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Game recap: Wizards succumb to missed opportunities and #MaynorTime

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Nuggets 75 Wizards 74

December 9, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
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Ok, let me just get this out of the way before I go on with the rest of this article. That was the shittiest game I’ve ever seen. No, like I’m not even exaggerating. If there was a literal way for defecation to be produced during an NBA game, it happened last night when the Wizards fell 75-74 to the Denver Nuggets. No, that wasn’t the score after 3 quarters, it was the final score after 48 minutes of slightly above average D-League basketball.

Jesus, where do I begin? It was so bad that the fans were booing the DC Lottery money machine guy. True story. If you didn’t watch the game and have it DVR’d like my colleague Abdullah, just stop. Don’t watch it. Save yourself the heartburn. This was one of those #SoWizards games where the Wizards were just fine cruising along being the Wizards until they became the Wizards. If you’re a Wizards fan, you know EXACTLY what this means. This game was a circus. For NBA fans, consider yourself lucky because the circus tickets cost more than the $4 StubHub tickets. You could’ve seen it all. Randy Foye throwing up 3’s from the bench, Kenneth Faried doing his best Jan Vesely impression. Shit, even Eric Maynor’s floater made an appearance on a wide left field goal attempt on a last second shot as the shot clock expired. Seriously, I’ve seen Billy Cundiff kick the ball more accurately than I’ve seen Eric Maynor do LIFE AS AN NBA PLAYER accurately. Take it for what it is.

Between the bench combining for five — wait — let me repeat myself. BETWEEN THE BENCH COMBINING FOR FIVE POINTS and the entire team only being able to get to the free throw line just nine times, I don’t even know if I can nominate a single person for the game MVP. If I sound angry, forgive me, I am a Redskins fan.

#MaynorTime gets credited for “The Worst Offensive Possession Of The NBA Season” by Deadspin. This was merely a microcosm of the entire evening. Enjoy.

The Wizards shot 36% from the field and from the opening tip to the very last play, this game was just a sloppy mess. No rhythm, no pace and extremely boring to watch. It was the perfect game for a road team like Denver to come in and steal a game. Which they did.

Washington now falls to 9-11 on the season and if the loss wasn’t bad enough, the team found itself with a chance to win the game on the final possession(s) of the game. Except this time, the Wizards had multiple chances to do so. Two to be exact. Trevor Ariza had a shot from the corner that rimmed out and just when you thought the game was over, Glen Rice Jr. gives the Wizards life. He steals Denver’s inbound pass and the Wizards, once again, get the ball with the chance to take the last shot to win the game. Wall claimed that he was hacked on his way up by Nate Robinson, something he complained about later in his post game comments: “Robinson was grabbing my arm all night. No call.”

Long story short, for the second time in as many games, the Wizards had a chance to win the game on the last possession and just couldn’t make the shot. Hopefully, those chances will fall in favor of Washington as the season progresses.

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MVP: John Wall – 20 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds

Despite having no Webster, Beal or Nene, John did everything he could to get his team in the best position to win the game. Maybe he played a little sporadically, but then again, who didn’t? As long as Wall is on the court, we have a chance to win any game and even though we didn’t get the win tonight, it proved to be true.

LVP: Eric Maynor (and it wasn’t even close)

Martell Webster played better from the treatment room than Maynor did in his 7 minutes of action. He turned the ball over once and on back to back possessions dribbled the ball without any idea that there was the concept of an NBA shot clock. He threw up a 45 foot classic Eric Maynor floater and as NFL commentators would say, “it went wide left.” Maynor was shown to his regular spot at the end of the bench, and it’s no coincidence that he never saw the court after that.

Key stat of the game: – Wizards 5-for-24 from 3-point range

Simply put, a slightly better percentage wins you the game. The team was feeding the ball to Gortat with such ease and regularity in the first quarter and it lead to him scoring 12 points in the opening quarter. He only had four for the next 3 quarters combined. They went away from the inside game and started settling for outside shots. Guys were putting up so many unnecessary 3-pointers I was starting to think Randy Foye was back on this team again. You live by the 3, you die by the 3 and tonight, the Wizards definitely died.

Tweet of the night:

Seriously, some of the worst basketball you’ll ever see in your life happened during the first 3 minutes of the 2nd quarter with this lineup on the floor…

What’s next:

With the Hawks and the Clippers on the horizon, it’s important the Wizards use this time to get healthy and focus on Atlanta. They’ve worked so hard to crawl back to .500 and could very easily be 11-9 instead of 9-11. The good teams in this league are able to stop losing streaks before they start to take over. Washington has a divisional match coming up on the road that they desperately need to win. They currently find themselves a game and a half back of Atlanta for second in the division. I know It’s early, but if the Wizards want to solidify themselves as a playoff team like they’ve been claiming they are all season long, these are games you have to win.

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