Saturday was like so many other days that end in day before them, with the now down right awful Washington Wizards falling again to the Detroit Pistons 96-87 to complete a two game home-and-home sweep.
It may not have been as bad as Friday’s loss in Detroit, but getting swept by one of the worst teams in the East when your team is at almost full strength is certainly not good. Detroit—again— dominated from pretty much start to finish. Washington only won one quarter and found themselves with a 54-35 halftime deficit and yet another huge hole they could not dig themselves out of in the second half.
Bradley Beal was a welcome return to the lineup, considering the squads failure to really score any points in Friday’s match, but oh boy did he look rusty. There have been up and down games for Beal all year but Saturday’s was one of his worst. Despite finishing with 17 points, he was 7-of-17 shooting and missed every one of his five three point shots. Drafted to be a scorer, especially a high first round scorer, Beal has to be better. He was practically 0-for the world in the first half and was a big culprit behind the team’s slow start.
Nene started at center, perhaps signaling the end of his potential minutes count, but he did not provide the impact he has in the past. He dropped 10 in the bucket, but only shot 25 percent from the field and was neutralized on the boards with only seven rebounds.
Meanwhile the Pistons had five players in double-figures with backup point guard Rodney Stuckey scoring a team high 19 points, two shy of Jordan Crawford’s 21, which was the game high.
It looked like the Pistons were just having fun on the court all night. The fun and games were highlighted by the alley-oop Charlie Villanueva threw down towards the end of the first half that really showed how much confidence the Pistons were playing with.
Earl Barron and Shaun Livingston, two starters for the last two games, only played a combined 12 minutes, all of them Livingston’s. The writing was already on the wall about their status with the team, but Saturday confirmed their time was probably over in Washington. Following the game, sources revealed to multiple media outlets that the two were no longer were going to be with the team.
It is really a pitiful way for the Wizards to limp into the Christmas break. The home-and-home was a great opportunity for the Wizards to capitalize on a slumping Eastern Conference bottom feeder. Instead, it was the Wizards who were feasted upon and dominated for almost eight straight quarters. The loss drops Washington to 3-22 on the year and are now in the midst of a seven game losing streak, after starting December with two wins in their first four games.
Washington has a three day layoff before they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Boxing Day and then welcome the Orlando Magic to town this Friday.