The Reaction & The Wizards Said WHAT? John Wall: ‘I’m Just Playing Basketball…’
That’s right… the reaction to the Wizards losing to the Pacers 109-96 on Wednesday night and another video rendition of “The Wizards Said WHAT?” all rolled into one. Enjoy.
Danny Granger was methodical to an aesthetically pleasing degree. His best work came in the third quarter when he scored seven of his 20 points. Granger read Chris Singleton’s defense, turned down the screen from his teammate, and nailed a 3-pointer that put the Pacers up 67-63 with 7:21 left. The game never got closer than that. Going 8-for-12 on field goals with five rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers in 27 minutes, it was a rather chill night for Danny.
John Wall seems like he’s doing more to help the Wizards just “play basketball” while the clock ticks, and he’s not so much taking actions that would aid efforts to win. And while we don’t relish continuing to pile on Mr. Wall’s struggles, between his seeming refusal to attempt to finish at the rim, him feverishly shaking his head in frustration going into a late third quarter timeout, and his robotic blandness in the post-game session with the media, this is not as engaging of a John Wall as we’ve seen in the past, in any manner. Then again, his Wizards aren’t competitive in too many engagements these days either. So how much do we blame the 21-year old?
Darren Collison completely out-classed Wall. He finished with 17 points on 7-for-8 field goals with 11 assists and one turnover in 32 minutes. It was almost too easy for Collison; having all those scorers at his behest is also a nice setup. His pretty crossover and step-back jumper over Cartier Martin to end the first half was one of the game’s highlights. Yep, getting Collison for Troy Murphy was quite the move by that Larry Bird.
That was …. Grim.
How many more depleted efforts like this can the Wizards and their fans take for the rest of the season? Neither Trevor Booker nor Nene should play; plantar fasciitis needs its precious beauty rest, but results of the currently available players are absurdly demoralizing for just about anyone involved. I’m still baffled how the Wizards managed to stay in the game for a half against Indiana (they were down 52-51 at the break). Give them some credit, guys are trying, but the Pacers also simply missed shots in the second quarter (6-for-18). With all the talk of the NBA Draft Lottery and tanking around the intertubes, the Wizards seem to be a good job of skirting potential accusations; you just wonder if the team’s going to get any help, even if just another warm body to placate the basketball gods, before the season’s over.
The starting and stopping of the clock.