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Wizards 'embarrassed' by lopsided loss


Wizards 'embarrassed' by lopsided loss

When you own the worst record in the NBA and haven’t won a game since the exhibition season, fingers get pointed, blame gets placed, and fractures begin to show inside locker room walls.

Following Monday night’s lopsided 118-92 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Monday night – the Wizards’ worst of the season – the noise coming out of the home locker room at Verizon Center was predictably unpleasant.

This is what 0-12 sounds like:

Martell Webster: “We’re all embarrassed, plain and simple. Our all-around effort was not up to par. We have to be better. There are no excuses. There’s nothing I can say. Overall, it was embarrassing.”

Bradley Beal: “The game of basketball was invented to just play and have fun. You can see [the Spurs] having fun. You see us, we’re down, we’re mopey, we’re pouting, everything. We’re not together as a unit.”

More Bradley Beal: “Mentally is what’s killing us. Once we get down or a team makes a run, we’re like, ‘Aw, man. Game’s over.’ You gotta keep battling and fight through it. You go through adversity every single game.”

Coach Randy Wittman: “Nobody in this league feels sorry for us, so we can’t add to the problem and feel sorry for ourselves.”

The Wizards got a lesson on how to play winning basketball from a team that has been doing it for years with guys like Tony Parker (15 points), Tim Duncan (14 points) and Manu Ginobili (12 points).

But they weren’t the only Spurs in double figures. Seven different Spurs scored 11 or more points as the Spurs shot 56.3 percent from the field and 56.5 percent from 3-point range.

By comparison, the Wizards had five players in double figures while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range. The Spurs had 32 assists; the Wizards had 14.

“I would like for us to be able to play like that one day,” Wittman said.

And so would thousands of Wizards fans still waiting for their first victory of the season. Maybe that elusive first win will come Wednesday night when the 6-8 Portland Trail Blazers pay a visit to Verizon Center.

The Wizards are hoping to have Nene back for that game after the big center sat out Monday’s game with soreness in his left foot after playing 29 minutes in Saturday’s double-overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

“It was mutual that is was probably best to sit out than go out there feeling the way he did," Wittman said. "We’ll see what another day [of rest] does for him and see about Wednesday. This is like a training camp for him and his body’s pretty beat up and sore.”

The Wizards are also hoping to get point guard Shaun Livingston back in the lineup after losing him to a right shoulder injury on Saturday. Livingston said he suffered the injury when he took a face plant while diving for a loose ball Saturday night. Livingston also had a tooth jarred loose on the play.

The Wizards could use all the healthy bodies they can get right now, but point guard A.J. Price said he’s not going to get into the debate of what the Wizards’ record might if John Wall and Nene were in the lineup.

“I don’t want to get into that,” Price said. “They’re not back right now, we’re not at full strength and we won’t be tomorrow or the next game, so we need to figure out what we have and how to make it work.”

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Oklahoma star freshman Trae Young to enter NBA Draft

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Oklahoma star freshman Trae Young to enter NBA Draft

After a sensational freshman season at the University of Oklahoma, point guard Trae Young plans to enter the 2018 NBA Draft, according to a report by ESPN.

Young will be one of the most fascinating prospects in this class given the extreme highs and lows of his one college season. He vaulted into the top 10 in most mock drafts after beginning his freshman year on fire, but then began to slip over the final months as his shooting percentage dropped.


Right now the Wizards are lined up to be in the late teens, so it's unlikely he falls to their range. But at this point it's difficult to predict where he will go, whether that is top five or later in the lottery.

It really could go either way. Some teams may see him as a Steph Curry-like scorer who can hit shots from unusually deep range. There were certainly times where Young backed up those comparisons.

Teams could see his flaws as a result of opposing defenses honing in on him because they could at the college level. In the NBA he may have more space and therefore be able to play to his strengths.


Or, teams could look at the fact he shot 36.1 percent from three on a whopping 10.2 attempts per game as a sign he is a chucker. He also led the nation in turnovers, commiting 24 more than the next guy. Young averaged 5.2 giveaways per game.

While Curry is the best-case scenario, Jimmer Fredette may be the worst-case. Fredette was the 10th overall pick in 2011 and now plays in China. 

Young will be an intriguing prospect in the draft because the ceiling is high and the basement is low. 

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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