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Recap: Missed shots & poor defense keep Wizards from .500 (again)

The After Party: Where we channel all of your Wizards post-game essentials into one massive data over-filled post. Locker room interviews, choice excerpts from the game captured off of a TV screen by way of Vine (we like to call them VINElights), and a selection of delectable in-game tweets finger-picked from #WizardsTwitter.



“One thing I’ve learned is my life isn’t that hard. I’m 20 years old and in the NBA. I had a bad game and got another in 24 hours or less. You definitely gotta have amnesia and continue to move on. “
— Bradley Beal

After a solid stretch of shooting during the 3-game win streak, Bradley Beal completely diffused against the Pistons last night, missing all but two of his 14 shots including just 1-for-7 from downtown. His performance was a microcosm of how most of the night went for the Wizards shooting the ball after the 1st quarter. Beal’s deficient shooting got him pulled in the 3rd quarter and he didn’t return til midway thru the 4th only to go 0-for-4.


“When we’re not making shots, we gotta do a better job of playing defense.”
— John Wall

This time, not only did John Wall insinuate the importance of making shots, but he more so iterated the importance of playing defense when said shots aren’t falling. This was actually a point of emphasis from all the players after the game as well as Randy Wittman. True story, though — the Wizards got cold and shot just 43% after starting the game 11-for-16 in the 1st quarter, but then also allowed Josh Smith to score 20 points in the 2nd half and Rodney Stuckey to score 20 off the bench? Throw in 13 missed free throws, 52 points allowed in the paint and 19 turnovers and, well, you can keep that celebratory over .500 champagne corked.


“We’re trying to get over that hump. But we gotta continue to fight. Good thing about this league is it gives you 82 chances. We’ve been doing a good job and we got another chance to get to .500.”
— Martell Webster

Of course the topic that’s been clouding Wizards Nation including the squad itself is the daunted task of breaking .500. The Wizards have botched all three chances this season to achieve a winning record with the last two tries resulting in losing streaks.




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