The losses are still piling up for the Washington Wizards. What can go wrong, does. What shouldn’t go wrong, does. Injuries, overtime defeats, in game calls, no good. It is a sad state of affairs when you have more overtime losses (5) than you do total wins (4). The worst part of it all, the Wizards are usually in games down to the end, with a few exceptions.
Randy Whittman seems to be at a loss every time his team makes a highly questionable decision, which is often. Whether it be an ill advised shot or pass, all you see is Whittman’s arms go above his head as if saying, “I give up, I don’t know what to do anymore.”
The problem with this team, more than anything else, is basketball IQ. The Wizards have players with questionable decision making skills making questionable plays at the questionable times far to often. It gets to the point that overcoming these blunders make it difficult to pull out a win at the end of most of these losses that they have endured. Already playing without your starting point guard, back up point guard, best wing defender, and high energy role player, the Wizards have to play nearly mistake free basketball every night. They usually only end up giving you about a half of game of inspired play and miscue their way through the rest of the game.
This team simply has to dig deep and find a way to start winning some of these games. Future player psyche is at stake here. Maybe asking a team minus a few important players to compete with the upper echelon of the NBA is a bit much but most of the league, is there to be had. Coming close and putting up a good fight should not be good enough anymore. Being known as the team that will fight you to the final whistle should not be acceptable. If players decide on their own to ignore the team concept while on the floor, practice or games, sit them down. Obviously the work being put in today is now all about the future. That goes for players and coaches.
Until John Wall returns, the Wizards are unsure of what they have. From the looks of it, even Wall won’t be able to mask the truth about this team. A lot of development needs to be done with the younger players. So while they are out there on the floor until his return, almost winning should not be accepted. Being content with playing a team tough should be looked down upon. Winning starts in the mind. In sports, moral victories count as losses.