Originally written on Wizards Extreme  |  Last updated 11/17/14
jazz 83 wizards 7611/17/2012 - Verizon Center, Washington, DCESPN BoxscoreNBA.com Game Highlights     Jan Vesely. Coach Witman finally listened to the clamoring of fans and changed up the starting lineup, inserting Jordan Crawford for Bradley Beal and Jan Vesely for Trevor Booker. Crawford responded by leading the team in scoring with 20 points and Vesely played at an energetic and frantic pace, which helped the Wizards jump out to a 11-0 lead. While Jan struggled from the field going 2/6 and 1/2 from the line, as cliche as it sounds, he did all the little things that don’t show up in the box score. He deflected passes, tipped rebounds, and blocked or bothered numerous shots. He provided a spark that team has been misssing, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and the Wizards lose AGAIN!! Emeka Okafor had another up and down night. He struggled with the mid range jump shot again. Teams seem to be content with giving him the 15 foot shot and he keeps taking it and he keeps missing it but he redeemed himself with a monster night on the boards pulling down 14 of them. Kevin Seraphin on the other hand is in a funk of epic proportions. Ever since the home and home series against Boston, the Kevin Seraphin from those two games has disappeared. In those games he looked confident and attacked his defender every opportunity he had. Since then, he has been tenative and unsure of himself and that was evident tonight. Seraphin finished with only six points on 3-11 shooting but when you look at the boxscore what really jumps out at you is the ZERO rebounds. You heard me...ZERO. Like the steak said to the butter knife, that is not gonna cut it.If you watched this game and had to go run an errand during the third quarter you would probably say the Wizards shut down Al Jefferson. That’s because Jefferson scored 15 of his 21 points in the third. Derrick Favors struggled offensively putting up nine points on 3-10 shooting. But they both did their real damage on the boards. Jefferson finished with 13 boards and Favors added another 10 but then again the entire Jazz team put in work on glass, especially on the offensive end grabbing 26 of their 60 rebounds.   THE GOOD The defense was damn good once again. The Jazz came into the game averaging 99.9 ppg, which ranked 10th in the NBA and the Wizards held them to only 89 points. Aside from the Al Jefferson third quarter explosion, they held everyone in check offensively. Emeka Okafor had 3 blocks and Han Vesely added 2 more. The defensive performance has been the one highlight of the season. THE BADThe bad case of deja vu that Wizard fans seem to be suffering from sturck again. Stop me if this sounds familiar, the Wizards come into a game clearly outmatched with no reasonable chance of winning, the Wizards then play said team close for three and half quarters only to lose the game in the final 5 minutes of play, that was the story of this game as well. If NBA games lasted 40-43 minutes the Wizards would be the story of the year but unfortunately the games last 48 minutes and the plot for the season is looking like a bad B-movie in the making. THE UGLY This one is reserved for the Wizards fans, not for booing the team in the closing minutes of fourth quarter, it’s acceptable to boo an 0-8 team but my anger is reserved for the fans who went ballastic during the Chik-fil-A sandwich giveaway as the Jazz are putting the game out of reach.. The way the crowd went crazy you would’ve thought the Wizards finally won a game. I saw two guys hugging each other like this was a playoff victory and not a $3.50 sandwich giveaway that includes a chicken breast, a pickle, and a bun. Now don’t get me wrong, I love some Chik-fil-A, and I really love free Chik-fil-A but when the loudest cheer of the night is for a sandwich, the fans and the orginization should feel a little shame. The Wizards should think about holding the giveaway earlier in the game or put a rule in place that they won’t do the giveaway when the game is decided and the team is 0-8.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao close to deal for fight

TJ Lang: Suh wanted to fight me after stepping on Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl

Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate during presser

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

Bill Belichick gives understated scouting report of Tom Brady

WATCH: Jimmy Butler throws down half-court alley-oop

President Obama zings Patriots over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's Player Of The Year candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots-Seahawks

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

Five most villainous Super Bowls of all time

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

Foster says UT boosters paid him $40-50K while in college

Ranking the repeat Super Bowl champions

Eric Decker to Sherman: Time your conception a little better

Could Katy Perry and Russell Wilson be dating?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Super Bowl: Things you can't control

LeBron and the Cavs are ready to make a run

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.