Wizards lose grip on home-court advantage

Wizards lose grip on home-court advantage
January 6, 2014, 9:00 am
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Wizards need to hold each other accountable

Having lost six of the last seven games at Verizon Center, the Wizards notice that support from their fans is starting to lag. It's bad enough that too many people here fill the seats to support the New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers when they come to town, so on other nights they have to produce.

Getting blasted at home by the Toronto Raptors, which is what happened Friday night, won't cut it. The New Year's Day game vs. the Dallas Mavericks was equally dreadful. The mood was even more compromised after playing even through two quarters with the Golden State Warriors only to allow them to go on a 30-5 run Sunday.

The Wizards (14-17) are just 7-8 at home this season. They were 22-19 last season when they only won 29 games overall. 

"You want to make home very special. This reminds me back the year we went to the playoffs, my fourth year in the league for Portland. We were terrible at home but we were amazing on the road. We made it to the playoffs. It's just one of those things. ... You want your fans to come out and support you," said Martell Webster, in his ninth season. "There's nothing like having a packed house.

"Unfortunate as it is, when Miami or L.A. comes in here all of the fans want to show up and it's almost like a playoff atmosphere. That's what we want consistently. I don't care if they want to cheer for the other team. Go ahead. It brings more energy to the building if you have butts in the seats."