Week 5: First DNP and Going Back to the Bench$hard gets denied!Game 1: My first miss
After starting two games last week, I found out how frustrating it is to not play at all in this game against the Pistons. It was tough seeing the boys lose, but they put up a really good effort and kept it really close. While I saw the game from the best seat in the house, I also was unfortunate to see Josh Howard get his nose broken from that very seat as well. It was nothing untoward, he just copped an accidental elbow from Ben Wallace on the double-team. John Wall had another mad game with 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. With him on the team, I can kind of slip under the radar and do my thing when I get back.Game 2: One Falls...
I returned to the bench for the game against the home game against the Sixers. I couldn't really get my offensive game going, but I almost had a double-double with 10 rebounds and 9 assists. We lost by 12, but the main story of this one was that Arenas went down clutching at his ankle. Prognosis was that he's going to miss up to 5 weeks with a severely sprained ankle. Just what we need!Game 3: ...And Another Follows
It hasn't been a great week and we dropped our third game of the week with a double digit loss to Atlanta. It was possibly the toughest game of my career so far, having to match up with Joe Johnson, Jamal Crawford and Mike Bibby. All three of those guys are mad ballers and I was a huge fan of Bibby back in his Sacramento days. But all that aside, it was also probably my best all round game of my career yet. I almost had a triple-double with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists; not to mention I swatted away 4 shot attempts. On the downside, I turned the ball over 5 times, which frustrated me quite a lot.
But enough about me, the team suffered another set back with JJ Hickson going down. Prognosis? Another severely sprained ankle and up to 5 weeks on the sidelines... what is it with this team and ankles?!Game 4: Finally a win!
After three losses to start the week, we finally got a win against the Magic! Now, let's get the bad part of my performance out of the way; I got another 5 turnovers. I'm not happy with this stat, but having a slashing mentality, it's bound to happen. I'm a volume ball handler... yes.
Despite this stat, I managed to pick up the performer of the game with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal and 1 block... all in 27 minutes. I love bringing the energy off the bench and I wouldn't mind one bit if I stayed there for the rest of the season. Getting gametime and being productive is all that matters![/quote]Box scores
DET: 93 (Hamilton 26, Stuckey 23, Gordon 10)
WAS: 92 (Arenas 22, Wall 17, McGee 15)
POTG: Richard Hamilton 26 points (8-14FG) 1 rebound 3 assists
DET: Maxiell 12
WAS: McGee 14
DET: Stuckey 5
WAS: Wall 8
-The 3rd was tied at 72-all
-Arenas was 9-23 from the field and 1-7 from 3 point range
-Jason Maxiell had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds
PHI: 91 (Young 22, Iguodala 18, Williams 15)
WAS: 79 (McGee 16, Arenas 13, Hickson 12)
POTG: Thaddeus Young 22 points (8-11 FG) 8 rebounds 2 assists 1 steal 1 block
PHI: Hawes 9
WAS: Young 10Assists
PHI: Iguodala 4
WAS: Young 9The Story
-Thaddeus Young was extremely efficient, with 8-11 from the field and hit his only 3 point attempt.
-Arenas scored 13 before falling to an ankle injury.
-Wizards rookie Jordan Crawford shot 2-11 from the field. He will be getting more shots now Arenas will miss some playing time.
ATL: 94 (Crawford 25, Johnson 24, Smith 14)
WAS: 82 (Wall 19, K Young 15, N Young 11)
POTG: Jamal Crawford 25 points (10-19 FG) 6 rebounds 3 assists 2 steals
ATL: Smith 12
WAS: McGee 17Assists
ATL: Bibby 10
WAS: Young 9The Story
-Inefficient shooting: new starting two-guard Nick Young shot a miserable 3-18 from the field.
-JJ Hickson left the game early with an ankle injury
-Andray Blatche scored 12 points and 6 rebounds against his old team
WAS: 104 (K Young 21, Wall 19, Turkoglu 19)
ORL: 69 (Lewis 20, Howard 12, Bass 9)
POTG: Kenny Young 21 points (8-16 FG) 6 rebounds 8 assists 1 steal 1 block
WAS: McGee 16
ORL: Howard 16Assists
WAS: Wall, Young 8
ORL: Williams 3The Story
-The Wizards outscored the Magic 21-9 in the 3rd. A big part of this was $hard's awful night. 9-28 from the field doesn't sound bad, but this includes 2-16 from beyond the arc.
-The Wizards had 5 double-digit scorers. Along with the 3 aforementioned, Nick Young scored 14 and Javale McGee had 10.
Kenny's Quote of the WeekNot time to panic
Week 5 Gallery
Uh, it's tough to say. I think we just have a perfect storm of guys who aren't hitting on all cylinders at the moment. I think, as a team, we just need to figure out where things started going wrong and correct that. I urge our fans to not get frustrated though. We'll get back on track soon.
| Driving to the Hoop | Just because I'm smaller doesn't mean I can't get in your grill! |
| It's nice to have Dwight watch someone else dunk for a change | I say no to Bibby! |A Few Random Facts
*Kenny still has the best PER on the team with 27.72
*In the Wizards he's currently 2nd in rebounds (7.4) and 3rd in blocks per game (1.1)
*A stat he wouldn't like is that he's currently leading the team in turnovers per game with 2.9
I'm thinking about simplifying my game recap format with just stats and scores. I could see myself getting burnt out pretty quickly with the current presentation. Let me know what you think