The Washington Wizards have struggled at home all season. On Wednesday, the team lost at home to the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-85. This loss moves the Wizards down to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The team has been unable to find rhythm at home so far, and it could end up hurting any chance of playoff success.
The Wizards allowed the Bobcats to take complete control of the game in the fourth quarter by making stupid fouls and careless plays. John Wall had five fouls, and Randy Wittman received a late-game technical foul, giving Kemba Walker the opportunity to capitalize on a four-point play, which gave Charlotte a multiple possession lead late in the game. Poor home game performances against lesser opponents keep haunting Washington.
Washington’s problem is not playing consistent team basketball. Too many times, Washington players play individual basketball, and Wednesday night against the Bobcats was a great example of this. The team was picked apart by Charlotte’s offense, led by Al Jefferson, and was unable to put together any type of response.
Oftentimes when trailing at home, the Wizards appear to be panicked, which is when the individual type of basketball is most prevalent. Against Charlotte, Washington scored 19 points in the fourth quarter. Wall was also held scoreless in the fourth quarter. He also only had four assists, which is about five less than his game average.
Before the playoffs start, Washington needs to stop breaking down at home against lesser opponents. Washington is now 3-9 at home when trailing after halftime and and 0-11 at home when trailing after the third quarter.