Washington Wizards Drop Another Home Game Against Houston Rockets
Washington Wizards have quickly put themselves in a hole to start the season, falling to 1-5 after another loss to the Houston Rockets.
One of these days, the Washington Wizards are going to flip the switch. But they might not.
Last year, everyone – at least those within the organization and the fans – was hoping and believing that Washington would simply turn it around after a rough start. The team finished .500 and missed the NBA Playoffs.
Washington’s bench has been inconsistent and the team’s highest paid player, Bradley Beal, has yet to put “it” together.
On Saturday night, the Wizards dropped a winnable game on the road against the Orlando Magic. Washington had gained a double-digit advantage, but squandered it in the fourth quarter and their effort to come back was all for naught.
The team had a chance to gain some momentum during John Wall‘s absence – the All-Star point guard won’t play back-to-back games due to his rehab – and didn’t take advantage of the potential opportunity.
On Monday, Wall returned and the Wizards took on the Houston Rockets – who were equally disappointing this past season.
Even with Wall on the court, the results haven’t been pretty for Washington.
Wall became the franchise all-time assist leader on Monday, but still took home another “L.”
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A new coach, a revamped bench and additional youth was supposed to spark Washington.
The team was supposed to be different this year. So far – and there’s no indication that things will change – it’s been more of the same.
Bradley Beal and Otto Porter both scored 20 points, with Wall adding 21.
Marcin Gortat missed two free throws in the closing moments, making it virtually impossible for the Washington Wizards to complete the comeback.
Those sort of mishaps have become common for Gortat, who’s missed several game-altering shots during closing moments this season. While his numbers have been up, he’s been disappointing when it matters most.
Kelly Oubre contributed with 10 points off the bench. He was the only member of the second unit who did anything noteworthy. Marcus Thornton missed 8 of his 10 shot attempts. Jason Smith was largely invisible as well. Perhaps it’s time to make a change.
Really, there doesn’t seem to be a fix to the Washington Wizards’ problems. They’ve been poor defensively and it’s not like they’re going to wake up with better players tomorrow morning. This is what they have.
Wall was ejected from the game late in the fourth quarter. He picked up two technical fouls.
The frustration is naturally starting to increase. A 1-5 record will do that.
Washington will meet the Boston Celtics at home on Wednesday. The schedule isn’t getting any easier going forward.