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A Wizards Loss (to the Nets) in Photos — Sad, Sad Photos

Updated: December 23, 2017

IF YOU THOUGHT the Wizards turned the corner after their decisive win over the New Orleans Pelicans, then I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. Washington suffered its worst loss of the season in embarrassing fashion to the Nets (again), 119-84.

It’s usually an oversimplification to say that one team played harder than the other. But in this case it was true. Washington was flat-footed and lackadaisical all night while Brooklyn crashed the boards and played with energy. No other explanation is needed. Instead, let’s take a look at some photos that capture the essence of this debacle.

John Wall Played 7:33 Minutes in the First Half

John Wall played the first seven and a half minutes of the first quarter and then did not return the rest of the half. He did not look like a guy who wanted to sit out the entire second quarter. The official explanation was that Wall was on a 25-minute restriction because Washington was playing the first game of a back-to-back. But that math does not add up because Wall would need to play 17 of the 24 second-half minutes to reach his 25 minute limit. That is a lot of second-half playing time for someone with another game in less than 24 hours. In the end, the minutes restriction was moot because Wall and the rest of the starters had plenty of time to rest during the blowout in Brooklyn.

One Play That Explains The Loss

If you missed the game and want a simple one play explanation for what went wrong, here you go:

DeMarre Carroll attempts a 3-pointer from the corner. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is the only Nets player in the lane.

As the ball descends, Markieff Morris and Mike Scott stand flat-footed in the lane.

The ball bounces off the rim while Morris and Scott remain glued to the ground. Scott, in particular, appears oblivious to the fact that Tyler Zeller is crashing from the top of the key and is in serious need of a box out.

The rebound bounces straight up and Zeller leaps over the earth-bound Scott.

Markieff has a great view of Zeller’s easy put-back dunk as Brooklyn takes a nine-point lead late in the second quarter.

Wizards Fans Are Getting Too Old For This Sh*t

John Wall Still Does Not Look Happy

Do not adjust your computer/smart phone. This is not the same photo as the one at the top of this post when Wall seemed perturbed about sitting out the entire second quarter. This photo was taken about 30 minutes later when Brooklyn built a 28-point lead late in the third quarter. Wall’s feelings appear to be unchanged.

Please Don’t Put Us Back In

With 4:45 remaining in the third quarter, Brooklyn led by 20 points. With so much time remaining, that was far from an insurmountable deficit. But you can see from the players’ despondent looks on the bench that the game was not as close as the score indicated.

Kara Lawson Learning the Ways of the Wizards

At Least Someone Enjoyed That Game

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Adam grew up in the D.C. area and has been a Washington Bullets fan for over 25 years. He will not refer to the franchise as anything other than the Bullets unless required to do so by Truth About It editorial standards. Adam spent many nights at the Capital Centre in the ‘90s where he witnessed such things as Michael Jordan’s “LaBradford Smith game,” the inexcusable under-usage of Gheorghe Muresan’s unstoppable post moves, and the basketball stylings of Ledell Eackles.