HOUSTON -- The initiator of the closed-door, players-only meeting -- Jared Dudley -- is optimistic that the Wizards can get themselves right tonight even if it's against the Rockets who are struggling to stay above .500 in the West.
The only way to tell, of course, is once the game tips off at Toyota Center (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET).
"For us it was holding each other accountable which every team needs to do," said Dudley, who called the meeting after a 117-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets at home Thursday, after Saturday morning's shootaround. "Being able to make in-game adjustments without getting too emotional where you're down 10, where you're not mentally engaged. .... Even when we go through adversity to pull through it and to be more positive than bringing each other down or negative tone. It's positivity, holding each other accountable and get back to having fun. You have fun by playing well and winning."
It's his first year with the Wizards (20-24) and the first full season with this team for Ramon Sessions, who was acquired in a trade late last year.
"It sounds good when you're in the locker room talking about it," Sessions said. "You got to do it on the court. We'll see what happens tonight. We had a good talk. Guys understand what they need to do."
Bradley Beal, who has been through a players-only meeting with this team before when Trevor Ariza called one in 2013 when the Wizards began 2-7, looked at the bright side. Ariza is now with Houston (25-24).
"We ended it on a good note" Beal said. "Today is one of the best shootarounds we've had in terms of our focus and energy and being locked in a ready to go."
That Beal and John Wall, the best players and both self-proclaimed leaders of the Wizards, didn't call the meeting is worth noting. For the second time in three years, it was a role player who had to do it.
Maybe they'll get more assertive with more experience but they're clearly not there yet in this stage of their development.