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Game Notebook 51, Wizards at Bucks: Flat Lined In Milwaukee

Bucks 99
Wizards 92

February 11, 2016 – BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

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For a quarter last night, the Wizards had a regular heartbeat, beating at a consistent rate, supported by a combination of solid pace, a few made shots, and a lead that was as large as 10 points. They looked healthy, like a team capitalizing on an opponent they had decisively beaten three times already this season. They looked rejuvenated, like a team on track to close out an otherwise brutal first half of their season on an encouraging note by sweeping the season series against an Eastern Conference foe.

But that’s when their blood pressure would suddenly drop, just as John Wall dropped to the hardwood and aggregated his knee. Their oxygen levels would plummet with Gortat in foul trouble. This, the Bucks would take advantage of a now faint Wizards team, reversing the game by 18 points in the 2nd quarter to take a 9 point lead into the half. The Wizards looked defeated, flustered, and on the brink of diminishing. As vital organs began to shut down, the Wizards would find no treatment to revive them, not even one single free throw by a starter in the first half.

The Wizards went into a deep sleep during the halftime break, hopeful that the rest would replenish them enough to make a second half comeback. Replenish they did, and a comeback they did mount, although not without a struggle. The Wizards’ woeful shooting continued to deny them adequate respiration, but the Bucks ended up in worse condition. The Wizards shot just 9-24 from the field in the 3rd, with John suffering the most, going 1-7 and 0-5 from 3. But the Bucks’ offensive struggles led them to seven turnovers during that period and just 14 points to the Wizards’ 24. Suddenly, with a one point lead going into the 4th, the Wizards were showing signs of revival.

As #WizardsNation crowded around their team and rallied them on for a full recovery in the 4th quarter, the Wizards again began to tap out. Doctors had informed the fans of a recurring disease the Wizards had suffered before, known as the Middleton virus named after Khris Middleton. Middleton had 14 points and 5 assists in the 4th quarter, with every bucket of his forcing the Wizards’ respiratory levels to drop at an alarming rate. John Wall tried desperately to resuscitate his team with numerous 3-point attempts but failed. The Wizards would finally flat line to the score of 99-92. Time of death pronounced at 10:34 PM.

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The Game’s Top Performer

Bradley Beal?

Brad didn’t exactly have the shooting night of his life (6-15 FG; 2-6 3PT), but it’s becoming clearer by the game how much he’s progressed as a craftsman of offense. Just about every shot Beal attempted last night was created on his own terms, using his footwork to get separation from his defenders, slashing the lane for shots at the rim. He finished with 19 points and 5 assists.


A forgettable night for..

John Wall

Last night wasn’t so much forgettable for John because he shot so abysmally (and so much period) from the 3-point line, but more so because it was just another night where John was left to dig his team out of a hole using what seemed like Pixy Stix. I slandered the hell out of Wall for attempting 12 three’s but later was informed why he was so compelled to:

With Wall bothered by his aching knee, and running with a supporting cast that – face it – is simply just not very talented, it’s easy to understand why he performed as bad as he did and, additionally, you understand why the Wizards just are not a very good team whatsoever.


Notables:

  • What the hell is it that turns Khris Middleton into a MonStar version of Kobe Bryant when he plays the Wizards? Middleton torched the Wizards for 14 points and 5 assists in the 4th quarter. He manhandled Kelly Oubre to the rim on one possession, outhustled multiple Wizards for a rebound and putback on another, playing tough at the basket to draw fouls (he was 5-5 from the line), and he knocked down a 3. For the season series against the Wizards (4 games), Middleton has averaged 21 points on 50% shooting.
  • When you miss 26 of 32 three’s, and get out-rebounded by 20, you’re probably not giving yourself much of a chance to win. The Wizards totaled just 7 rebounds in the 4th to Milwaukee’s 17, factored directly from the lack of Gortat’s presence. With Nene a lot more stretchy and playing further away from the rim, there was virtually no presence on the glass for the Wizards, which played out beautifully for the lengthy Bucks to capitalize.
  • A win in Milwaukee would have stamped the Wizards’ first season sweep of an opponent, and it couldn’t have come at a better time right before the All-Star break and following a frustrating first half of the season. Instead, the Wizards looked defeated, disengaged, and despondent as they lost their 28th of 51 games. The pace and aggression they displayed in the first 12 minutes of the game wore off quickly, as evident by the way their field goal percentage dipped in the final three quarters:
    1st quarter: 57%
    2nd quarter: 27%
    3rd quarter: 37%
    4th quarter: 33%
  • Well at least the Wizards pregame dances are still strong going into the All-Star break..

  • I had very little expectations for the Google image results when i searched ‘Mia Khalifa crying’, but nevertheless I found it. A popular porn star, but in these parts an even more popular DC sports fan, Mia Khalifa’s crying face will be such a proper depiction of any and all future #SoWizards sadness.


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