Hanrahan: Eight and counting

Hanrahan: Eight and counting
February 6, 2011, 9:42 pm
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Sunday February 6, 2011 4:42 p.m.
By Frank Hanrahan

Where once they were somewhat formidable, the Wizards aren't winning at home now either, losing their third in a row at Verizon Center this time to Atlanta 99-92 Saturday night. The well-documented road debacle is now just an overall struggle as D.C. has dropped a season high eight games in a row pushing their record to a feeble 13-37. The Wizards are now 13-12 at home. Only Cleveland, Sacramento and Minnesota have worse records in the NBA.

I would hope it bothers us," veteran guard Kirk Hinrich said after the Hawks loss. "Not being here in past years, but having a season going the way it is and looking the way its going with losing games that I feel like are winnable games a lot of times and not showing consistent improvement, its just frustrating.

The Wizards have been playing from behind in almost every game in their current losing skid, never having enough steam to comeback and overtake their opponent. "Regardless of where we play we have to come out with the same intensity," Wizards forward Rashard Lewis said. "We just have to stop making the same mistakes, especially when we get into the fourth quarter and execute a better offensive game."

The Wizards get a struggling 19-30 Milwaukee team on Wednesday night then super good 42-8 San Antonio visits the Wiz Saturday night.

The NBA schedule is the NBA schedule, Its tough," Hinrich said. "It gets tough at times and when you go through a tough stretch with a lot of games on shorts days against good teams you have to rely on each other and be sharp on both ends. We just havent been good enough in those areas.