Here’s a handy-dandy narrative: The to the Sunday night 95-92 thanks to Washington’s youth and inexperience costing them the game late. The Wizards blew a nine-point foend of the season.Toon were desperate to sign a fullback this month, with Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems both injured.They will pay a loan fee of £2m but will not have an obligation or option to buy the England international at the end of the seasonurth quarter lead because they were too young for the moment.
Everton boss Marco Silva has told Moise Kean to forget his critics.Silva has dismissed Graeme Souness’ comments after the Sky Sports’ pundit speculated that Juventus sold Kean this summer because his “off-field activities are not the best”.But the manager told the Liverpool Echo: “I heard something.“My people told me and our media people also but I don’t want my players to see, read or pay attention to this situation.“I don’t lose my focus with this situation. Ok, some managers, some people talking on TV and on radio as well, it is their opinion and we have to respect opinions, don’t lose focus, keep doing your work and keep believing in your players.“For me it is not an important thing and I don’t want our players to lose their focus and lose energy with this situation because it is not something you can control.”
Stop, stop, stop, stop.
Let me break this down for you. In the fourth quarter:
Drew Gooden, ten-year vet, 10 minutes, 17 seconds.
, nine-year vet, five minutes, 14 seconds.
, 15-year vet, 10 minutes, 13 seconds.
Andre Miller, 14-year vet, six minutes, 46 seconds.
Don’t get me wrong. The Wizards’ young guys, and were bad in the fourth, with Wall logging a minus-9 in just five minutes and 14 seconds of time. He passed up a big three that he should have shot. Beal was 1-of-5 in the fourth. But those two weren’t the only players on the floor, nor were they focal point many times.
Randy Wittman leaned on his veterans, and the veterans, , failed to execute. That’s what Game 4 came down to for the Wizards: a lack of execution combined with a lack of effort and a superior coaching performance from Frank Vogel. The Wizards were tentative when they should have attacked, and impatient when they should have focused on execution.
The killer possession? Down three with a chance to tie, Trevor Ariza missed Bradley Beal coming off of a screen on the inbounds. Maybe Beal’s route wasn’t correct for the play. But Ariza, the nine-year vet, missed on the pass. Turnover, game over.
On a one-second inbound play out of a timeout, Drew Gooden was forced to heave a desperation three. It was an airball.
Nene played just three minutes and 26 seconds, and didn’t play at all in that fourth quarter.
It’s definitely true that the “geezers,” as they’re called, on the Washington bench helped build the lead in the third quarter. They finished with strong overall games, but to point to just Wall and Beal — who honestly were the only young players on the Wizards to get time on Sunday — as the reason they lost is a misnomer. The Wizards lost becMilner has lauded Adrian for filling in during the absence of Alisson.The Spaniard did not lose a single Premier League game after the Brazilian went down injured on the opening game.And Milner says it is a luxury to have two quality goalkeepers.”I tause the Pacers outplayed them, out-executed them, out-hustled them.
Wall’s inexperience and decision-making was challenged just as Harrington, Nene and Miller’s athleticism was. It was a cumulative effort that spanned veterans and young guns that lead to a collective failure.
History says that the Wizards will rue this game, and look back on that fourth quarter where their playoff run truly ended. But don’t let people tell you this was about a young team learning the hard lessons of playoff play. The Wizards aren’t a young team, they’re a veteran team with two young players (three if , who was great for them in the first round, gets to play). They had veteran leadership to lean on in Game 4.
It wasn’t enough.