Wizards-Raptors instant analysis

Wizards-Raptors instant analysis
February 19, 2013, 9:30 pm
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A recap of the Washington Wizards 96-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors:

How it happened:

With seven turnovers in the first quarters the Wizards got off to a sloppy start and were never able to recover. This didn’t look like the same team that went into All-Star break by winning four of five games. Offensively they simply couldn’t hold on to the ball and Toronto took advantage scoring 24 points off 17 Wizards’ turnovers.

John Wall and Nene had especially tough nights shooting a combined 4-for-23 from the field. The lone bright spot was Bradley Beal who scored 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting.

What it means:

This wasn’t how Randy Wittman envisioned starting the second half of the season. The Wizards entered the All-Star break playing their best ball of the season but this loss was a step in the wrong direction. Washington isn’t talented enough to overcome rough outings by both Wall and Nene.

Important note:

The gigantic jumbotron atop Verizon Center malfunctioned prior to the game so both teams were forced to use a shot clock that sat along the baseline. Throughout games players routinely look up to jumbotron to have an idea of the score or shot clock. Once players are made available I’ll get a response as to how much of a factor this inconvenience was.

Interesting note:

Jordan Crawford received his fourth consecutive DNP (did not play) coach’s decision. It’s clear he hasn’t gotten out of Wittman’s doghouse. The trading deadline is on Thursday but will Crawford be moved now that he is out of the rotation?

When Wall was out with his knee injury Crawford was the Wizards’ leading scorer. At one point during the third quarter fans began a chant of “Jordan Crawford,” imploring Wittman to give him some playing time. But that request fell on death ears.

What’s next?

Nine of the Wizards next 13 games will take place here at the Verizon Center. After two days off they have back to back’s this weekend against Denver and Houston. Washington is still very much on the outside looking in terms of the playoffs. But if they are going to make a late season push it will have to happen in these next 13 games.