Wizards Vs. Mavericks: Just Another Road Loss for Washington

The Washington Wizards fall short in Dallas, achieving consecutive road loss No. 24

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Wizards Vs. Mavericks: Another Road Loss Means 24 Straight for Wizards

It should come as no surprise that the Wizards fell to the Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday. After all, the 102-92 loss just means another failure in the parade of consecutive road losses for Washington that now stands 24 games long.

Before the game, Flip Saunders said his team could play well, and they still might lose. Anything less, he said, and they'd have no chance. Well, despite leading for much of the first half, the Wizards fell for the ninth time this season when they had a double-digit lead.

But Saunders wasn't completely right. The Wizards did not play particularly well, but neither did Dallas, resulting in a game that was surprisingly close down the stretch. Then Dallas finished the game on a 7-1 run to pull into the station with a comfortable win.

At this point it seems Washington will never win a game on the road. The Wizards had a would-be crucial stop given away by the referees, who failed to call the ball out of bounds as a Jason Kidd appeared to bounce onto the top of the backboard. But there was no whistle, the Mavericks corralled the rebound and Kidd stuck a three to dagger the Wizards. Of course.

The loss marred a nice night from John Wall, who finished with 17 points, 10 assists and four rebounds. But it's hard to expect the Wizards to win when chief scoring options Nick Young and Andray Blatche shoot a combined 10 for 37 (27 percent) from the field.


Washington Vs. Mavericks: Wizards Hanging in at the Half

Well, the Washington Wizards lost another lead on the road, but luckily this one was just to end of the first half. The Dallas Mavericks closed the half  on a 10-4 run and went into the break leading  the Wizards by a score of 50-49.

The Wizards didn't play flawless ball, but they took care of the basketball (one turnover) and enjoyed a lead for much of the half. Rashard Lewis (13 points, 2 of 4 3PT) and John Wall (10 points) have paced the offense. Yi has also played well as a small-ball center off the bench with eight points, six rebounds and three (!) steals.

After struggling against the Grizzlies on Saturday, Nick Young has not found his rhythm at the offensive end. Young has shot 2 for 9 from the field -- matching his final line from Saturday -- and has just five points. He did however have a spectacular block in which he made a no-look pass to a teammate to save the ball from going out of bounds (video to come, hopefully.)

On the other side, opposing big men are once again wounding the Wizards. Dirk Nowitzki has 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting and Tyson Chandler has 13 points and 10 rebounds already.

Aside, Brian Cardinal was a revelation in the opening minutes, hitting a pair of threes, and hit a three late in the second quarter. Cross your fingers for more Cardinal in the second half, guys. This could be a magical night for all of us if he gets going.


Wizards Vs. Mavericks: Washington Looks for Regular Season Road Win in Dallas

The Washington Wizards get another chance end their 23-game road losing streak, this time on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. As promised on my first day in this space, this exercise in futility will be the story line until Washington wins one away from home. Sorry ...

Hopefully, the Wizards got some rest on Sunday because they looked dead in the second half of a 107-93 loss to Memphis on Saturday night. If that game was about trying to carry over momentum from a double overtime battle in Oklahoma City, this matchup will test the Wizards ability to pick themselves off the floor.

The losses have been piling up for a while, but it seems now the frustration might be, too. Nick Young questioned the play-calling after scoring eight points on 2-of-9 shooting Saturday. He and coach Flip Saunders have since talked about that concern.

On the defensive end, the Wizards will have to do a better job against the Mavericks' frontline than they were able to do against the bigs from Memphis -- especially with Dirk Nowitzki back on track (19 points, 8 for 11 FG against the Hawks) following his rusty return from an ankle injury. Zach Randolph savaged the Wizards for 24 points and 20 rebounds en route to winning player of the week honors in the Western Conference.

The good news: Wizards play-by-play man Steve Buckhantz has a good feeling about this one. Following Saturday's loss he ended the broadcast by saying, "I'm not worried about Dallas." This is because Dallas -- as Michael Lee pointed out -- is the scene of the Wizards last win on the road, a 97-94 win delivered by Lester Hudson's game-winner.

Can history repeat itself in the regular season?

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