The failure to communicate in a new system is responsible for some of the Wizards' turnovers, after their second embarrassing performance in a row when they had 26 turnovers in a loss at the Atlanta Hawks. But it's a cop-out to continually blame it on that and even John Wall has acknowledge that much.
The Wizards' backcourt of Wall and Bradley Beal were on different pages in a 114-99 loss Saturday, and when that happens the turnovers become contagious. They're the two primary ballhandlers who set the tone.
"Not being in the right positions a couple times when we drove baseline, the guy supposed to be drifting to the corner. He wasn't there," Wall said afterwards.
It happened at least twice on Wall's seven turnovers. He drove into the paint and was expecting Beal to continue sliding to the deep corner. Instead, Beal stopped and it was a throwaway. That was turnover No. 12. Beal led the way with eight turnovers before exiting the game with a left shoulder injury.
Given that this is a new offense, moments like this have been explained away since the preseason. Having 50 turnovers in their last two regular-season games, including 24 in Friday's 118-98 loss at the Boston Celtics, is inexcusable.
"Some of them, just careless turnovers. Some of them you give credit to their defense for getting deflections and being in the right situations and making gambles," Wall said. "We showed what it can do when we do it the right way. We also showed how bad it can be when we don't do it the right way.
"Some of the turnovers we have have nothing to do with the process. It's just knowing simple basketball."