Wake-up call: Wizards can't afford self-doubt

Wake-up call: Wizards can't afford self-doubt
January 7, 2014, 8:30 am
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Wittman: We can't feel sorry for ourselves

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman isn't the sentimental type when it comes to wins and losses. He put it to his team, heading into Tuesday's game at the Charlotte Bobcats on a three-game losing streak that included two blowouts at home, like this:

"Are we going to feel sorry for ourselves or are we going to go do something to change it. That's really the bottom line. It's not about mood, being in a positive frame (of mind) or being in a negative frame. They can be mad at me. It doesn't matter. Bottom line is, what do we do when we go to Charlotte? Are we going to take the frustration out on them or are we going to feel sorry for ourselves and muddle around in the mud instead of put our chinstraps on and 'Let's go fight.'"

Fortunately, Al Harrington, who hasn't played since November but is back with the team working out since he had surgery on his right knee, is trying to give his teammates positive reinforcement. 

"It's just part of the learning curve. We're only three games under .500 but we're still like fifth in the East," said Harrington of the 14-17 record. "There's no reason for us to panic. We just got to take business in Charlotte."

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