New Year, Washington Wizards Lose In Old Fashion
If nothing else, the Washington Wizards are consistent. You know what you are going to get from them just about every time they take the floor. Usually, being consistent is a good thing. Not in the case of the Wizards. They continue to mentally collapse for extended periods of games, ending in constant defeat.
Randy Whittman can’t shake these bad teams. As coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, he was head coach for teams bound for the NBA Lottery. At some point a quality general manager will recognize that Whittman just might not be the guy to lead your basketball team out of the abyss. If you are not concentrating on winning, he is your man. The Wizards young players continue to look lost for long stretches of time, at some point you have to lay some fault on the man responsible for leading your team.
Mental errors doom the Wizards just as much as their struggles on offense. In the game against the Dallas Mavericks they entered the 3rd quarter with only 4 turnovers. By the end of the game they had committed 14, most times during consecutive trips down the floor. Let us not forget about the quick shots players like Kevin Seraphin love to take without running the offense. It appears that young Seraphin believes he should shoot the ball any time he touches it within his range. Seems like Jordan Crawford has been rubbing off on him.
Whittman has to find a way to get through to his players. In order to do that, he has to be willing to change his approach as well. First, he has to stop going away from what is working for the team until it isn’t working any more. The Wizards came out playing their most inspired game since they defeated the Miami Heat , against the Mavericks. You rarely saw the same five that started the game on that high note out on the floor together for extended minutes after that 1st quarter. Crawford came in the game and clearly didn’t have it in the 2nd half yet, Whittman stuck with him instead of playing Bradley Beal, Martell Webster, and Garrett Temple together as he had in the 1st half when they had built up a lead as great as 14 at one point. Whittman needs to become a better in game manager and adjuster.
Consistency has doomed the Wizards so far this season. In order to change their fortunes, breaking that consistency is the only option.