January 1, 2014
If you’re a Washington Wizard not named Trevor Booker, you’re probably going to want to forget you played a basketball game last night. The reason being? Well, there were 55 of them last night. That’s how m any shots, out of 88, the Wizards missed, which includes the 19 of 24 they bricked from downtown.
Last night was just awful. What makes it really suck is that one of those elusive big games by Trevor Booker had to go to waste. Booker finished with 19 rebounds, seven of them offensive, and was simply all over the floor last night, actively moving around the ball and giving the Wizards several second chance opportunities. Hell, he even ran a fast break but botched the lob to Wall.
What sucks even more about this game is the Wizards’ defense on Dirk Nowitzki also goes to waste. Dirk scored only nine points, making just three of his 14 shot attempts. But all that effort gets canceled out because the Wizards simply missed too many shots as well.
The analysis for a game like this is usually minimal. Having to go to shootaround early in the AM and then having to play a basketball game just a dozen and a half hours after NYE festivities will certainly cloud your production.
Wittman had little explanation besides the failure to convert shots. John Wall said pretty much the same. The Wizards’ effort really can’t be blamed, especially in the first half when they dominated the paint for 26 points and held the Mavs to just 14 points in the 2nd quarter.
The Wizards have proven their impotence in post-holiday games. We all remember the trouncing in Minnesota after a 6-day Christmas break. Although last night wasn’t nearly as bad an outing, the Wizards displayed enough sloppiness and fatigue to prove they had a fun ass NYE.
MVP: Trevor Booker – 10 points, 19 rebounds (7 offensive)
What a relief Trevor Booker has become for Randy Wittman. Inserted into the starting lineup as a measure to keep Nene fresh and preserved, the Cook Book menu has been all hot and spicy, especially last night. Book was frantic on the boards. Granted, the Wizards missed a ton of deep balls which created easier long rebound opportunities, but it doesn’t sugarcoat Booker’s prowess and knack for attacking the ball. His hearty, relentless efforts made him a clear fan favorite last night as the crowd voiced their appreciation any time he stepped on or off the court. If we could get half of this production from Booker on a consistent basis, I wouldn’t mind that at all.
LVP: Kevin Seraphin – 2 pts, 1-5 FG, 2 TO’s in 15 minutes
The Wizards’ flow on offense just gets depleted and sucked out of the arena when Snakey is in the mix. Time and again, we see Kevin losing himself on rotations and clogging up space. And I hate to say this but on very rare occasions I’ve become fond of Seraphin’s in the post, simply because I’ve seen him put in work on defenders and convert when he puts his head into it. But of course, therein lies the issue. Seraphin simply lacks enough court IQ to make a positive impact.
Key stat of the game: – Free throw attempts: 21-10 Dallas
This has become a recurring story for the Wizards. Their inability to make enough plays at the rim to earn charity shots. Questionable officiating was again an issue in last night’s game, but what wasn’t questionable was the fact that the Wizards failed to penetrate the lane enough. In his post-game presser, Wittman explained the importance of attacking the rim, especially when jump shots aren’t falling. That simply wasn’t the case last night and a key difference in the outcome of the game.
Tweet of the night:
Nothing to gain out of this one.
Win or lose, burn the tape of this game
— Akbar Naqvi (@A_Naqvi_WoA) January 2, 2014