Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza realizes this hasn’t been the Wizards’ season, and it’s not getting much better.
“We did not do what we have been doing these past few games,” he said after the Wizards lost to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in their last game prior to the All-Star break. “Today was a result of us not taking care of our business and we let one slip away.”
Ariza hasn’t been sitting idly by, and has gotten the job done for the Wizards whenever his time is called. He obviously needs to do more things on the court, but ditto for the rest of his teammates. He’s averaging, in his eighth NBA season, 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. His field goal shooting is 39.5 percent and, like any forward, he can’t be content until it gets well over 40.
The Wizards suffer in many areas, including shooting percentages.
Ariza’s coach, Randy Wittman, realizes the Wizards are still headed into being one of the worst teams in the league for yet another season. But he hasn’t given up on this season yet. “We are still doing a lot of good things leading into this,” Wittman said. “We have to go into this break, recharge our batteries, and come out on Tuesday and end this thing in one game.”
The Wizards are coming close, but the mark of a good team and a poor one in the NBA is winning the close games. Coming close doesn’t count. The Wizards, despite being 15-36, have had a lot of close ones.
That said, Ariza and the Wizards need to play better defense, and they basically deserve being where they’re at.