A 24-point comeback to beat the Clippers is just what the Wizards needed. Entering the Tuesday night home game, there was no hotter NBA topic than the Wizards' locker room tension.
In the early going, the Wizards' on-court struggles continued. Washington trailed by 19 at the end of the first quarter and saw the deficit grow to 24 midway through the second. With Scott Brooks and his players peering into the abyss, they took a stand.
The Wizards outscored the Clippers by ten in the third quarter and 16 in the fourth. The entire team responded when they needed it most. Coach Brooks is hoping the pre-Thanksgiving victory is exactly what will put the locker room drama in the past.
"Everybody said their piece and you know, it's time to move on and it's time to play better basketball," the head coach said during his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan's the Sports Junkies, which simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington.
"Everybody said their piece and you know, it's time to move on and it's time to play better basketball."— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) November 21, 2018
The drama is behind the Wizards according to head coach Scott Brooks.
For as matter-of-fact as Brooks wants to be about the practice incident, he still admits that the team is not even close to satisfied at the moment. Despite claiming that these sorts of blowups have happened every single season, the head coach admits this team has a long way to go.
"We're frustrated," Brooks admits. "Lets face it, we're not happy where we are. Everything is born out of frustration."
It's entirely reasonable that the team would be frustrated, as the Wizards are sitting at 6-11, good for 10th in the Eastern Conference. They'll need to find a way to pull together to make up several spots in the standings, and Brooks appears optimistic on that front.
"I think the guys need to move on. Hopefully they did."