Wall, Wittman see the issue in locker room

Wall, Wittman see the issue in locker room
January 14, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Wizards earn impressive road victory vs. Bulls

It appears John Wall, who often disagreed with coach Randy Wittman's assessments of the Wizards not being serious enough going into games, is finally starting to see it his way. They've lost seven of eight home games going into Wednesday's vs. the Miami Heat at Verizon Center. They've been the the exact opposite on the road, where they've won seven of eight, including Monday's win at the Chicago Bulls who had been one of the NBA's hottest teams.

"In the locker room, sometimes we play too much. We play around too much before the games, doing other stuff," Wall said. "I think in the visiting locker room you just sit in that locker room. You can't really do much. It's either there or the court."

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Wittman called his team "frontrunners" after losing to the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 3. He has called their play "selfish" on multiple occasions. He questioned their on-court leadership after a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 6 and also called their pregame demeanor too "carefree." In all of these instances, the Wizards (17-19) played badly in home games. They're 7-9 at Verizon Center. 

"We've got to find a way to go out there and play basketball, period. It doesn't matter what happens in that locker room," Wall said. "For some reason when we step out on that court we're not playing the same way we do when we go to other teams' home court. We just got to find a way to play with that same urgency, like passing the ball, trusting each other, moving the ball, making the right plays and play that defense that we played (Monday). All five guys, every time we were on the court helping each other out, talking, doing the little things that we need for us to win games like that."