The Reaction: Bummer Guards, Sixers Guard Tough, Wizards Fall in Philly
Sixers 92 over Wizards 84—two bummer losses in a row. Ain’t that right, Jordan Crawford? This is your reaction…
That game was…
…a defensive tug-o’-war on top of an offensive turd.
It was good of the Wizards to hang around in the end and make things interesting (or for the Sixers to let them). Resiliency and all of that. But, several factors:
- Old adage: Wizards didn’t play like they deserved to win.
- Turnovers were a sign of player focus, and it starts with John Wall (who had a team-high five giveaways). If you want to be a star, lead your team in Philly.
- 19 Wizards team turnovers led to 15 Philadelphia points, which is big in a game where the Wizards only scored 11 points in the second quarter.
- Collins vs. Wittman: the Sixers certainly weren’t more talented than the Wizards; could be an out-coached thing on this night.
On the Wizards, it goes to Emeka Okafor. He battled the best he could with 15 points and 17 rebounds in 36 minutes. And I swear Okafor’s defensive footwork and smarts are rubbing off on Kevin Seraphin, sometimes. Okafor missed a close shot, much to John Wall’s visible chagrin, when the Wizards were trying to go on a 12-2 run to get within five points with 2:20 left in the game. But after Philly didn’t score, Okafor came back and sealed a Trevor Ariza assist via baseline drive with a dunk to make it 89-84 with 1:40 left.
On the Sixers… Yea, yea… We’ll give it to Nick Young. He scored 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting, 3-for-6 from deep, against his former team (plus/minus of zero). And, get this: four assists… FOUR (4!) assists.
Wizards guards without Beal/what Wittman did with them. So with Bradley Beal out due to a sprained wrist, Randy Wittman went with Garrett Temple at the 2. Was it putting Jordan Crawford in his place? Letting him know that his role will continue to be on the bench? We’ll never hear the real reason, nor know how much it affected Crawford’s night—he scored a whole three points on 1-for-5 shooting in 17 minutes off the bench. Hell, with Philly starting a 2/3 combo of Evan Turner and Nick Young, a contrasting combo of Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza might have gotten the Wizards further. Instead, Wittman got an ineffectual two points on two shots in 20 minutes from his starting 2-guard, Temple. His teammates barely knew he was on the court.
[expletive deleted] -#WittmanFace