The numbers don't lie. In four of the Wizards' five losses, they've allowed 114, 112, 113 and 114 points. They've lost all but one game and the reason is similar to what took place during a 41-41 campagin in 2015-16.
The defensive lapses and blown coverages tend to multiply, and in Monday's loss to the Houston Rockets it was the starters who were more culpable than the second unit that has come under fire for its disconnected play.
"Nobody is happy," said Bradley Beal. "Everyone's emotions are a little high. Everybody is made. We are 1-5. We did not expect to be like this. We just have to figure it out."
One of the best scoring and shooting teams in the NBA won the same way the Orlando Magic (not a good shooting team) did in the fourth quarter on Saturday. The Rockets lit up the Wizards from long range with 17-for-37 on threes (45.9%) and 41 of 79 overall (51.9%).
"I thought we came out with good defensive intensity that gave us that early lead," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "In order to win an NBA basketball game you have to be able to do it for 48 minutes. We have not been able to do that, put it together in it's entirety. Defensive disposition is the No. 1 thing we have to continue to focus on. We've talked about it enough. We have to do it."
The Wizards led 30-23 after the first quarter and entered halftime ahead 56-47. Less than four minutes into the third quarter, it was down to one. Brooks kept an even tone when asked about the struggles his team had before tipoff, but that shifted after the game Monday night.
"We had fouls in the first half," he said. "You can go through an NBA season and probably not have that again. It's not good enough."