The Wizards, as Ed Tapscott said, put up a good fight tonight and had some solid contributions from their younger players. But Orlando definitely had way too much. Like Ed Tapscott said, it was pick-your-poison. They kept Dwight Howard from devouring them in the paint (18 points, 13 rebounds) but he kicked the ball out to his teammates for seven assists, and Orlando rained down 12 3-pointers on the Wizards.
JaVale McGee did a good job on Howard in the fourth quarter, limiting him to just five points and two rebounds, and Nick Young scored nine points and had three assists and two rebounds in the fourth for another bright spot for the Wizards.
In addition to Caron Butler’s hamstring injury, which hopefully for the Wizards doesn’t turn into a more serious injury, Washington also lost Andray Blatche to a turned right ankle in the fourth quarter. And after the game, Javaris Crittenton was limping badly with an injured right hamstring. He hurt it on a questionable traveling call with 58.8 seconds left in the game. As he was blowing past Rashard Lewis, the Orlando power forward gave him a strong knee to the thigh and Crittenton’s feet went out from under him, but traveling was called. J-Critt was receiving treatment in the locker room after the game and said he although he couldn’t bend it at the time, he was hopeful that he’d play Sunday.