Instant analysis: Misfiring Wizards fall to Kings

Instant analysis: Misfiring Wizards fall to Kings
February 23, 2012, 2:30 am
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A recap of the Washington Wizards 115-107 loss to the Sacramento Kings:
Why the Wizards lost:

After shooting nearly 60 percent from the field during the first half it looked as though Washington would surely tally win No. 8 of the season. Neither the Wizards or Kings played much defense but in the fourth quarter Washington just started missing shots. Meanwhile Sacramento went on a 15-6 run to close the game.

Key Moment:

At 5-9, Isaiah Thomas was easily the smallest person on the court but he absolutely torched the Wizards during the fourth quarter. The rookie point guard scored 10 of his 18 points in the final frame. The Wizards simply werent able to keep him out of the lane. Even when he missed his penetration led to several offensive rebounds and put backs for the Kings.
The Good:

Jordan Crawford entered tonights game having scored 20 points or more off the bench in three of his last four games. He didnt waste any time heating up against the Kings scoring 11 points in his first four minutes on the floor. Crawford went on to score 21 in the half finishing the game with 32 points.

The Bad:

Washington allowed the Kings to score 64 of their 115 points in the paint. Randy Wittman clearly set out to send a message to JaVale McGee who played only 24 minutes. McGee was called for a couple of goaltending violations and Wittman punished his young big man by sitting him on the bench for most of the third and fourth quarters.

Key Stat:

John Wall was one rebound short of a triple double but his Wizards allowed the Kings to score 64 points in the paint.

Whats next?

The Wizards finished the unofficial first half of the season with a record of 7-26. John Wall will be the only player taking part in this weekends All-Star festivities. Wizards will return to the court next Tuesday Feb. 28 against the Milwaukee Bucks.