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Morning tip: Brooks harps on Wizards' missing effort -- same as previous coach

Morning tip: Brooks harps on Wizards' missing effort -- same as previous coach

PHILADELPHIA — Scott Brooks tempers his words and emotions as well as any coach can be expected to when his team, which had playoff aspirations entering the season, is 2-8.

And that's even after the Wizards gave up 109 points in a loss to a one-win team in the Sixers, who have been the by far the league's worst in the past three years. 

Brooks, in his first season in Washington, chalked up Wednesday's loss in one word: Effort. Randy Wittman, who was fired at the end of a 41-41 season in 2015-16, mentioned it often. 

"They outplayed us in that first half," Brooks said of his team trailing 47-23 before making a run to trim it to 59-48 by halftime.

"There was a 12-minute period that we showed no resistance and it's unacceptable. ... That 12-minute stretch put us in the hole and we couldn't get out of it."

There are some eye-catching stats that speak to how the Sixers leveled the playing field on their way to leveling the Wizards: 50-38 edge in paint points, 54.5% field-goal shooting and 15-15 in transition. The Wizards were held to 15 points in the first quarter alone, a season low for a Sixers opponent in any period. 

"The only way you win in this league is by giving maximum effort every time  down the court, both ends of the floor," Brooks said. "There's some teams that can relax a psossession here and there because they've got mutliple All-Stars. We don't have that. We've got to play with maximum effort each time down the court otherwise it puts too much pressure on every possession to score. It's tough to do that. It's still early. I'm not down but I want some urgency. I have to find guys that are going to do that each time we put them in the game. It has to mean something."

Wittman woldn't be so diplomatic. He never hesitated to call his team "soft" for this kind of performance -- something he did mutliple times which ultimately led to his undoing. Brooks is more cognizant of trust betweeen players and coaches, but the underlying theme despite his new style compared to Wittman's traditional old-school approach. 

Brooks spoke highly of Marcus Thornton, who came off the bench in the first half while Sheldon McClellan started in place of Bradley Beal (right hamstring). Thornton began the third quarter with the starting uint. 

"I give Marcus a lot of credit. He battled. He competed. That's what you want. In this game, it's not a game of perfection.... It's a game of effort. He missed some shots but he played hard," Brooks said. " He blew up screens. He fought through screens, he chased down loose balls. He was running off his cuts. That's what you have to do. We have to figure out how we can get all of our guys doing that."

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Kelly Oubre turns into 'Spooky Papi' ahead of home-opener vs. Heat

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Kelly Oubre turns into 'Spooky Papi' ahead of home-opener vs. Heat

As the weather in Washington, D.C. drops below 60 degrees, most athletes typically arrive at their games in sweatsuits for comfort or suits for luxury. 

Kelly Oubre, on the other hand, is going full gothic for the Washington Wizards' home-opener against the Miami Heat. Oubre is the self-proclaimed "Wave Papi," but tonight he is giving off a vampire-slayer vibe.

Maybe he didn't get the memo that Halloween is roughly two weeks from now.

For the sake of it still being October, let's call him "Spooky Papi."

His black belts and buckles match his rockstar lifestyle, but the bloody, disfigured skull accessory is one of the most ridiculous things we've seen at Capital One Arena. Ever. 

Maybe there's a hidden meaning to it all, or maybe it's just yet another in a long line of Kelly Oubre fashion statements. 

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Dwight Howard ruled out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

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Dwight Howard ruled out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

Dwight Howard will not play in the Washington Wizards' season opener against the Miami Heat, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller has confirmed. The news was first reported by Chris Haynes.

Ian Mahinmi will start in his place as he did for a majority of the preseason. 

Howard, an eight-time All-Star, has been dealing with a butt-injury ever since joining Washington this summer. This resulted in him missing all of the team's preseason matchups. He only has practiced with the team for a couple of days this week

Earlier on Thursday morning, Howard was listed as questionable for this matchup.

Based on his absence during the preseason and limited work with the Wizards, Howard being out is not too surprising. If he would have played it likely would have been for limited minutes off of the bench. 

Best-case for the Wizards is to rest Howard who has only missed 20 regular season games in the previous three seasons. 

Howard is not that far off from starting his 15th season in the NBA. On Wednesday Scott Brooks said that Howard will travel on the first road trip with the team to the West Coast starting on Monday. 

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