By Dave Johnson
There was not much to talk about after the Washington Wizards 92-84 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Randy Wittman’s post-game chat with reporters lasted all of three questions because there was only one decisive factor in the game.
For the second game in a row the Wizards had too many turnovers. A game after stumbling through with 20 turnovers against the Sacramento Kings, the Wizards gave the ball to the 76ers 19 times. The 76ers had 15 points on the Wizards 19 turnovers. The Wizards only had 6 points off 11 turnovers by the 76ers. In an eight-point game, that was the difference.
Here is today’s Wizards Report:
“You have nights like this. We have to figure out as a team when you have a bad night how you keep playing. Don’t put your head down, don’t sulk, don’t feel sorry for yourself. You’re going to have nights. If a teammate screws up, didn’t help you on a certain play, we can’t slump our shoulders and put our head down.”
“I have to tell you, nobody is going to play a perfect game. It ain’t going to happen, it never will, it never has, but we have to fix it the next time. That as a team we have to do on the floor it can’t wait until a timeout. I think we went through a period there where we had some screw-ups, but we looked at each other like, “Hey, next time get me some help and get it fixed so it doesn’t happen again.”
The Wizards did play through the sloppiness and with 1:41 pulled to within five points on an Emeka Okafor slam dunk to make it 89-84. It happened on one of the better executed half-court sets for the Wizards who struggled all night with ball movement. It was game marred by bad passes and poor movement off the ball.
“I think they [Sixers] did a great job in getting in the passing lanes and did a good job of getting their hands on it. We had open opportunities to make shots. I don’t think we converted them, but we did a great job of taking them. Then we just didn’t do a great job of stopping them when we had an opportunity to make our runs.”
Emeka Okafor is becoming an automatic double-double. He finished with 15 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocked shots. There is nothing spectacular about how Okafor goes about racking up these impressive numbers. It is old fashioned hard work.
Bradley Beal missed the game with a sore right wrist. He had the wrist examined in New York earlier in the day, but only has a sprain. Garrett Temple started in place of Beal with Wittman wanting to use Jordan Crawford for an offensive boost coming off the bench.
Final word from John Wall:
“I think we just haven’t been doing a good job of the way we’ve been playing. We’re still taking the good shots we got, but we aren’t making them, but sometimes they will fall and sometimes they are not. A little bit too many turnovers, and forcing the issue, but we have a day off to practice and stuff to try to get our rhythm back."