View Full Version : Wizards Breakdown: Shot Selection
02-08-2005, 08:40 AM
The Wizards really need to work on their shot selection. In the final three minutes of the Pacers they should have won it by about 10 points but they kept jacking up these horrible shots from way outside. luck for us the Pacers could not throw the ball into a lake during those last moments.
The Wizards have improved their shot percentage a little since Hughes was hurt, but in those critical momments of the game when they need high percentage shots they proceed to jack up these horrible outside shots/prayers. Arenas has been tremendous, but we cannot live and die by his hot hand. The fact that Arenas, Hughes, Jamison and those guys are so hot should open up space underneath for high percentage shots.
They are winning now, but after the all star break the games are going to get a lot harder and the Zards cannot afford to play so carelessly. The Wizards need to go inside and hit cutters to the basket since we run a motion offense. High percentage plays make a lot more sense and will win more games.
What are your thoughts?
02-08-2005, 09:08 AM
I took the rebounds (jeez, I guess we all did :) ) . Teams that elevate their game as a team, first secure the ball. Individuals that are known for their rebounding ability, step it up, while also being more physical. It always gets nasty down the strecth when the seeding is due.
02-08-2005, 09:26 AM
I think the Wiz rebounding would improve if they simply shot inside more. If you jack everything up from beyond half court chances are your rebound numbers are gonna be low.
02-08-2005, 09:58 AM
The Wiz need to learn how to shoot a freaking free throw. They were something like 52% from the line last night, that is awful. That's like having and entire team of Shaqs sitting at the line... Come on guys, better effort from the line and we are KILLING teams, especially at home.
PA Skins Girl
02-08-2005, 11:17 AM
I'm not gonna be critical. I love hearing that swoosh when they hit the long jumper. But, you're right, Haywood and Etan need to be stronger down low.
02-08-2005, 11:34 AM
My biggest concern is getting people healthy and back into playing shape.
The FT thing has got to work itself out. It's not the sort of thing that can be coached.
The Wiz are usually real close in rebounds, and getting healthy should help that.
Shot selection is fine. You have to take advantage of what the D gives ya.
02-08-2005, 11:41 AM
I took free throws. We get to the line so much and we could have won at least four more games had we hit more of our free throws. Hopefully over the break they spend a LOT of time on them.
02-08-2005, 11:47 AM
Where's the fifth selection <X> All of the above.
And as far as others, they are going to have to learn composure. Man, the game the other night they "BLEW" when leading by such a large margine. Come on - simply lost their cool! No excuse!!
But they all work on it all just not one thing.
02-08-2005, 01:58 PM
Defensive consistency. One quarter they force 10 turnovers, the next they give up 35 points. They need to be more consistent on the defensive end. Sure the steals are great, but without them we are looking at a team that can't stop anybody. I would also like to see kwame healthy.
02-08-2005, 02:00 PM
I voted other [meaning defense] easily. The Bullets are giving up more points than any other team in the league. Now, that's partially due to the frantic pace of their offense, which leads to more possessions for both teams, but Washington really doesn't play much interior defense. When Haywood is out of the game teams get into the lane and score constantly.
02-08-2005, 02:21 PM
I chose all four. I don't think shot selection is the biggest problem. Either rebounding or FT. Lately we've been missing a LOT of our FT's. And how come just plain defense isn't one of the choices?? That to me is the biggest problem.
02-08-2005, 02:26 PM
I said shot selection, although I think its more along the lines of needing to share the ball consistently. Guys like Areanas, Dixon, and Hughes seem to get into a shoot first mentality at times which can really hurt the team. When the hit we are fine but if they go cold they will continue to fire which hurts the team.
02-08-2005, 02:49 PM
i said free throw shooting. we lost 2 games to the magic that couldve been won, had they had a better percentage from the charity stripe. rebounding would be second, but i dont think its all that horrible, although they got outrebounded by one of the worst rebounding teams last night.
02-08-2005, 04:06 PM
man to man defense and defensive rebounding
PA Skins Girl
02-08-2005, 06:06 PM
My biggest concern? Being able to last the rest of the season without heart failure.
02-08-2005, 08:15 PM
D for Defense.
We're still dead last in the league giving up 101.6 points per game.
We're 2nd in scoring so shot selection, although it needs to improve for the playoffs, hasn't mattered with the overall success of this team.
We're 10th in Rebounding (2nd Offensive, 24th Defensive), we need to improve the defensive rebounding and have since Thomas came back but we're a force on the offensive glass.
We're 24th in FT shooting.. absolutely horrendous but we're still 2nd in scoring so this doesn't hurt as much as giving up the most points.
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