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Ninety minutes before game time, Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee was on the practice court with assistant coach Don Zierden. The sometimes-aloof McGee was taking direction, nodding his head, and working up a sweat as he continued to work on his game.
Andray Blatche broke out of his funk Monday night against the Celtics, scoring a game-high 28 points and adding nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough to pull the Wizards out of theirs.
Washington Wizards guard John Wall had his best game of the season — 19 points on 6 of 13 shooting and perhaps best of all: eight assists to one turnover. Wall's progress is a good sign, but the end result for the Wizards was the same as the first three, as they lost 94-86 to the Boston Celtics on Sunday night at Verizon Center.
Containing Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings will be the biggest test facing Washington as the Wizards seek their first win Friday night.
At the start of the game between the Washington Wizards and the Atlanta Hawks, the home team opened up a 15-0 lead before John Wall put the Wizards on the scoreboard. Wall went on to score 10 of the team's first 12 points.
The mandate for rebuilding the Wizards, as outlined by owner Ted Leonsis and president Ernie Grunfeld, is to play the young players and let them develop.
It took only one game for the new-look Washington Wizards to resemble their same old dysfunctional selves.
The Washington Wizards opened their season at Verizon Center on Monday night against the New Jersey Nets. They were a fitting opponent for the Wizards, since the Nets' best player, Deron Williams, embodies everything that the Wizards' best player, John Wall, hopes to become.
For one half of basketball, the Washington Wizards teased a nearly sellout Verizon Center crowd by playing team basketball, shooting almost 55 percent from the floor, and playing solid defense, as they opened a 21-point lead over the New Jersey Nets in the NBA season opener for both teams.