May 24, 2022

Washington Wizards wrap up season with win over star-less Miami heat


The Washington Wizards 2011-12 season came to a triumphant end on Thursday night at the Verizon Center as they defeated the playoff-bound Miami Heat in a laugher, 104-70.

They finished the season with a six-game win streak and during that frame have defeated bottom-feeders and contenders alike.

The Wizards faced a Miami lineup without the triumvirate of stars LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh as they sat out Thursday’s game. The Heat are the second seed in the Eastern Conference for the upcoming playoffs and their position was not going to improve with a win in the final game of the regular season; therefore, coach Eric Spoelstra gave the trio a night off.

Spoelstra inserted the rest of the roster and used his second team for most the night. The results were not good for Miami; however, the 66th game of the campaign for them was a throw-away one.

However, for the Wizards, the final game of the season was a statement game. They wanted to finish off a season that had started off as a nightmare in strong fashion. Furthemore, they want to look forward to a future that looks might brighter than it did in December.

That being said, the Wizards took advantage of the situation. From the start, Washington was in complete control as they finished the first quarter up, 28-18 and then rolled throughout the remainder of the game.

The Wizards held a dominating a 57-32 lead at halftime, and then made the night into a joke.

After the game, Wizards interim head coach Randy Wittman spoke about his team’s effort on Thursday night.

“Well this was a really satisfying way to come down the stretch for this team. We are a team made of a lot of young guys and experienced some success like we had coming down the stretch, winning six games in a row and playing the way we did.”

With the season over, everyone is looking forward to the future and taking the time to reflect. One of the first questions that must be answered in the offseason is the status of Randy Wittman.

However, Wittman looked back  on a long season and working with a young squad. As well, he is looking ahead – whether it  is with the Wizards, or another organization.

“All I wanted to do was try to do the best of putting these guys in a position to enhance their talents. I could only try and get the most out of them and put them in positions to succeed. I tried to do that and prepare them for every game. That’s all I wanted to do.”

He added, “So, I don’t worry about what tomorrow holds. In the end I’m going to learn a lot of different things from this team and from these experiences that are going to help me down the road in my coaching. Whether that’s here or not, I don’t worry about that, I truly don’t. I try and go out each day and do the best job I can. I think when you work hard and do that, good things happen.”

Wall – who had seven points and 12 assists on the night – handed out nothing but praise to Wittman and hopes he is part of the future in Washington.

“I like having Coach Wittman as a coach. It would be nice to have him back. We respect him. He’s an aggressive coach and always right there on us, keying in on things, helping us make the right decisions. He’s been honest with what he says.”

As well, Wall spoke about the conclusion of a long, trying season that showed some success at the very end; however, he knows the improvement and rebuilding of the Wizards will require patience.

“They should just know that it is going to take time, making the right changes, adding the right pieces and making sure that you are doing things to work on your game and keep getting better.”

Veteran Maurice Evans gave his perspective on what has happened with the Wizards this season. He also chimed on about the renewed focus and improvement of the squad.

“There has been a great maturation process that has taken place here this season, and we brought in some great guys that are unselfish and really helped change the game. That made a huge change for us this season. “

For Washington, Maurice Evans scored 18 points, both Nene and Kevin Seraphin had 15, Cartier Martin had 12, and Jan Vesley had 11.

Miami’s Norris Cole had 14, while Eddy Curry had 10. No other member of the Heat scored in double digits.


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