Game 41 at WAS: Donating to the poor
Congratulations to the Washington Bullets-Wizards for their first home victory against a winning team. (SMH and checking schedule to assess the chances of the Bullets-Wizards getting their first road win of the season against the Jazz. They don’t come to Salt Lake City until March 28, but hey, you never know.)
Let’s go straight to the First Quarter Checkbox.
** Jerry, post-game: We come out and everybody tries to get themselves going by taking jump shots rather than to use the offense, and that’s kind of the kiss of death.
The Jazz had taken 14 3PAs by halftime, and John Wall had as many assists as the Jazz did. The Jazz tied the game and even got the lead in the opening seconds of the second half, but the Wizards started the third with a 15-3 run.
** Deron, post-game: We don’t run hard, we don’t run through, we don’t execute, we don’t screen, we don’t know the plays…
The Jazz’s first six shots in the 4th quarter were all three pointers; only the sixth one went in. Midway through the 4th, Big Al goes up for a dunk and falls hard to the floor, writhing. It was painful just watching that, so I can only imagine how Al’s ass (or his “buttocks,” as he calls them) felt.
** Al, post-game on his dunk: My legs came from under me; that’s why I don’t like dunking. (So it’s not just my imagination that he doesn’t like to dunk.)
Al was back on the floor following the timeout, and played his best minutes of the game in the time there was left. Unfortunately, the damage [that the Jazz had done to themselves] had been done. This was the most disjointed, out of sync, and unfamiliar with basketball the Jazz have looked all season. Coincidentally or not, we didn’t see much of the second unit on the floor at the same time. Most of AK’s minutes came at the 3 even though Sap was struggling big time, and Jeremy Evans (who was active because Gordon Hayward was coughing up blood earlier in the day), posted a 2 trillion.
** Raja, wisdom: Sometimes you come out on the road…you’re going to miss a couple of shots early, but you have to stick with it. You have to continue to try to execute and trust that it’s going to get you back in the ballgame. That’s been kind of a characteristic of ours: When we get down, we don’t play the right way after that. We all feel like it’s something that we need to do individually, and something that can be done with one home run, and it’s really not. It’s something that has to be done as a unit, and something that has to be done over the length of the rest of the game. (all quotes via KFAN audio)
Well, at least there was this: