Wizards can't wait for New Year

Wizards can't wait for New Year
December 31, 2012, 10:30 am
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A new calendar year can’t come soon enough for the Wizards, as a fresh start would be more than welcome for the 4-24 ball club. To put it mildly, it's been an extremely frustrating start to the NBA season for Washington and just to show you how big a hole the Wizards have dug for themselves, the Charlotte Bobcats have lost 18 in a row and yet they have a better record than D.C. at 7-23.

After beating Orlando 105-97 last Friday night at Verizon Center to snap an 8-game losing skid, there finally were some positive vibes in the Wizards’ locker room but that came to a quick halt when they lost at the Bulls, 87-77, the next night. With that loss at Chicago, the Wizards failed again to win consecutive games and they remain the only squad in the league yet to record back-to-back victories. 

There are a handful of reasons the team has struggled so mightily but injuries certainly is reason number one. To good health, is what the Wizards need to toast to for 2013. With John Wall, A.J. Price, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, Nene, Bradley Beal hurt -- and now add Jordan Crawford (ankle) to the list of Wizards who have missed games because of injury -- the team has yet to be full strength for even one game. 

Chemistry, which is so coveted in the game of basketball, has yet to be found by this current crop of Wizards. Just in the last five games, the Wizards have trotted out five different starting lineups. 

The injury to Wall (knee) and then his backup A.J. Price (broken hand) have put the team in such a dire situation at that position that D-leaguers Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple -- who just joined the team in the last week -- have split starting the last two games.

The Wizards return home for a January 1 tilt with the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night. Happy New Year!