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The Lake Show Sets The Example: Wizards Post-Game Locker Room Portraits & Quotes

Updated: January 27, 2010

It was one of those “it is what it is” games. The Wizards gave effort and got beat by a very good team, falling 115-103 to the champion Lakers. Flip Saunders told his players that if they would have played with the same effort against the Heat and the Clippers, they would probably be looking at four wins during the now complete season long six-game homestand instead of two.

The second quarter was where the match was lost. Los Angeles put up 30 points, the Wizards put up 15. Otherwise Washington outscored L.A. by three. In the second, and for pretty much the entire game, the Lakers resembled the time-tested analogy of a well-oiled machine. Even though they were 1-7 from three in the period, they shot 56% on 14 made field-goals, got three steals, two courtesy of Shannon Brown, and shot 9-11 in the paint.

Meanwhile the Wizards turned the ball over seven times leading to nine Lakers points and only got one assist. They also gave L.A. six second-chance points in the second. Instead of a well-oiled machine, the Wizards played like they ate butter drenched popcorn for a pregame meal. Unforced turnovers served as the calling card of the hapless.

Wizards 2nd Q Lineups

>> time on court together, points scored-points given up (turnovers in parenthesis)

  1. Boykins, Stevenson, Butler, Jamison, Blatche
    >> 0:45, 0-2
  2. Boykins, Stevenson, Miller, Jamison (1 – bad pass, Brown steal), Blatche
    >> 3:19, 8-10
  3. Foye, Stevenson (1 – lost ball, Brown steal), Miller, Blatche, Haywood
    >> 0:46, 0-2
  4. Foye, Butler, Miller, Blatche (1 – traveling), Haywood
    >> 2:13, 0-2
  5. Foye, Butler, Miller (1 – bad pass, Fisher steal), Jamison, Haywood
    >> 4:02, 4-7 (1 – shot clock turnover)
    vs.  Fisher, Vujacic, Bryant, Gasol, Bynum
  6. James (1 – bad dribble), McGuire, Miller, Jamison, Haywood (1 – offensive foul)
    >> 1:53, 3-7
    *Blatche checked in for Haywood with 2.5 seconds left, Kobe Bryant missed a shot at the buzzer.

It’s great the Wizards showed some heart and hustle against the Lakers, be proud of such moral victories if you would like. Me? I’ll just shrug my shoulders because no one knows what Wizards team we will see next (although a 14-30 record is a fair indicator). They could very well go up to New Jersey on Friday and give the Nets their fourth win of the season (or fifth, NJ plays the Clippers at home on Wednesday).

Washington is a bag full of potentially harmful pills with a couple good ones tossed in for kicks. Go ahead, grab one.

{post-game locker room portraits}

Brendan Haywood

On getting out-scored 30-15 in the 2nd quarter while out-scoring the Lakers by three for the rest of the game:

“I think we just basically had a couple random possessions where we didn’t get the shots that we probably needed to get.  That led to some transition buckets, that led to some run-outs, them getting fouled in the open court.

Against a team like [the Lakers] that’s all it takes is a quick three, four, five minutes where you’re not playing your best, they take advantage of that and they basically close the game off that 15 point cushion.”

Randy Foye

On the contributions of Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmer in the second quarter:

“Just energy, just up tempo. They didn’t just do it today, they do it every game. Every game I watch, when those guys come in, it changes.

Usually it’s get it to Kobe on the elbow. But when those guys come in, it’s more up-tempo, shooting threes, slashing to the basket and things like that.”

Caron Butler

On what Kobe said to him after the game:

“He just told me to continue working on my craft, always stay positive, and be a great leader. To always come in here and lighten up the mood. We went through a down season out there in LA, that year that I was out there with him. It was tough and it wasn’t good for no one. We didn’t want to get accustomed to that. And obviously we don’t want to get accustomed to that here as well. So, it’s a tough season, just remain positive and try to weather all of this.”

Antawn Jamison

“We’ve been through some crazy stuff that never normally happens, but as far as the injuries and guys missing games, that’s just part of a regular NBA season so there’s no excuse at all.”

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