stopping Monta Ellis requires …
- Ellis leads the NBA in fast break points with 6.7 per.
Team defense to prevent penetration:
- Ellis is third in paint points with 12.3 per.
Baiting him into bad decisions:
- Ellis’ 104 turnovers are tops in the league.
[Sources: ESPN Stats and Information/Elias Sports, Inc.; Basketball-Reference.com]
Saunders said he would be surprised by his players’ poor shot selection, if he hadn’t already know about it from his days with the Detroit Pistons. “When I took the job, I looked at all my reports that I had in Detroit and my one report always said, ‘No matter what the score is, keep playing because they will shoot you back into the game,’” Saunders said.
It’s tricky, because when the Wizards are running and gunning, it’s the time that they finally get all three All-Stars involved. But at the same time, Saunders said the freestyle play has caused the Wizards to actually shoot their way out of games, and he pointed to Monday’s loss to the Clippers as an example of that.
“We did our running game against [the Clippers] and we were up , and then all of a sudden Caron takes a 1-on-5 jump shot, and Gil takes a 32-foot 3-point shot with 18 seconds on the shot clock over a guy on the pick and roll,” Saunders said. “Those are not playoff-type basketball shots.