Wake-up call: 'Selfish' plays returns to poison Wizards

Wake-up call: 'Selfish' plays returns to poison Wizards
April 1, 2014, 6:00 am
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This dead horse has been beaten, so much so it's rather tiresome for coach Randy Wittman to have to repeat it. Nevermind that the Wizards failed to officially clinch a playoff spot for the first time in six years because that will happen. Giving away another game they had in hand, this time to the Charlotte Bobcats, is the bigger issue. 

"Didn't share the ball. First half, we did. Second unit did. Moved the ball, everybody touching it," Wittman said after the Wizards blew a 16-point lead. "We come down, keep the ball on one side of the floor, dribble, exhaust our dribble until there was nowhere to go then we moved it. I don't how much clearer it can be when we move the ball and when we don't. ... Because we were selfish."

The best unit for the Wizards was Bradley Beal sharing the floor with Andre Miller, Martell Webster, Al Harrington and Drew Gooden. They played so well that the rest of the starters, John Wall, Trevor Booker, Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat, didn't play in the second quarter. A 30-20 deficit became a 60-44 lead the half. 

The Wizards (38-36) only scored 34 points in the last two quarters. Booker and Gortat combined for just 10 points, only two came after the break. Ariza had 11 points, all in the third quarter. 

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If the Wizards had won, there was a good chance they'd get Tuesday off. Instead, they're practicing at Verizon Center to work out the kinks for before Wednesday's game vs. the Boston Celtics (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).

The last time Boston played here, they'd lost 11 of 12 games and didn't have their starting backcourt and they still won in overtime behind a career-high 20 points from rookie Phil Pressey. He averages 2.5.

The momentum they'd gained in knocking off the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks over the weekend has all dissipated and the Wizards have to start over again -- yet again.