Hanrahan: That Wasn't Pretty

Hanrahan: That Wasn't Pretty
October 29, 2010, 3:10 am
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Thursday October 28, 2010 11:31 p.m.

By Frank Hanrahan


Boy, it's safe to say the Wizards have some serious work to do after getting throttled at Orlando 112-83. Orlando was good but the Wizards were equally bad. In his NBA debut, rookie John Wall like his team struggled, scoring 14 points on 6-19 shooting but he did dish out 9 assists for Washington.

Despite being together for a month in training camp and playing in 7 pre-season games, the youthful Wizards looked like they were taking the court together for the first time as they were out of sorts in every capacity of the game. Their offense was stagnant with bad shot selections led by Andray Blatche who went 2-9 for just 6 points. Defensively, the Wizards had no answer for Dwight Howard (23 points. 10 rebounds) and several times coach Flip Saunders burned timeouts when it was clear his team got out hustled on a play by the Magic.

This game was over in the first quarter. The output was so bad that don't be surprised if Saunders shakes up the rotation for the Hawks game in Atlanta Saturday night. Swingman Cartier Martin helped his cause for more playing time, scoring a team high 17 points off the bench for the Wizards.

Prior to the game, Wizards players were saying they would be able to gauge where they stood after facing a very good Orlando team and now they should know. They have a long, long way to go.