Road Trip: One Down, Three to Go
Given the 9 p.m. tipoff and the fact the Wizards fell behind by 10 in the first quarter and never really made a run, if you watched last night, you get the Wizards Insider Die-Hard Fan Award.
Given that you could've been following George Mason's thrilling finish at Penn State, or LeBron James' 43-point, 12-rebound, eight-assist game against the Magic, if you still went the distance with the Wiz, you get our medal of honor.
I don't know that there was a whole lot to take from this, as Caron Butler's hamstring kept him out for the second straight game and the Wizards did what they were expected to do, and frankly, what a lot of fans want them to do. Wednesday night against the 16-50 Clippers, another loss for the 16-52 Wiz might not be so automatic.
The Wizards go to Denver Friday and Phoenix Saturday before coming home, so 1-3 is a realistic expectation for the trip. That would put them at 17 wins and needing to get two from Charlotte, at Indiana, at Memphis and a home-and-home with Toronto to avoid the franchise mark for futility. Three would put them at 20 wins, which at least makes this not the worst Wizards team of the decade.
The blowout opened up 18 minutes of court time for forward-center Oleksiy Pecherov, who'd played in just five of the Wizards' previous 15 games. Pecherov's 13 points were his most since a Feb. 4 loss to New Jersey, and the minutes were the most since he played 22 in a Feb. 6 loss to Denver.
Probably doesn't mean much, but Pech minutes are always fun, aren't they?
If you missed Ivan's chat on Tuesday, the transcript is archived here.
The third of Ivan's Wizards' report cards (Juan Dixon and Darius Songaila were up earlier) is up, covering Etan Thomas.
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