The Wizards held on despite going cold and not hitting a single field goal in the final 8:04 of the game, and thanks to Francisco Garcia’s toe being on the line, won the game to avoid falling into last place in the league.
With the win, the Wizards, who for only the second time this season faced an opponent with a worse record, improved to 16-52 and closed out their homestand with a 1-2 record. And they got a win as they prepare to head west for a four-game, five-day west coast trip.
“It’s definitely nice. This is a game we thought we had an opportunity to win. Now we have to understand we’re about to play teams that are fighting for playoff position with Utah, Denver and Phoenix trying to hold on.”
Here’s a crazy stat I stumbled upon tonight. Jamison leads the entire league with 2,590 minutes played this season, which given the Wizards’ record isn’t necessarily a good thing. Unfortunately for Jamison, however, with Butler’s status up in the air, his workload isn’t likely to lessen.
Butler, as I said in my pre-game blog, will be having an MRI done on his hamstring tomorrow. He said that he was feeling pretty good the last week after sitting out three games the previous week, but when he made a move to the basket against Orlando, the hamstring clinched up. He’s been getting treatment ever since then and it has yet to improve. Here’s to hoping it’s nothing worse than just the tightness it has been classified as.
Not exactly sure what the deal is with Brendan Haywood. His coach, and members of the Wizards P.R. staff say that he has been cleared to resume full contact activity. I grabbed him in the hallway tonight and he said, “I don’t know anything about that. I don’t know where that came from.” Haywood wouldn’t confirm or deny that he has had a checkup or received word that his wrist is good to go. But obviously, it has if Tapscott and members of the team’s staff are saying so. So, either Haywood isn’t confident in the wrist yet, or he doesn’t want to risk attempting a comeback this season.