Screen shots, commentary and links…
My column last week in the DCist got delayed due to my account, so it was posted this morning for you to kindly read. It’s all about how the “Our Time” motto worked out for the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, but not so much for the Washington Wizards. And as evident by the posters above from the crowd seen on television at VCU’s big win over Kansas yesterday, it was clearly a theme that resonated from when Rams coach Shaka Smart outlined it for his team at the beginning of their season. So a big congrats goes to VCU … go check out my DCist column … and the below screen shot captures how the ticket that I purchased in Las Vegas last July (while I was out there for the NBA Summer League) for the Kansas Jayhawks to win the NCAA national title feels.
So the Wizards lost again on the road last night to the Golden State Warriors, 114-104, dropping them to 17-55 on the season and 1-35 on the road. The young, depleted Washington squad did not pay enough attention to shooters (Dorrell Wright went 5-11 from three-point land and Monta Ellis went 4-6) and were out-lasted by minor mistakes and a Warriors team with many more offensive weapons. Ten of the Warriors’ 11 3-point makes were assisted upon (Golden State missed 13 threes), while Washington went 4-16 from deep with all of those long buckets coming via assists.
John Wall, who finished with 18 points on 5-16 shooting with 12 assists and three turnovers, contributed 0.95 points per possession used. Jordan Crawford, who finished with 11 points on 5-21 shooting with seven assists, three turnovers and five rebounds, produced just 0.53 PC/PU. On the other side, Ellis, 37 points on 14-24 shooting with 13 assists and two turnovers in 48 minutes of action, had a PC/PU of 1.34 and Wright, 19 points on 6-14 from the field, had a PC/PU of 1.22.
JaVale McGee had an excellent game with a career-high 28 points (thanks to 9-12 from the field and 10-11 from the free-throw line) to go with 18 rebounds and five blocked shots. He really used his length to his advantage against Golden State, often securing defensive boards with two hands and long arms. But until some of the Wizards’ young guns get more horses to ride with, there will be a lot of games like this where they try valiantly, but fall short in the end.
PC = Points Contributed: Pts + Ast*2/3 – AstFGM*2/3
PU = Possessions Used: FGA + TO + Ast*1/3 – AstFGM*1/3 + FTA*0.44
Stats from HoopData.com
After a poor game versus Denver, Nick Young had a decent start versus the Warriors, but got injured again.
Love the faces of Yi Jianlian and David Lee in his poster of a JaVale McGee dunk.
[TwitPic via @WashWizards]
Ted Leonsis vs. The Washington Post with fair commentary from Jamie Mottram.
And a good response from Dan Steinberg, who was a target of Leonsis discussed in the above link.
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Omar Samhan talks about playing in Lithuania and Arvydas Sabonis.