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It's just one game, but the Wizards' six-point loss to the New Jersey Nets felt far worse than that.
The Washington Wizards blew a big lead on Monday night's opener against the New Jersey Nets and captain Andray Blatche expressed his frustration after the game, both in the locker room and on twitter. Blatche, who gave the team's "thank you" address to the fans before the game, was apparently displeased with where he was getting the ball on the offensive end.
I may have had a bad game but that's cause I need the ball in the post not taking jump shots all game
Blatche was five of 13 from the floor, scoring 11 points. He managed to get to the free throw line only twice in the six point loss to New Jersey. He was also issued a technical foul in the first half when he briefly mixed it up with Kris Humphries. But as the captain, it didn't take long - one game - for Blatche to create some off-court drama by announcing his frustrations in public.
Frontcourt mate JaVale McGee went for the much more subtle and innocuous tweet to express his frustrations:
In their season opener at the Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards blew a 23 point first half lead to fall to the New Jersey Nets 90-84. New Jersey mounted their comeback mid way through the second quarter, led by Deron Williams who finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.
John Wall struggled against Williams on both ends of the floor. He finished just three of 13 on the night while committing four turnovers. It was a rough night for Wall, especially down the stretch as Williams and the Nets took the lead and control of the game.
Ronny Turiaf provided a nice spark off the bench and while he will never fill it up on the offensive end, he could be a key energy guy for the Wiz this season - as many expected. He was +12 against New Jersey as he disrupted the Nets in the paint and was not afraid to step in an take a charge on several occasions. Turiaf was on the floor in place of Javale McGee at the end of the game. McGee finished -13 against Jersey and was just one of six from the charity stripe.
There was a bit of good news in the fourth quarter for Washington, as Nick Young, who was carried off the floor with an apparent ankle injury, returned to the game and appeared to be healthy. Young led the Wizards with 16 points, coming off the bench for Flip Saunders.
It was definitely a squandered opportunity for Washington, as they wasted some hot shooting early on and blew a big first half lead against a team that is not expected to be very good. They now take the show on the road to face the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
After enjoying a 21 point lead in the first half of their season opener against the New Jersey Nets, the Washington Wizards have a one point lead after three quarters of play at Verizon Center. The Wizards gave up 29 points to the Nets in the third as New Jersey fought their way back into it after a brutal first half of shooting.
All Star Deron Williams brought the Nets back, and leads them with 18 points. Kris Humphries, the most hated and booed man in the NBA, has a double-double after the first 36 minutes. Humphries has been incredibly effective in the paint against Washington's front line, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
The Wizards finished the third quarter with four of five starters in double figures, but they will need to buckle down on the defensive end to win the opener.
Washington Wizards guard Nick Young injured his left foot at the end of the third quarter during the Wiz's season opener against the New Jersey Nets at Verizon Center. It initially appeared to be an ankle sprain, as forward and captain Andray Blatche rolled over Young's left foot. Young was down on the floor in significant pain before he was carried off to the locker room.
After coming in late to camp while testing the free agency market, Young was relegated to coming off the bench for Flip Saunders in the opener. Despite the bench role, he still led the team in scoring in the first half with 12 points on four of five from the floor. We will have more on his injury as details emerge.
The Washington Wizards took a 45-37 lead over the New Jersey Nets into the locker room at halftime of their home opener at Verizon Center. Coming off the bench for the Wiz, guard Nick Young quickly found his rhythm on the offensive end. He hit four of five attempts from the floor and led Washington with 12 points.
Captain Andray Blatche, fresh off his thank you address to the fans before the game, finished the first half with eight points and six boards but was t'ed up in the second quarter while mixing it up with Kris Humphries.
The Nets improved their shooting ever so slightly in the second to cut the lead from 13 to seven at the half. New Jersey is still just one of 12 from behind the arc and has consistently missed open looks in the first 24 minutes. Deron Williams led the Nets with eight points.
Washington, shooting 50% from the floor, will look to hang on in the second half to notch a season opening win.
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After the first quarter of the season opener at Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards lead the New Jersey Nets 26-13. It took the Nets more than three minutes to get on the board, as the Wizards raced out to an 8-0 lead before doubling up the Nets at the end of the first.
With Nick Young coming off the bench, the backcourt duo of John Wall and Jordan Crawford led the team with six points each. Center Javale McGee also had an impressive first quarter, challenging Jersey in the paint on the defensive end and finishing with four points on the offensive end.
The Nets finished just three of 18 from the floor and were abysmal on the offensive end. With the second teamers now seeing action, Washington will look to capitalize on their first quarter double-digit lead.
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The Washington Wizards get back to the hardwood tonight, opening their 2011-2012 season at home against the New Jersey Nets. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. Eastern at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, DC. Fans not planning to make out to the game can watch from the comfort of their own homes, sports bars, friends houses, etc. as the game will be broadcast locally on Comcast Sports Network. Fans out of the area can see it on NBA League Pass.
Washington is looking to erase an 0-2 preseason and get on the right side of .500 for the first time since the 2007-2008 season. For that, the franchise will lean heavily on point guard John Wall, the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Wall enters the current season a little wiser and ready to lead. Last year, the losing took a toll, forcing Wall to call out his teammates in public. Tom Ziller at SB Nation picked Washington to finished fourth in the Southeast. Can Wall lead his team beyond that?
The Washington Wizards will open their 2011-12 season against the New Jersey Nets on Monday night, but they will likely do so without one of their shiny new toys. Jan Vesely, the No. 6 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, will not play in the game due to a hip injury, coach Flip Saunders said before the game, via Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner.
Vesely suffered the hip injury some time between the Wizards' first and second preseason games. He played in the Wizards' game on December 16, but sat out the team's open scrimmage the next day and also missed Washington's preseason game in Philadelphia on December 20.
The Washington Wizards will open up their 2011-12 NBA season at home against the New Jersey Nets.