Wake-up call: Shots are there but shooting touch isn't

Wake-up call: Shots are there but shooting touch isn't
March 19, 2014, 8:00 am
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Looking back at Tuesday's loss at the Sacramento Kings, it only was a matter of time that the Wizards' lack of shooting touch caught up with them. Their two best shooters with the starting unit, Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal, have gone mostly silent. 

Ariza has 8-for-34 from three-point range in his last five games. Beal is 11-for-31. Combined, that's 29%. As a result, John Wall's assist average has dropped sharply to 7.4. He only has reached double-figures once.

So it should come as no surprise that the Wizards are 2-3 in this stretch and easily could be 0-for-5 if not for fourth-quarter comebacks to beat the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets that were initiated by defense.

In the Wizards losing 117-111 in overtime to the Kings, a team that already is out of the playoff picture, they blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. Ariza and Beal were 2-for-8 from long range. 

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The Wizards (35-32) led 92-84 with 3:52 left in the game, but the primary triggermen went cold:

  • Beal missed a jump shot
  • Ariza missed on consecutive looks from three-point range
  • Beal missed the final shot in regulation, from about 21 feet
  • Beal missed a jump shot and a free throw
  • Ariza and Beal made one three-pointer each
  • Beal missed consecutive three-point shots

Martell Webster, who made 3 of 6 shots, including 2 of 5 threes for nine points off the bench, only played 13 seconds of the overtime period. 

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