Remember the old saying "it's never over till it's over"? Well the Wizards better start remembering the phrase if the season continues to play out the way it has. Now don't get me wrong I know it’s a very long season, but how long can you wait before the panic button begins to appear larger? On a night that looked like the young team could be picking up their first win, all things that could go wrong most seemingly did.
- The Good
The Wizards were able to penetrate and get to the line, a matter of fact they got there 51 times in the game. They had active hands in the game pulling away 12 steals and forcing a total of 19 turnovers. The team looked pretty sharp through 3 quarters looking like they may have some momentum to continue into the fourth quarter and close out the game.
- The Bad
While Washington was able to force 19 turnovers they also managed to give up 20 themselves. Any coach will always tell you in order to win the game you have to control the turnovers, well it’s a shame nobody told the Wizards this as those turnovers led to a whopping 33 fast break points. The ball needs to move in order to be successful in basketball and the offense seemed to be moving towards more one on one play. The Wizards had a total of 19 assists as a team compared to the Bucks 37.
- The VERY Ugly
The Wizards led the Bucks by 14 points with 9:58 to play in the fourth, which normally any good team could suffice with and hold off any run the opponent may potentially have. On a night when the opposition was missing their primary star Michael Redd (ankle injury) all systems should have been a go. However the Bucks had other thoughts, Richard Jefferson seemed to look full of energy that has not been shown for quite some time. R. Jeezy (His new nickname I just decided) dropped 32 points and still got his team involved posting 9 assists. The game stayed fairly close till the closing moments of the fourth quarter when the Wizards looked sure to get out of Milwaukee with a W. Free throws, free throws win ball games (you’re told this at the pee wee level). Shooting 66% from the free throw line, especially when most of those misses come when you’re trying to "ice" a game will definitely turn the results around. Maybe B-rock should pay a visit to Caron Butler and Antwan Jamison this week and give them a motivational speech and teach them a thing or two about pulling off the win and making some history. To make matters worse the guy who misses the game winning shot comes back and revives the Bucks to win in OT. The young rookie Luc Mbah a Moute (Say that three times fast) ha a good look as time expired to win the game, yet he clanked it off the iron. Into overtime they went, a bran new ball game, a chance for making up a blown game. In a night where Butler and Jamison played good games they could have stole one back on the road. They didn't however, instead the first year player Moute stole the show. First the kid creates the double and makes a tremendous bounce pass to Andrew Bogut to get the first Bucks lea since the first half. Then came the overtime period and a fast break dunk from R.J. with 1:49 in overtime began the momentum shift. Following a DeShawn Stevenson foul, the rook took one to the paint and scored an easy layup and continued to follow it with great defense on the other end forcing a missed shot by Jamison and took it down the court and drained a 12 foot J with only 37 ticks remaining. That would seemingly put this game away giving the Bucks a 108-102 lead.
The Wizards need to get something turned around an I may not be the only one thinking it, After the game Coach Eddie Jordan said this ""I'm trying to be loyal to NBA vets and the continuity theme, [but] I'm growing very impatient with it". I guess the future is definitely undecided and only time will tell how this team rebounds its confidence.