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Bulls Horn Wizards 121-119 In Double OT: Randy Foye’s Hero Ball Falls Short

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Updated: January 16, 2010

I don’t want to pick on Randy Foye. He’s a good guy who wants to succeed in the most honorable way possible. His numbers have also been admirable as of late. Over the last five games, Foye has averaged 20.6 points, 7.8 assists, 1.8 turnovers, 4.0 rebounds and a block and a steal. So, I can’t exactly blame Foye for having the ball in his hands at the end of regulation, the first overtime AND the second overtime with the game on the line, but I can blame the Wizards as a team for putting Foye in those situations.

It’s absolutely unfathomable that neither Antawn Jamison nor Caron Butler — the stars, the studs, the captains, and perhaps two Wizards in the midst of their swan songs with the franchise — had the ball in their hands in any of those crucial waning moments where the game was lost, but could have been won. Remember the game winners Caron Butler hit against Toronto and Indiana last season? I do.

But the Wizards fought the whole way. Butler, Jamison and Brendan Haywood combined for 77 points, 46 rebounds and 159 minutes. The team limited turnovers, only six, and shared the ball to the tune of 23 assists. The bench didn’t provide much, aside from an eight point flash from Earl Boykins, and got outscored 27-14. Andray Blatche put up a stat line of three missed shots, two rebounds and three fouls in 10 minutes.

The Wizards lost 121-119 to the Bulls in double-overtime. Oh well, nothing new. It bes like that sometimes.

{Randy Foye’s Three Moments}

End of Regulation: Looks like some confusion and bad spacing off an inbounds pass. Foye got it on the far left wing and ran down the clock. The Wizards cleared out. Jamison came to set a pick, but Foye turned it down, drove right toward the free-throw line and just lot the ball.

End of 1st OT: Can’t blame Foye too much for this shot. Haywood and Jamison set a high double screen for Randy. He drove to the basket, got space from Hinrich who was sliding backward, and pulled up at the right elbow. He missed short and a good deal to the right. Steve Buckhantz said he looked, “tentative.”

End of 2nd OT: The play looked to be for Foye the whole time. Randy received the inbounds pass from Butler and didn’t look back. Against Kirk Hinrich, a good defender who forced Foye into a turnover at the end of regulation, Foye initially bobbled the ball, but then recovered, dribbled to a spot on the baseline far from the rim, and took a fading back and to the right jumper that was heavily contested. The shot didn’t even touch rim.

One, shots from the baseline are harder. A minimal amount of friendly backboard available makes this a fact of life. Two, the inbounds passer, Butler, was not heavily denied the ball. Foye should have kicked the ball back to him and let Tuff Juice do his thing.

{Quick Takes}

[Michael Lee - Wizards Insider, Washington Post]

If the Wizards can count on one thing being consistent this season, it’s disappointment. They know how to lose in the most excruciating ways imaginable. Although the only got credit for one loss on Friday against the Chicago Bulls, the way things fell apart at the end of regulation, overtime and double-overtime, it almost felt like three.

About Gilbert’s Four Guns [The Washington Post]

  • .50-caliber semiautomatic Desert Eagle
  • Smith & Wesson .500 magnum revolver
  • .45-caliber black semiautomatic Kimber Eclipse
  • 9mm Browning

[Matt McHale - By The Horns, ESPN TrueHoop Network]

You’ll notice that as Rose has gone, so have the Bulls. And last night served notice that Rose’s steady improvement isn’t a fluke or a simple hot streak. He has arrived. Rose scored a career-high 37 points, and he did it from a little bit of everywhere (except from behind the three-point line). He also grabbed 9 rebounds, dished out 6 assists and hit some truly clutch shots.

The first was a 17-foot jumper to put the Bulls up 100-99 with 1:29 left in the fourth quarter. Joakim Noah knocked down a couple free throws (which were also clutch) between a pair of three-pointers by the Wizards before Rose gathered in his own miss (which was blocked) and hit a baseline jumper to tie the game at 104-104. And while he couldn’t win the game at the end of regulation — he missed an 18-footer at the buzzer — he made up for it at the end of the second overtime by hitting a spinning, one-handed floater from 11 feet out to put the Bulls up 121-119.

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  • http://macgsworld.com Mac G

    Just pour more salt into the wounds of washington wizards fandom. 1/15/10 was a historic horrible day for this franchise.