Remember last post season when Soulja Boy was making his way through hip hop radios everywhere and all the boys and girls were doing the Superman. I’m sure DeShawn Stevenson remembers it quite well, how could he not? The attitude coming from the Wizards guard with taunts of LeBron James is overrated stirred in the atmosphere as the series began. Well we all know how the story went and another year ended for Wizards basketball. So many questions coming into this season presented themselves as people were anxious to see if Gilbert Arenas could ever coexist with the new leaders Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison. Well no one really has to worry about that as Agent 0 went down and had to have yet another surgery on the injured knee. Can Arenas get back to form after missing 69 games last season and in my opinion only coming back to hurt the chemistry of the team in the playoffs? Only time will tell how the once known superstar comes back... keep faithful Wizards fans as the Heat are beginning to see the value of patience with Dwayne Wade. So let’s get into the Wizards basketball.
New Jersey Nets @ Washington Wizards
Not much was happening in the first week of NBA action for the Wizards as they only have played two games thus far both resulting in losses. The season opener began with Nets coming into Washington. Brendon Haywood was inactive as he is looking likely to miss the season after having surgery on his right wrist. The Nets looked like a team on a mission on the first of many games to be played in Washington. While there was some upside in the 95-85 loss, Six Wizards players scored in double figures but it was not enough to contain the surging Nets. The two studs on the team shot a combined 9-29 for a whopping 27 points, the team as a whole shot 37% and only 67% from the charity stripe. It seemed on a night where they had a chance to get the ugly taste of last years end the Wizards could do very little to get a consistent rhythm. Etan Thomas starting and playing in his first game since April 30, 2007 had a decent night scoring 10 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in pretty limited minutes in the starting role. The Wizards finished the game winning the rebound battle, but turned the ball over 15 times and hit only 5 of 19 three point shots.
Washington Wizards @ Detroit Pistons
"It was a big improvement from game one, and that's what we are looking for -- improvement," Jordan said. "I know we lost the game, but there were a lot of positive signs -- for us to score 109 points against a very good defensive team means we are making strides."
Now for me that sounds a bit like wishful thinking from Coach Jordan as once again his team was unable to contain a usually effective but not explosive Pistons offense. Compared to game one I guess you can say this was definitely a vast improvement. The offense seemed to be able to get a little more things accomplished and Butler and Jamison both put up 20+ points each. Instead of getting into the game in detail I want to point out a young talent whom I think can definitely help this Wizards team... Nick Young, he stole the show from Stevenson putting up 23 points in 29 minutes including 11-11 from the free throw line. If Young continues to shine look for him to gain more minutes or even steal the starting role from Stevenson.
I think with the antics DeShawn Stevenson pulled last year and his continuance to not really improve puts allot of pressure on the rest of the team. When you think basketball and shooting guard you think scorer and while Stevenson can certainly decide to light it up on given nights he is certainly inconsistent and there is more negative to put up with than positive. Stevenson was called for a flagrant foul in game 2 and deservedly so after pulling down Arron Afflalo by the neck in the second quarter. Look for some changes and soon by Eddie Jordan with his teams’ state of mind and emotion. There is just too much talent on this young team to continue to have struggles a first year team would have.