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Todays WTF corner: Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards suffered another uninspiring loss. The team that underachieves failed again to hold onto a lead. This drops their record to a disappointing 10-20. This is well below the preseason expectations and is obviously disappointing to the fans and the team officials. The team which for years has been known as a poor defensive team proved yet again why they are called that, They couldn’t stop anyone on the OKC Thunder. As Coach Flip Saunders put it in his post game rant

“This team, for the last five years, has been known as the worst defensive teams [in the NBA],” he began after Tuesday’s nasty home loss to the Oklahoma Thunder. “We couldn’t stop anybody out there. We could have taken five guys in this [media] room out here, they would have had a chance. They had 46 uncontested shots. I mean, I’ve never seen that, ever, in a game. That team is playing a lot better, but that’s not the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Los Angeles Lakers or those teams yet.

“I said to you guys before the game, until our guys decide that it hurts when teams score on you, we’ve got no chance. We’re kidding ourselves. We can say we’re two games out of the playoffs or whatever…[but] I didn’t come here to make the playoffs, I came here to try to win a championship. And we need a total mindset change of how we’re going to go about doing that. And until we have that–and that’s from everybody, from staff to players–and everyone’s totally committed to that, we’re gonna have games like this where we’re gonna hang around, hang around, and then when it comes time to make some stops, you don’t have the ability to do it, you’re gonna lose games.

“Whether its lineup change, hey, it’s all up in the air right now. I’m frustrated….I feel bad for the people who came to the game and had to watch, let’s put it like that. Because we’ve got a responsibility, as professional athletes, as entertainers, to go out on the floor and perform at a high level, especially at home, in front of your home fans. Hey, I mean, the last game, Philadelphia at home, we had to take the starting lineup out and put the other guys in to get juiced up.

“So we’ll come back to practice in two days, and spots will be open for whoever it is. If guys don’t like it, that’s fine, but that’s the way it’s gonna be. Because I’m not gonna sit there, stand there and look at that any more. Through 30 games, you evaluate through 30 games where you’re at, and right now, the way it’s going, it ain’t getting done more our zone got us back in the game, then they scored a couple times on zone, guys want to come out of the zone to play man to man. They can’t guard anybody. You know, I think I can go out there on that floor and take anybody on our team one-on-one, 52 years old, and drive right around them….

“We’ve got to wake up. As I told them, don’t ever think it can’t get any worse, because it can. There’s no question, it can.”

Flip makes many valid points, this team needs to toughen up and figure out that there starting jobs aren’t set in stone, its time for the team to hopefully get defensive help at the deadline, its time for the team to as popular term goes “Blow it up” and trade one of the big 3 (preferably Caron Butler) , and its time for us to get a serviceable NBA bench. The Wizards bench got a combined 52 minutes of playing time and only managed to get 8 points, they were a combined 2-18 on shooting which to any NBA team is pathetic. Hopefully when the team “Blows it up” we can get bench help because NBA journeymen like Freddie Oberto, Deshawn Stevenson, and Earl Boykins aren’t gonna lead our team to playoff glory.  Our team is still only 2 games back from the number 8 spot in the playoffs so it’s not like we are out of it, but its time for the Wizards to wake up and go play some ball.


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