The Washington Wizards defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 104-87 Saturday night. Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and went 5-8 from three. Martell Webster had 20 points and Nene had 19 points to send the Wizards to their 20th win of the season. The Bobcats have now lost ten consecutive games with nine of those losses by double digits.
Kemba Walker had 29 points and Gerald Henderson had 17 to lead an offensively weak Bobcats starting lineup. The Bobcats were outrebounded and shot just above %40 from the field. Ben Gordon led the Bobcats bench with 13 points.
Going into the game, this seemed like one of the best chances for the Bobcats to get their 14th victory. In the second quarter, the Wizards put an end to those thoughts with a 32-18 quarter. The Bobcats at some points cut into the lead and looked like they were going onto a run to make it competitive, but the Wizards quickly put them back down.
Tonight’s win was the first of the season against Charlotte for the Wizards. The Bobcats took two games earlier this season. John Wall played in neither of those games though. Wall had 13 points and six assists in 30 minutes tonight.
Again as I watched tonight’s game, I thoroughly searched for things that the Bobcats were getting better at, or something that fans can take into the offseason as encouragement. As I saw Jeffrey Taylor do an isolation from the elbow, dribble past the free throw line to shoot a fade away that got nothing but air, nothing came to mind.
Not enough ranting and raving can do justice to describing the lack of order or accountability that’s on this team right now. There just isn’t structure, and that’s the biggest thing that comes with being a coach. Putting a system in place that the coach and players believe in. Right now I don’t know if anyone believes in anything going on out there. Each press conference Coach Dunlap and the players all talk about different things that need to be fixed, and nothing happens. It’s just talk, and when you watch the Bobcats on the floor, the actions speak volumes.
In comparison, the Wizards are a team that’s been bad this season, but even when they were bad there was effort and more importantly the team was defending. The Wizards surprisingly are one of the top defensive teams in the league by statistical measures, and doing it without an anchor. It’s very impressive, and if they didn’t have injuries to their top players this season, they could be fighting for a playoff spot.
With 19 games left, the Bobcats season just seems to be taking its time winding down to its end. They hit rock botttom a while ago, so nothing’s really a surprise these days. But long-term, it’s troublesome when they can’t even stay competitive in games that on paper they should have a decent chance of winning.