The Washington Wizards have been unable to take advantage of the suddenly sliding Atlanta Hawks since the start of the second half of the season. The reason being that Washington is in the midst of their own slide, currently on a three game skid. The latest loss coming yesterday in Detroit against a physical Piston team that imposed their will in the second half.
The Wizards started slow before getting going in the second quarter, Marcin Gortat and Kris Humphries had a stellar first half. Going a combined 13 of 13 for 26 points to give Washington a first half lead.
This was Reggie Jackson’s first game since being traded to the Pistons, he had a first half easily worth forgetting. His team kept hanging around long enough for him to settle down and get going. Jackson would finish the game with 17 points. He wasn’t the only point guard that struggled in this game, All-Star John Wall had 10 points on five of 17 shooting. Wall did set up teammates as he had 12 assists.
The game was won in the paint, Detroit imposed their will in the third quarter. While Gortat had a great first half, it was all about Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond the rest of the way. Drummond had a huge block on Gortat, denying a dunk attempt from Marcin. The Monroe-Drummond pairing out-rebounded Gortat and Nene 31-15, both of the Pistons bigs finished with 15 rebounds (Drummond with 16).
The Wizards won’t have it easy as one of the best teams in the league is coming to town on Tuesday, the Golden State Warriors. Washington hasn’t looked right since a few games before the All-Star break. They relied on their defense early in the year to get a great number of those wins. They have to find a way to get back to being on one accord on that side of the ball, that’s far more important than the offensive struggles.
It’s imperative that the Wizards figure this out, if they keep accumulating losses they will look up and see four teams in front of them.
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