Wizards Vs. Kings: Sacramento Blows Out Washington 116-91

The Washington Wizards ended their road trip in embarrassing fashion, getting blown out 116-91 by the lowly Sacramento Kings without John Wall and Andray Blatche in the lineup.

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Wizards Vs. Kings: Washington Loses In Embarrassing Fashion, 116-91

The Washington Wizards just squandered their best chance to pick up their first road win of the season, and they did so in embarrassing fashion. The Sacramento Kings used a late first half run to open up a double-digit lead, and they never looked back in routing the Wizards 116-91.

The Wizards are now 0-12 on the road and have erased any positive momentum they may have received from a competitive performance against the Lakers on Tuesday night. Normally, a team wants to have a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, but the Wizards nearly flipped the script tonight with 22 turnovers and just 11 assists. That's a staggering stat that really tells the whole story. Well, except for the part about allowing yet another team to shoot well over 50 percent. 

Al Thornton, Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich had 20, 19 and 18 points, respectively, and nobody else did much of anything. Meanwhile, Beno Udrih and Jason Thompson led a list of six Kings in double figures, none of whom include Tyreke Evans. 

John Wall did not play due to a foot injury, something he suffered just before tip off. Andray Blatche also did not play with a hip injury. Nevertheless, their presence wouldn't have changed this 


Wizards Vs. Kings: Sloppy Play Leads To 59-45 Halftime Deficit

The Washington Wizards received a jolt of bad news when John Wall was ruled out of the game with a left foot sprain. Based on their first-half performance, that news was the worst thing that could have happened to them. They trail the hapless Kings 59-45 at halftime after a lull late in the second quarter.

The Wizards already have 15 turnovers, and we've just played 14 minutes. Without Wall, Gilbert Arenas has been a major liability. Arenas is just 2-9 from the field and already has four turnovers. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Beno Udrih (who admittedly hasn't been guarded by Arenas the whole game) has 19 points on just eight shots. Arenas has shown his frustration too, screaming at Trevor Booker at one point after a shot-clock violation.

Only Kirk Hinrich and Al Thornton, with 12 and 10 points respectively, have come to play. Udrih has been the star for the Kings, but they also got 12 points from Jason Thompson, who has been dominating the interior. Omri Casspi gave the Kings some good production at the end of the half as well.

Wall's absence helps explain some of this, but the Wizards need to give a token effort, and once again, they have failed to do so on the road.


Wizards Vs. Kings: John Wall Questionable To Return With Left Foot Sprain

Washington Wizards fans were dealt a bit of surprising news as they tuned into their television broadcast against the Sacramento Kings. John Wall was listed as a starter, but was pulled at the last minute with a left foot sprain and is questionable to return, according to the CSN broadcast.

At first, the broadcasters said Wall merely had to be re-taped, but then, they revealed that the injury may be more serious. The Wizards were trying to figure out a way to tape over a foot sprain, and it appears to be the same left foot sprain that has bothered him at times this season. Wall seemed visibly upset when trainer Eric Waters mentioned something to him. 

Kirk Hinrich moved into the starting lineup in Wall's absence. The Wizards are also missing Andray Blatche, who has a hip injury. Without Blatche in the lineup, coach Flip Saunders elected to start both Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin, sending JaVale McGee to the bench.


Wizards Vs. Kings: John Wall Reuintes With DeMarcus Cousins As Washington Searches For First Road Win

The Washington Wizards are still winless on the road after dropping a 115-108 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers last night. Tonight, however, the Wizards have their best shot of snapping that streak, as they take on the lowly Sacramento Kings at 10 p.m.

The Kings are just 4-15 on the season and have lost eight in a row and 14 of their last 15. They have a lot of talent, but the pieces are not fitting together. Star second-year guard Tyreke Evans is struggling, and to make matters worse, he's playing through plantar fasciitis on his foot. Rookie DeMarcus Cousins has been demonstrative off the court, and the rest of the rotation is very unsettled. Coach Paul Westphal keeps tinkering with the starting lineup, but that hasn't inspired his team to give a good effort.

This game marks the reunion of John Wall with Cousins, his college teammate. The two of them were joking around before the game, per Michael Lee of the Washington Post. t remains unclear whether Andray Blatche will play after he missed last night's game with a hip injury. In his absence, young big men Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin stepped up and provided the Wizards with some good minutes.

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