Jacob Raim - WashintonWizards.com
A last second floater by Isaiah Thomas sunk the Wizards in heartbreak fashion, 96-94. The Wizards lost the season series to Sacramento, two games to zero, by a combined three points. Here are my thoughts on last night's game:
1. Okafor’s Hot Start
Emeka Okafor started the game absolutely on fire, opening up with 14 points and 4 rebounds in the first quarter, two shy of his career high in points in a quarter. Okafor controlled the boards all night, grabbing 15 for the game and limiting the Kings to just seven offensive boards. He also was dominant on the other end, with the Wizards going to him early and often. He ended up with 23 points on 9/13 shooting. He was so dominant in the early going but the offense stopped moving through him as the game went on. Okafor ended with his sixth double-double in the last 11 games.
2. Seraphin in the Post
Seraphin took the ball at Chuck Hayes a bunch of times last night and went to the rack, rather than settling for jump shots and baby hooks. This resulted in Seraphin showing off some of his really nice post moves and gave him a couple of big time dunks. It also opened himself up for some easy hooks later in the game as Hayes gave him some space, respecting the fact that he'd been beat earlier. Seraphin finished with 12 points on 5/9 shooting and added seven rebounds.
3. Wall's Speed
It may be expected but it still deserves mention, John Wall's speed was on display in a big way last night, slicing through the Sacramento defense. He did a fantastic job disguising his drives leaving the defense with little clue as to whether he was going to attack the basket or kick out to the open man. He had a couple of really acrobatic layups and passes like usual. Check out one such play here. Wall ended with 19 points on 9/16 shooting and six assists against only two turnovers.
4. Webster's 4 Point Plays
Webster seems to be a magnet for four point plays. He now leads the league with five. He is so long that he seems to get fouled on his follow through and therefore isn't letting it effect his shot, resulting in the four point plays.
5. Assist to Turnover Ratio
20 turnovers are too many and the fact that the Wizards were even in the ballgame with that many is impressive. The Kings only committed ten turnovers in the game as a contrast. The Wizards also had 20 assists resulting in a 1:1 assist to turnover ratio which is not going to cut it. As the game went on, the Wizards stopped moving the ball as much and let the offense grow stagnant. This resulted in things being forced which led to some selfishness and turnovers.
6. Isaiah Thomas
Not only did the diminutive point guard hit the game winner to sink the Wizards, he played a great all-around game. He was cutting through the Wizards defense all night and everybody that Wittman put on him had trouble staying in front of him. Thomas seemed to find every seam in the Wizards defense. He ended up with 22 points and seven assists and only turned the ball over once. It's interesting to note that this is the second game in a row the Wizards have played against a sub 5'10 point guard and both times that player burned them. Nate Robinson went off for 19 points on Saturday.