I am very excited about the direction of the Washington Wizards franchise. I am so excited that I took my two boys to the opener on Monday night at the Verizon Center.
The night had so much promise, we began with dinner at the DC Chop House, discussing the roster over tasy filets.
It started well with the Wizards displaying smothering defense on their way to a 26-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. Thoughts of playoff battles with the Knicks and Heat were dancing in our heads. It was downhill from there as the Wiz were outscored in each of the final three quarters on their way to a 90-84 loss.
What went wrong? Well, foul shooting is definitely a problem. 21-34 from the charity stripe just isn't going to cut it.
Losing to New Jersey is also troublesome, especially at home. With Brook Lopez out with injury, the Nets have a serious lack of talent. Deron Williams is obviously a stud, but they have nothing else.
Kris Humphries did his best Blake Griffin impersonation with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Fans seemed to relish in booing the former Mr. Kardashian every time he touched the ball.
It was disappointing not getting to see Jan Vesely and Rashard Lewis is definitely done.
Lets write it off as rust due to an abbreviated training camp and hope for the best moving forward.
Tom Blaz is Chief Editor of DC PRO and co-owner of The Recruiting Eagle a website focusing on Auburn University Athletics.