Wizards Drop Four Straight in Long Week

A shorthanded roster was the main culprit in a rough week for the Washington Wizards. Swingmen regulars Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza missed time this week, adding further depletion to a wing rotation already missing rookie guard Bradley Beal. Star guard John Wall tried to shoulder the scoring load but the burden was a bit too much for the third-year guard's slender frame. The AFRO recaps the week that wasn't for the Washington Wizards

April 7– Wizards  96, Boston Celtics, 107– Wall led the team with a double-double, dishing out 16 points and 10 assists but the return of forward Paul Pierce and forward/center Kevin Garnett from injuries, plus a second-half Celtic surge was too much for the traveling Wizards to overcome. Ariza and Webster combined for 26 points and five three-pointers but it was the last game the two would play together for the week. Five players scored in double figures for Boston, who used a 31-19 third quarter run to break the game open. Power forward Brandon Bass led the team with 20 points.

April 9–Wizards 99, New York Knicks, 120– It was raining three pointers inside Madison Square Garden as both teams combined for 28 made three pointers, 20 of which came from the Knicks. New York opened the game with a 33-20 first quarter and forward Carmelo Anthony (36 points) took over in the second and third quarters as New York ran circles around the weary Wizards.

Ariza, the team's best defender, missed the game with knee and ankle soreness allowing Anthony to put on a star performance. Wall led the visitors with 33 points and put on quite a show in the Big Apple, dunking over Anthony in one sequence. Six players scored in double figures for the Knicks and four players made at least three three-pointers on the night.

April 10—Wizard  98, Miami Heat, 103– Despite missing its Big Three, the Miami Heat still had home court advantage throughout the postseason on the line coming into their visit at the Verizon Center and the remnants of the defending champions stepped up in a huge way. Five players scored in double figures for Miami, who were led by reserve guard Ray Allen's 23 points. Forward Shane Battier nailed five three-pointers as the team connected on 17-of-41 from deep, providing the Wizards with a eerie reminder of what happened to them the previous night. Wall flirted with a triple-double, scoring 17 points while adding nine rebounds and 11 assists. The guard also had two blocks and two steals but his team was out-rebounded 47 to 34. Webster left in the third quarter with an abdominal strain and never returned.

April 12–Wizards 86, Philadelphia 76ers 97– In their last home game of the season, Washington couldn't fulfill on the team's promise to finish as the ninth-best team in the Eastern Conference. Wall scored 24 points and handed out seven assists but Washington scored just 34 points over the second and third quarters after erupting for 31 in the first. The drought allowed the visiting Sixers to build a nine-point lead heading into the final period which they never relinquished. Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday matched Wall's efforts with 22 points and seven assists. Both Webster and Ariza missed the game with injuries as the team scored its lowest point total in five games.

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Wizards Drop Four Straight in Long Week


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