If there is one redeeming quality about the Wizards during what has become an historic run to futility, it is that they’ve been competitive in every game.
Monday night’s 118-92 blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs was the exception.
Already without star guard John Wall (right knee) and power forward Trevor Booker (right knee), the Wizards learned just before Monday night’s game that they’d have to play without Brazilian center Nene because of residual pain in his left foot.
The 26-point loss was the worst for the Wizards this season, but really, the game’s outcome was decided before it began.
With a starting lineup that would serve as an ample bench for most NBA teams, the Wizards stayed close for the better part of two quarters but fell victim to a well-balanced attack by the Spurs en route to their franchise-record 12th straight loss to start the season.
The Spurs (12-3) had seven players reach double figures in scoring, led by Boris Diaw’s 16 and 15 each by Tony Parker and Tiago Splitter.
The Wizards, who were led by Jordan Crawford’s 19 points, are now 0-13 against the Spurs over the past five years.
They’ll attempt to avoid their 13th straight loss this season when they hit the hardwood against the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night at Verizon Center.
For a team in desperate search of a silver lining, the Wizards might have caught a glimpse of some sun before the game when Wall took dozens of long-range jumpers off passes from assistant coach Sam Cassell.
There has been no timetable set for Wall’s return, but it appears to be coming soon.
Despite not having Wall, Nene and Booker for the first time all season, the Wizards managed to hang with Spurs through most of the first half.
That all changed in the span of about 3 minutes.
Led by Martell Webster (13 points), A.J. Price (11 points) and Kevin Seraphin (10 points) the Wizards were trailing the Spurs by just two points at 50-48 with just over 3 minutes remaining in the first half.
But a 10-0 run by the Spurs, highlighted by back-to-back threes by Boris Diaw and Manu Ginobili, gave San Antonio a 60-48 lead at the half and the Wizards never got closer than 10 points in the second half.