The Washington Wizards lost 136-104 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. Here are five observations from the game...
Not good: The hits keep on coming for the Wizards, who are off to an atrocious 1-5 start to begin this season. Some of their losses have been close, or to really good teams, but this one classified as neither. The Wizards simply got their tails kicked and by a Clippers team that probably won't be in the playoffs this spring.
The Clippers do not boast any stars, and may lack highlight reel talent, but they have a lot of blue-collar, gritty players. The Wizards have stars, but lack what the Clippers have. As they have shown in recent years, the Wizards are susceptible to teams just like L.A.
The Clippers pushed them around. They were the aggressors. And the Wizards didn't offer much resistance whatsoever.
Terrible defense: The Wizards entered this game as the worst defensive team in basketball based on points allowed and they lived up to that standard against the Clippers. The Wizards couldn't stop anyone on the Clippers. Really, anyone.
Nine different Clippers players reached double figures. They shot 54.4 percent from the field and, somehow, even better from three. L.A. knocked down 55.2 percent of their looks from long range, 16-for-29 to be exact.
The Clippers had 35 assists. The only other team to do that to the Wizards since 2015 is the Warriors.
It was just a disaster of a defensive effort. Of all the issues the Wizards have early this year, and there are many, their inability to get stops is the most troubling. Dwight Howard can't fix it all by himself.
Otto looks lost: The nightmare start to Otto Porter Jr.'s season continued on Sunday, as he managed only six points on nine shots in 30 minutes of work. He did grab five boards and added two steals and two assists, but it was another night where Porter was a complete non-factor on offense.
Through six games, Porter is now averaging 9.8 points per game while shooting just 41.1 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from three. He just has not been himself.
If this continues, it will be fair to wonder if Porter is dealing with an injury. This level of ineffectiveness is very uncharacteristic for him. Yeah, he won't blow up for 30 points all that often. But to score 11 total points over the past two games is quite strange.
Clippers caught them slipping: The Wizards came out in the first half with a listless performance, particularly on defense, and the Clippers took advantage. While Washington played sleepy, they got ambushed by L.A.'s bench.
Mike Scott, who played with the Wizards last season, popped off for eight quick points in the first half and finished with 11.
Montrezl Harrell's aggressive and physical style was a perfect contrast to the Wizards' dispirited defense. He came out and hit his first five shots, many of them just hustle plays around the uncontested rim.
Morris shaken up: Markieff Morris nearly missed this game with flu-like symptoms. He was only cleared after getting evaluated as a gametime decision.
Just 13 minutes into his night, he had more problems. While on defense, Morris took an elbow on the chin from Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari. Morris immediately dropped to the ground and laid there for a series of plays before trainers helped him up and off the court to the locker room.
Morris was ruled out for the rest of the game during halftime as he was checked for a concussion. It was easy to see why, as Morris could barely walk on his own after taking the hit and appeared out of it. He left with zero points in 13 minutes.
Concussions can be tricky. If he did have one, that could certainly put Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies in jeopardy. The good news is that the Wizards do not play again after that until Friday.
With Howard already out, Morris' absence is a big deal. That's both of the Wizards' starting big men.
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