The Wizards came in on a hot streak, winners of two of their last three, including an impressive win over the Los Angeles Lakers last game as they were looking to end their five game homestand off on a good note with consecutive wins for the first time in almost a month.
The problem is, Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge had something to say about it as he went 12 of 15 for 3o points and ten rebounds in the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 win over the Washington Wizards.
“We just could never get into a situation where we could put stops together in this game,” Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman said. “That’s what it really boiled down to I think.”
After a tied first period, the Wizards were only outscored by more than five in a period once, and that was the fourth. But the biggest reason they couldn’t get stops or get any closer in a period was the Wizards couldn’t find an answer for Aldridge all night.
“Basically they got whatever they wanted,” Wizards guard John Wall said.
Wizards forward Trevor Booker got the unenviable task to try and guard LaMarcus Aldridge.
“[With] Marcus we just went one-on-one,” Booker said. “He could shoot over any player that guards him, so with me giving up four inches, it’s probably a little easier.”
The Blazers ran pick and rolls all night which not only helped LaMarcus Aldridge, but also freed up Jamal Crawford who added 23 and Raymond Felton who had 21 as the Blazers shot 51.3% to break a two game losing streak.
“We didn’t play much defense tonight,” Booker, who had ten boards to lead the Wizards, said. “Maybe we were too focused on the offensive end.”
Offensively the Wizards shot 47.6% overall, 31.3% from three, but what really hurt them on the offensive side was only going 16 of 25 from the line, while the Blazers went 26 of 27.
“They go 26 of 27, we go 16 of 25,” Wittman said. “”That hurts in a tight game.”
John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points and eight assists, while JaVale McGee added 15 points and four rebounds in the loss.
Blazers veteran center Marcus Camby was ejected late in the second period for shoving Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin to the ground after both went for a rebound. Seraphin said later he didn’t know why Camby shoved him.
The Wizards (9-30 on the season) end up two and three on their five game homestand and now head on the road for six straight starting in San Antonio on Monday.
Listen here to what Randy Wittman, John Wall, Trevor Booker & Kevin Seraphin said following the loss.
Randy Wittman Postgame Audio
John Wall Postgame Audio
Trevor Booker Postgame Audio
Kevin Seraphin Postgame Audio