After Randy Wittman tore into his team for complaining about their playing time during a loss Wednesday, he revisited the issue with the Wizards at Thursday’s practice.
“’Till the earth stops spinning, there’s going to be guys concerned about minutes. That’s the nature of our business,” Wittman said. “But there’s a time and a place to be concerned and to have that question about minutes. Its not during the game….If there’s a question about the game, come into my office, the next day in practice, we can sit and talk about those things. But in the midst of the game there’s got to be a focus on the game. Not what’s transpiring for me.”
The Wizards fell behind 39-29 in the second quarter to the Detroit Pistons in Wednesday’s 96-95 loss. With mostly reserves on the floor, they came back to take a 55-51 lead at the half. The starters fell flat in the third quarter as Detroit exploded for a 31-13 edge. Then it was the reserves who brought the Wizards back as they had a chance to win it on a shot by Trevor Ariza that came up short at the final buzzer.
Starting point guard John Wall played just 24 minutes for the second game in a row. He had seven turnovers. Trevor Booker, who started in place of Nene (shoulder) at power forward, played 17 minutes. Martell Webster, a top three-point shooter in the NBA, was on the floor for 23 minutes.
Wittman thought it was best to stick with the group that got him back in the game, led by backups A.J. Price, Ariza, Kevin Seraphin and Chris Singleton.
“At some point there’s going to be guys that’s going to have questions about role, minutes, shots, whatever the case may be,” Wittman said. “I’m not upset with that. I’m upset with allowing it to affect that game.”