Washington couldn’t break free last night in Denver in a 97-87 road loss to the Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 29 points and 12 rebounds in a dominating performance. Andray Blatche scored a team high 23 and Alonzo Gee scored a career high 13 in defeat.
One question you might be asking right about now is “who is Alonzo Gee?” Gee, a 6’6″ rookie guard out of the D-League, is now on his second 10-day contract with the Wizards according to the Washington Post’s Michael Lee. He set a career high 10 points two nights ago in Utah during garbage time and followed it last night with 13 points in Denver over a full game.
Gee can shoot from the perimeter, sky for boards, and isn’t afraid to drive to the hoop. However, he can’t knock down free throws as well and his defense is questionable. Of course, going in for Al Thornton and trying to defend Carmelo Anthony is no easy task.
The Wizards led the Nuggets 45-39 at halftime, and aside from Blatche’s 16 points, Thornton had a nice start with 9 and Gee, who was given early minutes last night, had 5. On the other side, Anthony had 14, but the Nuggets didn’t have anyone else going strong. Things changed in the third as Nene joined Anthony with 8 points a piece. A 9-2 Nuggets run led to a 52-51 Wizards deficit, Washington’s first of the night, with 7:49 left to play in the quarter, and by the end of three Denver had a slim 65-63 lead.
In the fourth, Denver’s bench woke up. J.R. Smith scored 13 points and Anthony Carter scored 5, while Anthony scored another 7. Nene continued his solid second half play and the Nuggets slowly edged the Wizards out. However, the Wizards stayed competitive until yet another injury scare all but sealed their fate.
Down 79-74 with only 5:40 left in regulation, Blatche fell awkwardly after planting his left foot down on an opposing player’s foot. Blatche’s turned ankle was bad enough to keep him out for the rest of the game, although he was willing to come back on a taped ankle. Blatche is expected to be taped up and ready for Friday’s contest against Portland, but be sure to check any NBA Fantasy reports prior to the game if he is vital to your Fantasy line-up.
One has to imagine the absence of Blatche from last night’s game certainly did not help Washington’s chances of breaking their now nine game skid, and if Blatche can’t play Friday, expect to see an unprecedented 24th starting five for the Wizards. And all of this on the night that Josh Howard has successful surgery on his knee. What a tough season for Washington.
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