Light Sticks Don't Help Wizards, Pistons Win
Written By Chris C-Ford ---- Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Washington Wizards lost to the Detroit Pistons for the second straight night, falling 96-87 on Saturday night at Verizon Center in front of the most sparce crowd of the entire season. The few thousand fans who showed up were relatively quiet the entire game, except when they had the chance to win a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich of course.
The Wizards started off slow, scoring just 13 first quarter points after a late 5 point spurt to end the period. The Pistons had the lead the entire game but with some help from a college style half court trap, the Wizards cut the lead to 6 points in the 4th quarter. But every opportunity the Wizards had to steal the momentum they missed a shot or played poor defense to crush their chances.
Before the game Martell Webster came out and wished everyone a happy holidays and thanked fans for the support. However during the game the Wizards missed several layups and even a dunk and at times drawing small rounds of boos from the Verizon crowd.
Jan Vesely had a very interesting game, finishing with 6 points and 4 fouls. Vesely was dominated by Charlie Villanueva which infuriated his coach, tried to block a shot using his back, and was smacked on the backside by Randy Wittman after making a defensive mistake to kill a run.
Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 21 points, but most of those were outside the flow of the offense. Without Crawford the Wizards wouldn't score as much, but his one-on-one "chucking" style of play is not ideal.
First round pick Chris Singleton DNP...
In non-basketball news, Saturday night's game was the last for in house DJ and former host of Rap City the Bassment (get it?), Tigger, who is moving on to Atlanta. It also happened to be his birthday. At one point in the night the Verizon big screen played a musical tribute to Tigger's greatest Wizards moments, and during a timeout G-Man let Tigger dunk off the trampoline. In a previous season Tigger airballed the dunk and almost killed himself, but this time he threw it down. Farewell Big Tig!