LAS VEGAS -- After a listless performance in their last summer league game, the second of a back-to-back, there's no practice for the Wizards on Monday before they play their third game Tuesday vs. the Dallas Mavericks in hopes of salvaging a terrible first round.
They're depleted at guard, where they've lost Dez Wells and Toure' Murry. Roddy Beaubois was supposed to be part of this roster, too, but he fell off before mini-camp even began last week. Still, Sunday's 94-74 loss to the D-League Select team was unacceptable even by summer-league standards.
"They came out and played a lot harder than we did. We have to pick our effort up defensively," said Wizards assistant coach Howard Eisley, who alternates the lead role here with Roy Rogers and Pat Sullivan. "They did a good job of getting on the floor, getting a lot of the 50-50 balls. We struggled shooting the ball. When you don't make shots you have to be able to stay in it with your defense. We had far too many uncontested layups at the basket. We have to do a better job guarding the ball."
Last year, when the Wizards advanced to the final four of the tournament, they won their first three games. A loss to the Mavericks will make certain that they'll be going home sooner and play no more than five games here.
Kelly Oubre is the only player on the roster with a contract for the 2015-16 season. Aaron White, the Wizards' second-round draft pick, likely will play abroad.
Oubre, acquired in a first-round trade last month, hasn't shot well (13 of 37) but his athleticism and willingness to attack the rim has earned him 17 trips to the foul line. His defense has produced easy transition baskets.
But as praise goes, that's as good as it gets.
"You have to be able to play on the other end of the floor and create easy baskets," Eisley said of his team's 25% shooting vs. D-League Select and even worse shooting from three-point range. "Everything we're doing now is hard because we're not able to get stops, get out and run and get easy baskets."