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Game recap – Miami just too hot to handle for Wizards

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Heat 103 Wizards 93

November 3, 2013
American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
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Moral victories, that counts right? Unfortunately, no, and the Wizards are still winless. The Heat started the game off shooting at a blistering percentage, while in turn, the Wizards were careless, sloppy and hesitant early on, trailing by as much as 16 in the first half.

John Wall, who was a game-time decision, looked to be fine tonight but the Wizards needed him to attack more. He finished with 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting to go with nine assists. As mentioned earlier, sloppy play doomed the Wizards all night. They committed 20 turnovers, including five a piece between Wall and Bradley Beal.

In the front court, Marcin Gortat looks to be finding a comfort zone in the middle. He had a good pick & roll game going with Wall early, and finished with a nice line of 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The game started getting out of hand in the 3rd quarter. Besides Beal, the Wizards offense was terrible in the quarter. This happened to be Beal’s best quarter of the season, scoring nine of the team’s 16 points. For the Wizards’ sake, you have to hope this gets Beal going for the season.

As much as the offense could have done better, this game was lost on the defensive end. The Wizards couldn’t solve Miami’s ball movement the whole game. There were times when LeBron would just toy with the out of position defensive players, and the game just looked too easy for the Heat.

The moral victory for the Wizards can be looked at as they only gave up 36 points in the paint (yay!). They also fought back from a 20+ deficit to only lose by 10 to the Heat! But in all seriousness, maybe this team can start to gel when Nene gets inserted back in the starting lineup.. before he gets injured again.


MVP: Martell Webster – 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Had to go with Martell over Beal here because of his overall impact on the floor. In the 4th quarter, when the Wizards made their run, Martell made the biggest impact. He knocked down shots, grabbed some big rebounds and maintained good ball movement swinging to the open man. Martell should see 35 minutes a night.

LVP: Trevor Ariza

Ariza shot the ball very well in the first game of the season, didn’t shoot good against the Sixers but made an impact elsewhere on the court, but this game for the most part he was just awful. He picked up three early fouls in the game, and missed his first eight shots. Also, he attempted 16 shots tonight which was the most on the team. This team won’t win when Trevor Ariza leads them in shot attempts.

Key stat of the game: – 32 assists on 37 field goals for Miami

Their ball movement was nearly flawless in this game and had Wizards defenders out of position every possession and capitalized on that very often.

Tweet of the night:

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I couldn’t have set it any better.

What’s next:

The 3-0 76ers in Philly. The good news is the Wizards know they’re playing a scrappy team that doesn’t know they’re supposed to be tanking for Andrew Wiggins. With that said, the Wizards can’t get lazy at any point against this team. They have to match their intensity for 48 minutes or 0-4 will be very likely.

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