Wizards vs Raptors: Game 55 Discussion thread


I need to play better. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Wizards have played well since John Wall returned to the lineup, winning 12 of 21 games, but they have struggled on the road and against teams with losing records. They are 3-7 away from Verizon Center and 2-5 against teams with records of .500 or below with Wall.

On Monday, the Wizards (17-37) are on the road and playing a team with a losing record in the Toronto Raptors, who defeated Washington, 96-88, in the first game after the all-star break. Wall had his worst game of the season – and matched the worst shooting night of his career – in the loss, as he scored just nine points on 1 for 12 shooting and committed seven turnovers.

“When we are on the road, we don’t play the same way we need to when we are at home,” Wall said. “We all know what it takes now, we all understand. To finish the season the way we want to, we need to do a better job. We owe Toronto because we didn’t have the best game that we’ve had of our season. I had a terrible game leading my team, and other guys didn’t step up. We know what we need to do to stop them.”

Since his poor outing against the Raptors, Wall has recorded back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Denver and Houston. The Wizards are 4-1 this season with Wall has at least 10 points and 10 assists.

The Raptors (23-33) have gone 7-3 since acquiring Rudy Gay from Memphis and are just four games behind Milwaukee for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards trail Toronto by five games in the standings.

Discuss tonight’s game in the comment section below and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter with @MrMichaelLee.

Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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Michael Lee · February 25, 2013