Until Wizards can win on road, nothing really changes

Until Wizards can win on road, nothing really changes
March 17, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Amid the warm feeling that spread around the Wizards locker room after they’d won their fourth consecutive home game, Martell Webster brought things down to earth for a moment.

The Wizards begin a four-game road trip Monday at the Charlotte Bobcats (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

For all of their strides -- Webster’s 45.3% three-point shooting (third in NBA), John Wall’s growth as a point guard, Bradley Beal’s success as a rookie and an 18-17 home record -- they've yet to conquer the road. The Wizards play at the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday (10), at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday (10:30) and at the Golden State Warriors next Sunday (10:30).  

All games will be televised live on CSN.

“It’s a game of will. Mind over matter. We have something to prove to ourselves, not anybody else,” said Webster, who had a career-high 34 points in a 127-105 rout of the Suns at home Saturday. “Terrible road record. We need to go out there and make some noise on the road.”

Riding a three-game winning streak, the Wizards are taking care of the ball better than they have all season. They had 13 turnovers vs. the Milwaukee Bucks, 12 vs. the New Orleans Hornets and 10 vs. the Suns.

Fourth-quarter turnovers is an area where the Wizards have faltered away from home. They last won a road game Feb. 25 at the Toronto Raptors.

Wall's play will determine if they can fix that. 

“We’ve got to be the same team. When you’re not a home and don’t have your crowed behind your back you have to really get into each other, trust each other,” Wall said. “That’s what we got to do is keep playing. We’d be into games.

“The main thing on the road is to not turn the ball over. When we turn the ball over too much on the road, we get ourselves out of lots of games.”