The Washington Wizards took the floor against the Portland Trailblazer last night at the Rose Garden, and nothing went right from the opening tip. JaVale McGee picked up two quick fouls, and was on the bench within the few minutes of the game.
The rout was on. The Wizards lost 111-76, matching their lowest point output of the season. They now fall to 17-52, tied for the third worst record in the league, and are a league worst 1-32 on the road. The Trailblazers improved to 41-30.
“We gave up 33 points off turnover. Your front line gets out scored 72-24,” Saunders said.
“They got into us. It was a situation where you saw a very young team get taken out, get into quicksand and just kept on sinking.”
The Wizards committed 27 turnovers, shot 37.1 percent to the Trailblazers 50 percent, and were pounded on the glass, 44-32. The Blazers also had a season high 14 steals.
“They were playing small, they’re down-sized but those guys can still rebound the ball,” Saunders said.
“The quickness against you ends up being a problem, and a lot of times defense and rebounding boils down to being quicker. They were quicker in a lot of spots than we were, especially up front.”
The Wizards high scorer was Jordan Crawford with 12, while John Wall added nine points and seven assists. Blazer forward Gerald Wallace scored a game high 28 points, the most he’s had in a Blazer uniform since being traded from the Bobcats.
“They did a great job of making us turn the ball over. We couldn’t find guys in transition, and they play better when they’re at home,” Wall said.
“They’re not a bad road team, but whenever you’re at home, you get that extra boost. We didn’t do anything we had [in] the game plan, and they got whatever they wanted.”
Wall also got into foul trouble, and Saunders seemed to spend a good portion of the game arguing with officials.
“It was kind of frustrating to pick up my second foul when we were close in the game and I had to sit down and wait and they made a good run,” Wall said.
“They did whatever they wanted. It was like we weren’t even out there. Nobody played good today, nobody competed, [none] of us. When they missed a shot, they got a put-back. They had a dunk fest on us, a block party, making threes. They got whatever they wanted.”
The team left Portland for Los Angeles, where they will face the Clippers tonight at 10:30.
(Post game quotes courtesy of the Portland Trailblazer Department of Media Relations)