It sounds like such a broken record, but the Washington Wizards were yet again dominated by a superstar player in their 103-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Vince Carter was on fire for the Mavericks throughout the game, hitting nine of his 14 shots and scoring a game high 23 points. Despite Carter scoring a game high in points, he was still a zero in plus-minus, but got some help in that category from his teammates. It was clear Carter was the scoring difference in the game for the Mavericks and was the player who caused the most problems for the Wizards.
Meanwhile, Bradley Beal did his very own Carter impression for the Wizards. A rookie, Beal knocked down seven buckets and took a total of 16 shots for a team high 22 points. He hit four of his seven threes to end a terrible stretch where he had not hit a three point field goal in more than a week. Like Carter, despite scoring a team high in points, he was also second to worst in plus-minus with a minus-18 rating.
Yet again the turnovers were a huge factor in the game for Washington. As a whole, the team gave the ball away 14 times with every starter, except Garrett Temple, had multiple of them. It is a huge problem that has followed the Wizards all year long. With the team struggling to play consistently, cutting down on the turnovers would certainly be a step in the right direction.
Speaking of inconsistencies.
Kevin Seraphin had the most disappointing performance of the night by far. The former first round pick has been great at times this year, but has fallen into a little bit of a slump lately. He scored 10 points, but was minus-24 while he was on the floor. While yes, plus-minus can be a little deceiving, but a minus-24 shows he was a part of a very ineffective group of defensive players.
After three straight double doubles to end November, Seraphin has not had another 10 rebound game since.
The Wizards now drop to a dreadful 4-25 now on the year. They have another tough test coming up on Wednesday in the Indiana Pacers before returning home against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. After having one of the easiest schedules before 2013, the Wizards are going to see their schedule start to get significantly harder quickly.