This game was over in the 2nd quarter for the Washington Wizards, and not in their favor. The Houston Rockets were on fire from the beginning, with MVP candidate James Harden proving to be unstoppable with 38 points to go along with nine AST and 10 REB. And while the Wizards did an ok job offensively they could not figure out a way to stop the West’s number one team.
This loss dropped the Wizards to 42-36 and losing 11 of the last 17 have the Wizards dropped to seventh place in the East. This would leave the Wizards facing off against the Boston Celtics in the first round a situation no one wants. While a lot can happen till the Playoffs, this might be a better situation than having to face Lebron James and the Cavaliers in the first round.
The two sides of the Wall: Just like there are two sides to a coin, there were also two sides to John Wall tonight. While you can look at his nine assists, including some great dishes for threes, as a plus, but the other side of the coin tells another story. He only had eight points which will simply not do. He also had eight turnovers of the Wizards 17 contributing to a bad night.
No answer for Harden: The presumed nominee for MVP really had a dominant night for Rockets. A stat line of 38, nine and 10 only tells half of the story. When he plays it looks like he is not even trying, acting calm and collected as he systematically crossed over every Wizards defender he faced. He also had several alley-oops that even impressed John Wall.
Random Notes: Kelly Oubre is still not shooting well, going 2-11… Mike Scott continued his strong play with 10 points and two REB… I really miss Nene, when he dunks he does it with authority, at 35 years old, the big Brazilian is still doing well… The commentators asked if John Wall could guard John Wall, which just seems like one of those questions that should never be answered.
What’s Next: The Wizards (42-36) face off against the King and the Cleveland Cavaliers (48-30) on Thursday. Tipoff is at 8:00PM