Strong defense is the foundation when the Wizards win. Against an angry Cleveland Cavaliers team that just fired general manager Chris Grant, the Wizards failed to deliver the proper defensive approach in a 115-113 loss.
John Wall scores 32 points, but in a losing effort.
The Wizards had 29 assists on 43 made field goals. That is efficient basketball. The loss was not about offense.
“It was as bad of a performance from a defensive standpoint, had nothing to do with making shots. It had a lot to do with how they got those shots that they made. The effort we put in to defend it. And when you try to do that, you take that part of the game off, because you think you might be able to get away with doing that, and not having to exert on both ends of the floor. This is what happens. And we’ve talked about it. I’ve got to figure something new out obviously, that falls on my shoulders. We’ll try it.”
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Big picture the Wizards have made progress, but Friday's loss served as a maddening reminder of the work that still needs to be done. In short the Wizards seem to be stuck. They have demonstrated an ability to compete with some of the NBA's best team. What is missing is the consistency needed to become a part of the NBA elite.