Orlando Magic Hold Washington Wizards To 85 Points

11:37 AM, Jan 5, 2012   |    comments
The Wizards four all-star nominees watch the team get trounced by the Magic. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE.
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Scoring.

In sports, it's as essential as food is to humans. It's more important than compromising in Congress. Hell, it's a bigger deal than foreplay is in the bedroom.

So someone please explain to me the reasons why no professional team in Washington score points? Okay, you don't really have to dissect where each front office seemingly picked the wrong page in one of those old 'choose your own adventure' books. But dear lord is this getting dreadful.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post pointed out the Redskins drought in having a scoring outburst. The Nationals offense left the pitching staff hanging out to dry during their 2011 campaign. I admittedly don't know or care too much about hockey, but I do see through Twitter that the team goes as hot and cold offensively as BENGAY cream.

Now it's the Washington Wizards turn to join lamest party in town. The strange part of this is that the Wiz had no real trouble putting basketballs through the net in 2010-2011, averaging 97.3 points a game.

Wednesday night's 103-85 loss in Orlando to the Magic was the least bit surprising from this year's version Wizards. Only once in their six games has the team eclipsed 90 points, and it came in a game where the Celtics coasted defensively after marching out to a monstrous lead.

Washington's offense is a bigger mess than a high school cafeteria after a food fight. There's no need to single out Flip Saunders' play calling, or John Wall's flawed decision making, or even the scapegoat himself in Andray Blatche. The blame lies with every Wizard who puts a uniform on.

Basketball, more so than any other sport, is based on trust and cohesion. The five men running up and down the hardwood must be in sync with each other. Great teams are able to read each others minds. The Wizards have played as the most individualistic group of players in the league so far and the results can back up my claim.

With home games coming up against the struggling New York Knicks, the youthful Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors -- the NBA's ugly stepchild -- there's no reason to believe this tailspin will end anytime soon.

It's one thing to be a bad team in the NBA. It's another to be the league's worst squad by far. Being the laughingstock of highlight shows, countless blogs and even with us, the local media, is only just beginning to seep into the minds of the Wizards players. That and all the Twitter bashing from frustrated fans. I don't believe that the young players on this team can ignore the negativity.

Ask the New Jersey Nets how fun the 2009-2010 season was after posting a record of 17-65.

Are the Wizards that bad? It's too early to tell. But I sincerely hope not for the sake of this town. We already knew the playoffs were out of reach in 2012. I'm just longing for an 100 tally on the scoreboard.

Quick Thoughts on the Magic loss

*JaVale McGee shouldn't let one terrible game against Dwight Howard ruin the confidence he's been playing with. 2-of-8 shooting for six points and four rebounds is normally unacceptable, but for the sake of putting this one behind us, don't worry about it JaVale.

*Nick Young got yanked four minutes into the game for Roger Mason Jr. after a very lackluster performance on defense. I clamored about how he's only a scorer in early December. He may get relegated back to the sixth man role, a spot where he opened the season on fire.

*You want to know why the Wizards are starting slow in the first quarter? These were the shot attempts in order. Young misses running 10-footer; Blatche misses 20-footer, Young misses 26-footer; Wall layup is blocked; Rashard Lewis misses 4-footer; Young misses 24 footer; McGee misses 20-footer; Wall misses a 20-footer and Mason Jr. misses a 19-footer.

I know the Magic are solid defensively but you can't play scared early on in the game. The Wizards have to be assertive on offense and keep attacking, especially with their recent shooting woes. 14 points to start the game automatically gave this team a loss.

*One simple stat in every Wizards game becomes completely lopsided. The Magic had 27 assists, the Wizards had 12. At least Washington limited their turnover count to just nine and Wall had zero of those blunders.

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