SAN ANTONIO — Well, folks, you thought it couldnt’ get any worse than what we saw Friday night in Oklahoma, right?
The Wizards came out and a night after scoring 108 points in a los, couldn’t buy a shot, had no offensive flow, no ball movement, no chemistry whatsoever. They got drilled in every category.
Wiz shot 33.3 percent from the field. Spurs shot 46.5.
Wiz were 4-for-19 from 3-point range. Spurs were 10-for-21 from the arc.
Wizhad 44 rebounds. Spurs had 59.
Wiz had 12 assists. Spurs had THIRTY-TWO!
Wizards’ largest lead was three points. Spurs’ largest was THIRTY.
The Spurs had five double-digit scorers with Duncan, Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson and old friend Roger Mason Jr. leading the way. The Wizards’ ‘Big Three’ combined for just 31 points a day after combining for 69.
“You see a couple games we had great rhythm a a great flow,” said Butler, who remains confident he, Arenas and Jamison can still play together effectively after a two-year gap since they were all healthy at the same time. “You see this San Antonio team is a great defensive team and they were going to take some things away, so we were expecting that tonight. But to lose in this fashion is not acceptable. It should leave a bad taste in everybody’s mouth. It’s frustrating. Truly it is frustrating. It’s no one person to blame. It’s just very frustrating.”
The Wizards had the ball moving midway through the first quarter, then Mike Miller got hurt and the wheels fell off. (Miller’s got what the Wizards think is a torn right calf. He’ll be re-evaluated when they get back to D.C. but Flip said they believe he’ll be out four to five weeks. Not good for the Wizards, but the only blessing in disguise is that it will allow Miller’s sprained shoulder to heal).
Now what are the Wizards going to do without their best offensive facilitator? Now, that should be Gilbert Arenas, right? But so far it hasn’t been. I know poor shooting has a lot to do with it, but Arenas had only two assists tonight, and turned the ball over three times.
So the Wizards are 3-9 and on Tuesday — the aniversary of Eddie Jordan’s firing after last year’s 1-10 start — they will play Jordan and the 76ers.
But the Wizards have a lot to figure otu. Frustration is at an all-time high, guys aren’t improving in Saunders’ system, and aren’t happy with their playing time.
“We have guys that are frustrated and they’re not playing and I’m sure they’re sitting there seeing how guys are playing and how they should be getting their opportunity,” Flip Saunders said. “And guys are going to get their opportunity starting Monday because we’re not getting it done as it is right now.”
He’s definitley got to do something now that Miller’s out and things aren’t working as they are right now. But what? Nick Young has trouble remembering plays that are even called for himself, and has yet to show he can be counted on to play defense. And Randy Foye has struggled lately to get playing time and when he does, it’s not effective (2-for-10 from field tonight).
So who then? Stevenson? We shall see… .