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Trying to go back-to-back in Washington


  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (8-21) at Washington Wizards (3-21)
  • Date: December 22, 2012
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

Jamal Crawford is one of my favorite current basketball players in the NBA. His crossovers and behind the back moves are wildly entertaining, especially when he follows one of them with a sweet hop step and underhanded layup. The crossover prince — Iverson will probably always be the king — has a bag of goodies he brings to the court, which help mask one of his biggest deficiencies: he takes some horrible shots at times.

The Michigan product has been known to take a few low percentage shots per game, but all is forgiven when they go in.

What does this have to do with the Wizards?

Imagine having two players with the same mentality, but without the same skill earning big minutes on the same team; in a nutshell those are the Washington Wizards.

Jordan Crawford and Martell Webster have the uncanny ability to take some of incredibly difficult shots regardless of the amount of defenders around them. In this case, one has to call it an ability, because consistently taking low percentage shots while consistently misfiring on them can’t be characterized in any other way, unless you would prefer the term “playground basketball”.

Jordan Crawford is converting 39.9 percent of his shots this season while Martell Webster is looking down on him by virtue of his 41.6 percent conversion rate from the field.

Oh but things get worse.

In addition to having two players that are more than unhappy to put the ball up at any chance they get, the Wizards have a roster full of players that find ways to regularly attempt to do things they cannot on offense. Whether it’s the big man firing a bullet pass to a cutting player that was open for a split second, or a perimeter player taking a jump shot after getting trapped hard in the pick-and-roll, Washington has built so many poor habits that it’s tough to consistently expect some solid offensive possessions.

The irony of it all of course is that they look much better on offense this season when compared to the days they had JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and Nick Young on the team. That’s actually a compliment.

The Washington Wizards own the worst offensive efficiency in the NBA at 92.4 and there’s really no secret why.

The players have developed some awful tendencies in recent seasons and despite the changes made on the roster, the habits have remained.

Obviously, the absence of John Wall — sidelined with injury — doesn’t help, but he was also part of the team last season when this passed for typical Wizards execution.

As the contest unfolds tonight, pay attention to the Pistons’ offense in contrast to the their opponents and draw your own conclusions. Washington will probably be better at home and thus last night’s blowout may very well be a thing of the past, but the Wizards playground offense has no business being part of the NBA.

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Truth About It.


  • Dec 22, 20125:49 pm
    by Day and Knight


    Franks Hotdog’s>>>>>>coach Frank

    Just sayin, I think one of the following above would be better than the other and it’s not even close… 

  • Dec 22, 20127:40 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli


    Maxiell and Lawrence Frank is a bad combo for this team. Maxiell is taking shots like he’s the top scorer of the game. Lawrence loves him. Can’t wait till next year when good samaritan Max is out of this team. 

  • Dec 22, 20128:05 pm
    by gmehl


    Did someone hypnotize Daye into thinking this was a pre-season game. If he keeps this form up then we might actually get something for him.

    • Dec 23, 201210:02 am
      by I HATE FRANK


      i said it before he is a shooter…and he is a good one… the problem is all shooter have rust when they dint play often or if they are not able to get into a rhythm…

      Daye would be more valuable to us long term than trading him for a 2nd rd pick that will likely be protected, if we ever gave him a real opportunity  

  • Dec 22, 20128:34 pm
    by gmehl


    If Prince is gone for an extended amount of time then the SF spot just opened up for Singler, Jerebko and Daye. Who wants it more??

    • Dec 22, 201210:10 pm
      by Tyrone


      I agree, what is going to happen next if Tay is gone for a while.  Is coach Frank going to activate Maggattee to start at the SF?  Who is going to step up?  Who wants that starting SF the most?  Singler, Jerebko, or Daye?

      • Dec 23, 20121:56 am
        by Scott Free


        I think Tay’s replacement is obvious, Singler.  Hes already starting out of position and is most capable of handling the spot.  

        That said, Ive flopped back towards thinking Prince should stay with the Pistons.  Hes playing better ball than last year, has taken a reduced role, and is more efficient with his play.  I just think trading him at this point would be a little like the Lakers releasing Fisher for cap space.    

        • Dec 23, 20126:54 am
          by gmehl


          Ok so if Singler starts at SF then who starts at SG?? Its got to be between Stuckey and English. The problem you have with those 2 is that Stuckey requested to be on the 2nd unit and it wouldn’t be fair to thrust English into a starting role when he hasn’t even logged serious minutes for us since the pre season. And no Daye or Maggette at SG is not an option. Maybe Jerebko will start at SF and Singler will stay at SG. Even though none are at allstar level at least having an injury at SF is the position we have covered the most.

          • Dec 24, 201210:38 am
            by apa8ren9

            You say Daye or Maggette shouldnt be an option, but remember this is Frank we are talking about.  He will be convinced that Daye will be the one and will give him a shot. Washington made him look like an actually NBA player for 10 minutes so that’s all you need if your name is not Drummond to get extended minutes!

  • Dec 23, 20122:08 am
    by Delray313


    This is why i like daye and cv if they play like this 85% to 90% of the time they both give this team much needed outside scoring. they need minutes at least too see if they can get it going on the offensive end. good game for those guys.

  • Dec 23, 20128:08 am


    A win is a win I know, but I just feel like any win against thr winner should have an asterisk next to it

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