Yes, we’ve seen this story played out again, and again, and again, and not a whole lot to say about this game.
The lone bright spots of this loss were Javaris Crittenton and Dominic McGuire. Javaris is steadily developing into the point guard the Wizards need him to be. And what distinguishes him from his other young teammates is, he seems to learn from his mistakes. He said after Wednesday’s game, in which he played only seven minutes, his coaches talked to him about not even looking to score but focusing on running the offense and setting up his teammates. So before this game, J-Critt wrote himself a note on his Sidekick “Try to play like Jason Kidd.” He said he’s been reviewing film of how Kidd plays the game and how he creates for his teammates, and tonight, Crittenton definitely was a creator: Driving to the lane, splitting the double-team and then dumping off to a teammate. He finished with a career-high seven assists in addition to 14 points, the majority of them coming off of putbacks.
With Mike James slumping, Crittenton is going to be eating into his minutes, but for now Tapscott said the team is in a seven-game segment and he doesn’t like making changes while in a segment. He also said he likes having Crittenton coming off the bench for a spark and spat out the old cliche “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Only problem is, the Wizards are getting off to slow starts and it’s the starters that are failing to move the ball. So, eventually if James can’t get it going and if the starters’ ball movement can’t improve, don’t be surprised if Crittenton takes over that starting spot.