Wizards Report November 11Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
For the Washington Wizards it' is no longer about slow starts, but complete games after Saturday's 89-85 loss to the Indiana Pacers. More to the point the Wizards are struggling to finish what they start. Here is today's report: LISTEN:NOV11_WIZARDS_REPORT Closing Quarters: 1st quarter--The Wizards built a six-point lead in the first quarter only to have the Pacers close the quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 23-22 lead. 2nd quarter--With a 1:04 left in the first half the Wizards enjoyed a 49-42 advantage, but then Pacers closed the second quarter on another 7-0 run to tie the game at the break. 4rth quarter--To the Wizards credit they played through an 87-80 deficit with only 1:44 left to make it a two-point game with 36 seconds left. The Wizards had a chance to tie but Trevor Booker's jump hook from the right block was short. The real problem for the Wizards was the rest of the quarter when they committed five turnovers and only shot 31 percent from the field. In short for the Wizards there were missed opportunities to seize full control of the game Head coach Randy Wittman: “We’re right there again. Just kind of the little things in games like this . . . We didn’t close out the second quarter. I think it was 47-40 and we have to come with a lead. We give them the last shot when we should have taken the last shot. We shoot too soon and they come down and hit a three. There’s three more points that they shouldn’t have. We, from a stats standpoint, take care of the ball. Twelve turnovers, six of them were in the fourth quarter. To win close games you can’t have six turnovers in the fourth quarter.” A'J. Price: We’re making good strides as a team. We’re in every game, which I guess is like a gift and a curse. You’d like to win some games. We’re in every game, so it is just little things that we need to correct. (What’s missing?) It’s just execution down the stretch. That’s what we haven’t been doing yet and that falls on me. It falls on the point guard. The point guard has to get us in the right sets and make sure we get a shot up. (The team seems to be playing hard?) That’s a positive that we have. We have a never-say-die attitude. We never quit. We continue to play hard throughout the whole game. As long as we do that it has to turn for us.” No Charity: For the second time in three games the Wizards only attempted seven free throws. This is not an indictment on refereeing, but more an indication of the Wizards need to attack the basket. The Wizards low for free three attempts is five set in a game against the New Jersey Nets back in April of 1999. It's a start: For the second straight game the Wizards starting five was productive. Four of the five Wizards starters were in double figures scoring with Emeka Okafor and Bradley Beal each scoring 17 points. A.J. Price continues to assert control over the point guard position and finished with 12 points and 14 assists without a turnover. Problem numbers: The Wizards were out-rebounded by the Pacers 48-40 and lost the fast break category 7-6.
The Wizards are still searching for their first win after a night in Charlotte where the Wizards could not find their offense in 92-76 loss to the Bobcats. Here is today’s report: LISTEN: WIZARDS_REPORT_NOV14-1 The Wizards attempt to change their course on what so far has resulted in a 0-6 season