The Washington Wizards trailed by as many as 22 points, but a 4th quarter surge led by Cartier Martin & Kevin Seraphin's 22 straight 4th quarter points had the Wiz within 3 points in the final 2 minutes However three Mavs offensive rebounds later the Dallas Mavericks broke their 3 game losing streak and picked up the win.
After a Detroit win tonight, the Wizards are the only winless team in the NBA.
Randy Wittman has been using players like Jan Vesely, Jannero Pargo, Seraphin, and Cartier Martin sparingly, but all four were on the floor for the comeback effort. That group played intense basketball and looked nothing like the starters who typically loligag, fire up bad jumpers, and don't play physical defense.
On paper they aren't better players. But the game isn't played on paper...
While the Wizards haven't won a game, the people who spark the comebacks and actually play hard get DNPs. Will Cartier Martin and his 5-6 shooting and 4-4 from the three point line play 1 second on Saturday? Or will Wittman give that playing time to Bradley Beal who was 3-14 and 2-6 from downtown?
Comcast's "What Will Jan Vesely Do" Bit...Answer...B
Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 21 points and he was playing lots of minutes at point guard. And that meant dribble dribble dribble streetball pass, dribble dribble dribble chuck, dribble dribble dribble turnover.
Jordan and his steez launched another random 3 pointer from 5 steps behind the arc with a guy covering him. It was so unexpected that Steve Buckhantz didn't even have time to say "jacks it up" as the ball was already clanging off the rim when Buck noticed. JC also had a technical and a turnover in key moments of the 4th quarter
In screaming news, Martell Webster yelled "GET IN THERE GIRL!" on a free throw that was rolling around the rim. Meanwhile Jordan Crawford yells "AND ONE!" on jump shots...Honestly I've never used SMH in my life, but J-Craw has added it to my lexicon.
At one point in the second quarter the Mavs had 4 straight fast breaks off missed Wizards shots/turnovers/blocked shots. It was at that point I screamed out "FIRE THE WHOLE TEAM!" It was the worst few minutes of basketball I have ever seen at the NBA level.