John Wall knows the Wizards have much to work on
WAKING UP after Saturday's 83-81 loss to the Chicago Bulls in Rio de Janeiro …
The Wizards were the opposite of the team they were in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the opener, when the second unit was ineffective and the starters did the heavy lifting. This time, the starters didn't show up and the reserves brought them and gave them a chance to win at the end. Wins are not the most important thing in the preseason, so being 0-2 shouldn't be cause for alarm. It's about the process, and these players have to do better for the Wizards to live up to potential:
John Wall: The point guard is 6-for-23 shooting, and while his form has looked good on his shot, it isn't falling. He has missed all four three-point attempts. He has eight turnovers total. Two came in the first quarter of the Bulls game for palming violations.
Eric Maynor: Wall's backup has shot 4-for-17 and has six turnovers. Maynor found his groove late in the second half vs. Chicago but passed on an open jump shot that could've changed the outcome. Instead, Maynor deferred to rookie Glen Rice who took a three-point shot that hit the back rim with just more than one minute left. Wall emphasized that was their problem in the Nets loss -- passing up open shots.
Kevin Seraphin: The reserve center has eight turnovers. He received a nifty interior pass from Martell Webster and didn't come close on the finish, hitting the side of the backboard with the shot attempt. He lost the handle on a low-post feed from Maynor with the Wizards in position to take the lead. Both plays happened down the stretch of the fourth quarter. In the third, Seraphin threw a poor pass to Bradley Beal on the perimeter. It wasn't close as it became a backcourt violation.
Jan Vesely: He has started both games at power forward and has been mostly a rebounder, averaging 10.5 per game. But where's the offense? Vesely doesn't have to average 15 points per game, but with Trevor Ariza starting and Nene working his way back to health the Wizards need a shot in the arm. He attempted only five shots in 30 minutes vs. the Bulls. Vesely put up only four shots in 28 minutes of the opener.
Trevor Ariza: Speaking of offense, the starting small forward -- for now, at least -- went without a field goal for six quarters. He had a spurt in the third quarter Saturday, starting with a breakaway dunk and a pair of three-pointers. Ariza's strong suit is defense. He's this team's best one-on-one defender, but without the other cylinders clicking on offense his dry spells are more noticeable.