The Washington Wizards completed their preseason last night after a 98-92 defeat to the Detroit Pistons. Washington had no answer for Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, who scored a game-high 34 points without netting a single three pointer. Wizards rookie John Wall had a rough night against Detroit’s backcourt and finished with 13 points, 7 assists, and a glaring 6 turnovers. Andray Blatche and Kirk Hinrich led Washington with 17 points a piece, the most points Hinrich has scored in a Wizards jersey thus far.
Much like Sunday’s loss to the New York Knicks, Wall sat out for the final seven minutes of last night’s game against the Pistons. Without Wall, and without Gilbert Arenas, who remained a DNP last night due to that mild groin strain Gil suffered after just three minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Wizards would have to make due with Nick Young.
With 7:14 left to play in the fourth, Young entered the game for Wall. The Wizards trailed the Pistons 81-78, and Wall had scored 6 of Washington’s 9 points in the quarter. Those missing three points? Two came from Adam Morrison, who was called to shoot a pair of technical free throws, and the last point came from Wizards rookie Trevor Booker, who split a pair of traditional free throws (with 10:01 left in the fourth, Pistons guard Ben Gordon was ejected from the game following a defensive foul call on rookie teammate Greg Monroe). In other words, Wall was doing all the offensive work.
Washington’s transition from Wall to Young worked out just fine, as Young scored 6 points in the final seven minutes (with each Young bucket credited by a Lester Hudson assist). Booker, who scored all 7 of his points and picked-up 7 of his 12 rebounds in the fourth quarter, made it 94-91, Pistons, after he sank two clutch free throws with 2:05 left in regulation. However, while Washington entered striking distance with some spark to their offense, the Wizards gave up a costly jumper to Pistons forward Ike Diogu, which stretched the deficit back out to five points. After that, the Wizards were unable to hit a field goal in the final 1:51 of the game.
Both the Wizards and the Pistons exit the 2010-11 preseason with a 3-4 record. The NBA season begins Thursday, October 28th for Washington, just one week from tomorrow.
All things Wizards
-Wizards Magazine premiered on Monday. Check out the complete schedule of the team’s program.
-Did you know that Josh Howard has a blog? In his first entry Josh talks ACL rehab, helping out in the community, and hat collections. Just don’t expect Howard to play Madden ’11.
-A Wizards curse in Charlotte? Seems that way. Former Wizard Dominic McGuire, a glue guy who never quite found his role in Washington, will be sidelined for up to 6 weeks due to a stress fracture of his left shin. McGuire, now a Bobcat, joins former Wizards Shaun Livingston and Kwame Brown on the Charlotte IR list.