Reporting Frank Hanrahan
After playing with gusto and desperation at Cleveland and finally picking up a road win, the Wizards returned to form Wednesday night, getting squashed at Orlando in a feeble performance by everyone else except John Wall. The rookie guard dropped in 27 points in the 101-76 loss. Wall played with energy and purpose but he was the only bright spot as the Wizards head into the All-Star break with a 15-39 record.
Wizards’ leading scorer Nick Young sat out the Magic game with a sore knee. “Not having Nick hurt a lot,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. ”I thought we played really hard the first half, but couldn’t make a shot. It was one of those things, the harder we tried the harder we fell. It was like being in quicksand.”
The Wizards head into the break hoping to get healthy and maybe show some sign of life in the second half of the season. ”As Ted (Leonsis) said, we set a game plan of what we needed to do, how we were going about doing it. Would we like to have more wins? Yeah. You always do,” Saunders said.