A recap of the Washington Wizards 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats:
Why the Wizards won:
During yesterdays press conference Wizards head coach Randy Wittman said he wouldnt have taken this job if he didnt think this team was better than its record. For one night he was right in his declaration. Washington controlled this game from start to finish thanks to a combination of teamwork and defense. It also didnt hurt that the Bobcats werent very good.
Wittman also said that in his eyes every single player was starting with a blank slate. He also promised that players would have to earn their minutes on the floor. Washington came out with a lot more energy leading to 31 first quarter points. Wittman also used a total of 10 players in the opening stanza. Using that many players will allow the team to play at the faster pace Wittman wants them to.
One could debate whether the Bobcats 75 points were a sign of Charlottes offensive ineptitude or the Wizards defense. Either way those 75 points were a season low by a Wizards opponent. Washington held Charlotte to 36 percent shooting including just 1-of-9 from beyond the three-point arc.
It will take more than one game for the Wizards to correct their bad habits. There were still moments when a player took a bad shot or failed to get back on defense. These are the little things that Wittman says he will address during the remainder of the season.
The Wizards attacked the basket early and often from the opening tip. The results paid off as they outscored the Bobcats 60-34 in points in the paint.
On Friday the Wizards will travel to Houston as they continue their stretch of three games in four nights. This will be the second meeting between these two teams in the last two weeks. In the first game the Rockets beat the Wizards 114-106 despite a career high 38-points by John Wall.