Wizards Take A Bad Turn Against Detroit
After securing a big win against the Spurs Tuesday’s night, the Wizards were headed in the right direction for the up and coming playoff season. With the close return of star player, John Wall, Thursday night was a game that the Wizards had to take possession of in order to recover from the unpleasant season.
Instead, Washington faced two defeats in one night. One of them being the potential injury of Otto Porter Jr and the other a 11 point lost to Detroit.
Only four minutes into the third quarter, the glimpse of Porter going down clinching his ankle was a scary sight. Getting caught in between Stanley Johnson’s spin move, Porter fell forward as Johnson accidentally stepped on Porter’s right foot.
“I kind of took it twice,” Porter stated. “But I’ll be fine.”
With the X-ray results coming back negative for anything severe, the forward will talk to the trainers on Friday to see if an MRI exam would be needed. Wall’s injury left Washington venerable, forcing the team to adjust. With the idea of Porter potentially being out as well, Washington could be headed into trouble.
“We don’t know how serious it is, but we think it is a mild sprain, which is a great sign,” Coach Scott Brooks said. “We’ll see how he is in a couple days, and then a couple more days, and we’ll make our decision.”
19 January 2014 13:38 by Keith Allison
Porter’s absence of the game left Washington struggling in their defense. After consistently missing shots in the beginning of the night, Detroit continuously pushed the ball the second half of the game which Washington was unable to contain. In the third quarter alone, Washington allowed more than 10 points in the paint and left the perimeter isolated giving the Pistons opportunities to hit three-point shots.
Pistons' Andre Drummond dominated with 24 points and 23 rebounds by the end of the night. Drummond scored 13 points in the third quarter, helping the team finish the quarter with an 8-0 run.
“It was one of those nights for us. They were hitting theirs. We weren’t making ours.” Bradley Beal said according to the Washington Post. “They got a lot of stuff with Drummond in the paint, so they beat us. They beat us. I’m not going to sit here and say we live and die by the tree, but we got to make shots.”
Hoping to clinch a playoff spot with a win against Detroit, Washington has now lost four of five games. The Wizards continue to toy with the playoff season and with only seven games remaining, the consistency of the team continues to drastically change each night the team hits the floor.
“We know, and that’s the most disappointing part of this,” Beal stated reiterating the back to back losses that the team has faced late in the season. “We just have to put that behind us and win some more games."
The news of Wall possibly returning to the court Saturday against Hornets is keeping Washington’s fans and the team’s hopes alive. Wall continued to dominate the court offensively, before his injury took him out. Now that the team has adjusted without him, Wall has to find his tempo among the team’s new rhythm. If the correlation matches up, Washington might have a shot at a longer run during playoffs.
“I think we’re ready,”An optimistic Jodie Meeks said. “We get John back Saturday. We get him back and get everybody acclimated to getting his rhythm back, I think it will be helpful.”
17 December 2016 17:44 by Keith Allison