Reporting Frank Hanrahan
Watch out. This could get really ugly.
The Wizards looked completely overmatched in a 101-83 loss at Atlanta Wednesday night.
Forward Andray Blatche responded to his critics sheepishly , scoring just 4 points on 2 of 13 shooting. Center JaVale McGee scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but for every eye-popping play McGee made, he would have a bad turnover or a goal-tend violation. John Wall finished with 20 points and 6 assists, but he also had 6 turnovers. Wall had some nice plays but he can’t carry this team all by himself.
Is it already time to shake up the starting lineup? I think you have to start Nick Young now over Jordan Crawford at shooting guard and seriously think about Chris Singleton getting the nod over Rashard Lewis at small forward. Young was alive off the bench and he finished with a game-high 21 points, while Singleton scored 7 points and was all over the place defensively, finishing with two steals.
The Wizards were slow out of the gate, trailing 11-0 and then 16-4 before they finally woke up in the first quarter. That’s why it’s crucial to have your best five starting the game.
The 0-2 Wizards had better do something quick or this could turn sour fast. They visit Milwaukee Friday night before returning home Sunday against Boston.