MMPG: Team of the Weak
The Washington Wizards have had several bad weeks this season, but this campaign of futility reached another low last week. Not only did the Wizards lose four games by double-digits against Utah, the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver and Phoenix but they also lost another player, when reserve guard Juan Dixon suffered a strained right Achilles tendon in Los Angeles. They returned to Washington early Sunday with just nine healthy players.
The Wizards knew that they were going to have a rough four-game trip out West with Caron Butler sidelined with a hamstring injury prior to their flight to Utah. But the games proved to be serious eyesores, with the Jazz sleepwalking through a 15-point win on Tuesday, and the lowly Clippers erupting for 15 three-pointers -- including seven in a game-changing third-quarter run -- in another 15-point loss. They allowed Nuggets guard J.R. Smith to score a season-high 40 points in a 116-105 loss to Denver on Friday. And they ended the trip the next night by allowing Jason Richardson to score a season-high 35 points in a 32-point shellacking against the Suns.
Four losses by a combined 73 points. Ugh. How bad was it? Phoenix center Shaquille O'Neal was so concerned when the Wizards closed within 57-53 at halftime that he was posting, "Shhhhhhh," on his Twitter feed in the locker room. The lone bright spot for the local five? Seldom-used forward Oleksiy "I Get Buckets (And Only Buckets), Son" Pecherov finally recorded his first assist of the season with 3 minutes, 57 seconds left against Denver. Pech had another in Phoenix, giving him two on the season and raising his assists-to-minutes played ratio to 1:108.5.
At least Gilbert Arenas is coming back, right?
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Posted by: CBell29 | March 23, 2009 2:27 PM
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