Jeff Green (basketball)

Wizards decked by Spurs, 129-112

San Antonio Spurs v Washington Wizards

Sam Dekker was on the court as part of the Washington Wizards’ rotation, looking up at the night’s biggest problem.

During the first quarter of the Wizards’ 129-112 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, a shot had missed so badly on San Antonio’s end that the ball ricocheted off the rim and came to rest atop the basket. While others retreated, Dekker remained on that end of the court. He was handed an extra Spalding to toss at the game ball. His throw, however, only knocked the ball into a wedge between the shot clock and the back of the basket.

The Capital One Arena crowd laughed, Dekker smiled toward his applauding teammates while spreading his arms in a sign of surrender. Still,...