Second-half letdown bothers Martell Webster

Second-half letdown bothers Martell Webster
March 9, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Given the Wizards had just won for the eighth time in nine games, and Martell Webster led the bench with 15 points, he should've been pleased. He wasn't. Webster had missed two games with a sore back and was key in holding off the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. But they didn't win, as coach Randy Wittman would call it, "the right way."

The problem was after scoring a season-high 75 points in the first half and leading by as many as 28, the Wizards (33-29) only produced 39 points in the second half against the NBA's worst team. 

The ball stopped moving. John Wall had seven turnovers. He gambled too much for steals and allowed Ramon Sessions in the lane in the second half. Milwaukee's zone defense caused them to just freeze.

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"It's unfortunate that we've got to learn a lesson from this game. It's no disrespect to that team that's over there," said Webster. "Milwaukee is in a dysfunctional state. These are games we're supposed to win by a large margin. In this league, you have to kick them when they're down. Those are the games we're supposed to win probably by as much as we're up in the first half. We can't shoot ourselves in the foot."

The Miami Heat are up Monday, and they play an aggressive style that traps the ball on the pick-and-roll. That might lead to them being more in tune but Wall will have to be more precise. A long drought such as the one vs. Milwaukee will not only put an end to the Wizards' five-game winning streak on the road but result in an embarrassment.