Wizards vs. Pacers
March 29, 2012 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Granger / Hibbert
Crawford / Wall
Nene / Booker
Wizards Player of the Game
Playing with a sore back, Nene defied his nagging injury with 16 points and 13 rebounds. More importantly Nene was able to contain Roy Hibbert who dominated the Wizards down low in their previous matchup just over a week ago. Hibbert was held to just 9 points and 3 rebounds.
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Ahh Jordan Crawford. I recieved a text from a friend a few days ago which read "Congrats on getting Kobe. I just don't understand why he changed his name to Jordan Crawford". Now before we misinterpret that text, let me go ahead and clarify that he wasn't implying that JC plays with the caliber of a bona fide all-star with 5 championship rings, but rather clowning him for the amount of shots he chucks up, along with his questionable shot selection. That was sorely the case last night, primarily in the final quarte as a few possesions down the stretch were wasted thanks to JC's "NOOOOOO" shots.
Despite being a force on defense, accounting for 4 of the Pacers' 9 steals, Paul George was virtually ineffective on offense, getting into foul trouble early and finishing with only 7 points.
As impressive as Trevor Booker has been playing with that nagging sore foot, I can't shy away from Cartier Martin and his welcome back party last night. Signed to a 10-day contract a few days ago, Martin seemed as if he had never left, scoring 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including two 3-pointers. He also had 5 rebounds.
John Wall and Jordan Crawford in the fourth. Their decision making down the stretch pried the offense away from Nene, who had been playing very well all night. Wall missed a game tying jumper in the late fourth and turned the ball over on an arrant pass which resulted in a backcourt violation. I love the fact that Wall has been put in clutch positions to win games, but eventually we'll need to see him respond.
The free throw shooting. The Wiz Kids missed nine freebies which was clearly a difference in the outcome of the game. In the wise words of my colleague Chuck Lamar "HOW YOU GON MISS A FREE THROW SHOT?! IT'S FREE!!!"