Washington Wizards Waste Opportunities, Lose Momentum

November 21st, 2009 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
The Washington Wizards silenced a few critics with a big win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in their second meeting of the season. The honeymoon didn't last long as the Wizards lost by 19 points a mere 48 hours later.

So much for Antawn Jamison's return making all the difference.

The win over the Cavs was, by any other name, an apparition. Cleveland was without Shaquille O'Neal and Anderson Varejao, or 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Stats aside, Cleveland lost a decided size advantage, and had to rely on the ever-aging Zydrunas Ilgauskas to fill the void.

In the absence of Shaq and Varejao, the Wizards out-rebounded the Cavaliers 49-35.

The Wizards may have made the most of the opportunity presented to them in Cleveland, but had no answer for the youth, and full health, of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The game was a showcase of offense, young talent, and absolutely no defense. All three facets went the Thunder's way.

By no means did the Thunder play a pretty game, but they did more with the opportunities given to them. As a team, the Thunder shot 53 percent from the field, 52 percent from beyond the arc (11 ...

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