It was a dark night for the Washington Wizards, who were thoroughly dominated by the Detroit Pistons from start to finish in a 100-68 loss in Detroit Friday night.
Friday’s first half was most definitely the worst one of the year for the Wizards, who are currently in the midst of a now seven game slide. Heading into the holidays, the schedule set up perfectly for the Wizards to gain some momentum with a home-and-home series against the lowly Detroit Pistons. Their season low 34 points through two quarters though, showed just how painful the Wizards can be.
Now, before going any further the Wizards are without their three best players in Nene, John Wall and Bradley Beal, while also missing Trevor Ariza and AJ Price. Keeping that in mind though, the Pistons do not have a true star on their roster and the closest they come to having any true scoring power is from center Greg Monroe and guard Brandon Knight.
No one would be able to tell that after one, as the Pistons dropped 53 in the first half, despite only shooting 42 percent. It could have been much worse for Washington who continued to struggle to find any scoring outside of Jordan Crawford. The forward had 14 points in the first half of his return to his hometown.
Even shorthanded, the Wizards’ problems come from their own issues. Yes, they certainly miss Beal, Wall and Nene, but it does not excuse the awful shot choices and rushed possessions It has plagued them all year, the poor execution of a basic game plan, but it was never more apparent than on Friday. The team consistently missed open looks, missed the rim and wasted promising possessions in the first half.
It was not any prettier in the second half as the Wizards started to aboslutely fall apart in the third quarter. A perfect example of why they had such a terrible game came after Crawford was called for a travel. The Pistons pushed the ball up the court and after a shot from Monroe, Kyle Singler grabbed an improbable rebound and kicked it to Tayshaun Prince who hit a three to make it 70-43.
Crawford was part of the reason for Washington coming of the rails. He was called for an offensive foul and a subsequent technical after he ran his mouth. This all came before, the travel he was called for too. While he was the main source of offense for the Wizards, he certainly did not do many other things to help them get back into the game.
The fourth quarter was much like the third, with Detroit controlling the play and scoring 23 to just 17 for the Wizards. Three Pistons would finish in double figures and Andre Drummond finished with a double double by scoring 11 and grabbing 14 boards. The two teams square off again tonight at the Verizon Center in Washington’s last matchup before Christmas.