Jordan Crawford was greeted with skepticism a few weeks ago when he predicted the Wizards would win 20 games this year. The team was stuck on 12 wins and needed to go 8-5 in their final 13 games to pull it off.
The Washington Wizards led the Miami Heat for much of the game Saturday night at American Airlines Arena. But a fourth-quarter surge by the Heat made a game of it in the fourth quarter as the two teams battled back and fourth. A dunk by Heat forward Udonis Haslem tied the game at 84 with just 4.2 seconds left.
John Wall sat on the bench in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter looking up at the scoreboard, his expression a mixture of confusion and disbelief.
Kevin Seraphin has no fear of going up against Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. In fact, Seraphin has said repeatedly he likes the challenge. But with Howard out of the lineup due to back spasms, Seraphin really didn't mind the much easier assignment of guarding Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis.
James Singleton and Cartier Martin, both working under 10-day contracts, combined for 37 points and 18 rebounds as the Wizards routed the Bobcats 113-85 in a matchup of the NBA's two worst teams.
As it turns out, Nene and Brian Cook weren't the only bigs Washington acquired when it traded JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Ronny Turiaf. The Wizards also got the new-and-improved player who was buried on their bench. Wednesday's game against Indiana presented more evidence of the discovery, yet another exciting chapter in "The Evolution of Kevin Seraphin."
Jordan Crawford made it clear after Monday's loss to Milwaukee that there is still plenty for the Wizards to play for — and that's pride. He still believes the team has a shot to win 20 games.
For nine consecutive games, the Washington Wizards managed to hold their opponents under 100 points. On Monday night at Verizon Center, the streak came to and end, as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated them 112-98 in a game that was over by halftime.
Mired in a five-game losing streak and having lost by double-digits to the Philadelphia 76ers three times this season, the Wizards finally ended up in the win column, prevailing 97-76 on Friday night at Verizon Center.