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.”