Warriors 112 – Wizards 96
January 5, 2014
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Another pathetic 3rd quarter, another home loss, another gray strand.
For the second game in a row the Wizards, now in the midst of a 3-game slide, came out of the locker room in the second half monotonous and unenergized. Flattened by 30-5 opening 3rd quarter run, the Phone Booth lingered in lifelessness as they cringed at every Bradley Beal brick and moaned at every advantage the Golden State Warriors conversely took.
The Wizards have now been woefully driven to the ground a 70-31 in their past two 3rd quarters combined. Not sure if Wittman needs a reverend to ghostwrite his halftime spiels or what, but the bottom line is the Wizards need to break through this inexplicable second half shittiness that’s collapsed them the past two games.
And what the hell happened to Marcin Gorat, you ask? Wittman evaded a proper explanation, claiming that he was “coaching” and had to make a change once the Wizards started to pummel. As for The Hammer himself, he was expectedly long gone when the media entered the locker room. Gortat was pulled by Wittman early in the 3rd, seemingly after Gortat erratically tried to beat Bogut in the post and failed miserably after desperately heaving the ball over the rim. He clocked only 4 quick minutes in the second half.
The Wizards did take advantage of a slow 4th quarter start by the Warriors and managed to pull within 11, but any glimmer of hope for a comeback quickly evaporated in the following few minutes when Golden State went on an 11-2 run to pull back up by 20.
On pace for nearly 120 points in the first half, the Wizards didn’t even break 100, and dropped the fifth of their last six home games 112-96.