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Wizards trying to stay positive amid blowout losses

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It is one thing to lose and lose often, as the Wizards have done lately by dropping seven of their last eight games and, for the first time this season, four straight. It is especially disheartening to lose the way the Wizards have over the past week.

In these last four losses, three of them have seen the Wizards go down by 25 points or more. They are getting blasted by teams in ways that add insult to injury. Some of these games have been over early in the second half, with the Wizards just wearing it until the final buzzer.

Losing as they have has to be demoralizing. No one likes to be flat-out embarrassed, especially professional athletes with plenty of pride in what they do.

Head coach Wes Unseld Jr. is hopeful his players can keep their heads up as they aim to dig themselves out of this midseason hole.

"It's difficult. It's one of those things where you have to remind these guys how good we were and how good we're capable of being," Unseld Jr. said.

"It's not the end of the world. We're 15-15 and we haven't played well over the last couple of weeks at all. So, in light of that we're still in a decent place with a lot of games to play. We have opportunities to turn it around."

Unseld Jr. alluded to the fact the Wizards did themselves some favors by starting the season 10-3. That's the reason they are still .500 despite losing 12 of their last 17 games.

 

If they hadn't packed away some wins early on, they would be in a much different situation in the standings. Still, it's a discouraging stretch and Montrezl Harrell, for one, doesn't see the need to sugarcoat it.

The veteran big man had a series of blunt comments about his team's current plight.

"Nobody's going to feel bad for us. Teams are going to continue to just keep beating our [expletive] until we figure it out," he said.

On the subject of keeping up morale, he added: "Honestly, I don't know, brother. If you really have to keep your spirits up and get fired up and energized to play this game of basketball that you get paid millions of dollars to do, brother, then I don't know. Honestly, you might be in the wrong sport."

Over these last eight games - which the Wizards have lost seven of them - opponents are outscoring them by 11.9 points on average. They have lost their last four games by an average of 16.3 points per contest.

Remember when the Wizards came back from their COVID-19 outbreak in January of the 2020-21 season and had no chance in their first four games? They lost by an average of 18.3 points per game, so this isn't far off.

Unseld Jr. remarked how the schedule is not doing the Wizards any favors. He's right. Thursday night was the second night of a back-to-back and they had to play at the Suns, who hold the second-best record in the NBA.

Next they go to Utah to play the Jazz, who beat the Wizards by 25 points this past weekend. The game after that, they see the Brooklyn Nets, who own the best record in the East and beat the Wizards by 14 back in October, when the Wizards were actually playing well.

It's not a fun time for the Wizards, but they have no choice but to find a way out.