The Reaction: Wizards Get Glimpses of Pistons, But Lose 99-94
Another day, another loss for the Washington Wizards, this time 99-94 to the Detroit Pistons… no biggie. At least they keep trying, I think. Here’s the reaction…
Greg Monroe had the MVP numbers (18 points and seven rebounds), and Tayshaun Prince (14 points) made pump fakes look like a Picasso against Wizards rookie Chris Singleton. But why not give the MVP to Ben Wallace? Washington coach Randy Wittman tried to play Hack-a-Wallace late in the fourth quarter when the game was close, but Gentle Ben went 5-for-6 from the line (5-for-10 on the night). All Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell could do was chuckle from the bench.
Oh, Jordan. “If you in da D… Slide by the Palace of Auburn Hills tonight!,” Tweeted Jordan Crawford (@Jcraw55) at about 10:30 AM on the morning of Thursday night’s game. Hopefully his friends and family don’t start asking for refunds. A 2-for-13 effort from the field on this night makes him 4-for-25 in his hometown of Detroit on the season. Add Crawford’s 3-for-10 effort last season in Detroit, as a Wizard, and he’s 7-for-35 for his career in Motor City. The ‘check engine’ light is on…
John Wall. After very disinterested home court efforts against Milwaukee on Monday and Indiana on Wednesday, Wall suddenly engaged himself with the intent to attack the rim. He created off being an offensive threat instead of being an apathetic pass-first player. Because of Wall (28 points, 10 assists and three turnovers), his depleted Wizards were in the game.
The Pistons dominated most of the game, can’t blame them. Without Nene and Trevor Booker, Washington gave 22 and 14 minutes to Brian Cook and James Singleton — who signed to a 10-day on his fourth day back from China — respectively. From about two minutes left in the third quarter to about two minutes into the fourth, Detroit pushed their lead from six to 17, mostly thanks to Rodney Stuckey.
That was … Interesting.
Who would’ve thunk that James Singleton’s signature on a piece of paper which is valid for 10 days would spark the Wizards to compete on the road. OK, so it wasn’t Singleton, who had zero points off two shot attempts (one a 3-pointer), with two rebounds and five fouls in 14 minutes, it was actually Wall who made the Wizards competitive despite a malnourished roster. Go figure.