In a season rife with unremarkable games and on occasion abject failure, the Washington Wizards found a way to mine the depths of futility even further on Tuesday in a 95-76 loss to Milwaukee at Verizon Center. The empirical evidence to confirm just how unwatchable Washington's ninth loss in 10 games actually was included the Wizards' tying a season low for points and shooting 38 percent from the field, and the starting back court missing 21 of 30 shots. The Wizards (16-47) also shot just 53 percent from the foul line, more than 20 points below their norm, and missed 10 of 12 from three-point range. Then consider that the Bucks (24-38) came in 15 games below .500 and among the least competent teams in the league offensively, and the failures from a sixth loss at home in seven tries become that much more excruciating. So disengaged was the announced 16,190 that the most excitement in the building erupted when Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" began piping through the speaker system, not for any activity on the court. "I think nobody, including myself, played good at all," said rookie point guard John Wall, who missed 13 of 17 shots to finish with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists with five turnovers. "We just let them beat us on the fast breaks. They basically got whatever shot they wanted whenever they wanted." Injuries certainly contributed to the outcome. Already without forwards Rashard Lewis (knee tendinitis) and Josh Howard (sore hamstring) and swingman Cartier Martin (patella tendinitis), the Wizards lost starting power forward Andray Blatche with 8 minutes 46 seconds to play in the first quarter with a sprained right shoulder. After Milwaukee's Luc Mbah a Moute and Brandon Jennings closed in and trapped him, Blatche tried to gather a loose ball when he landed hard on his right side and remained down until Washington called timeout. Blatche walked to the locker room shortly thereafter, and Coach Flip Saunders said the Wizards' second leading scorer would have an MRI exam Wednesday morning. The injury expedited Saunders turning to an all-rookie lineup. With Wall, Jordan Crawford, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin in the game, Hamady N'diaye joined that group with 36.6 seconds left in the first quarter, marking the first time a team had used five rookies at the same time since Houston did so on March 1 of last year.
Andray Blatche injures shoulder as Washington has woeful performance, 95-76
Washington Post | Mar 9