Friday November 26, 2010 10:16 a.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
Frustrations are starting to boil over for the Washington Wizards after they suffered yet another road loss at Atlanta on Thursday night.
"We get paid for this, this is our job, this is our dream. This is what we want to do. So we need to start acting like it and take it more serious," a clearly irked Wizards rookie guard John Wall said following the listless team effort in front of a national TV audience.
"We didn't compete," said Wizards forward Andray Blatche. He was right. The Wizards got off to another slow start scoring just 18 points in the first quarter and were never in the game losing 116-96 to the Hawks. The Wizards are the only team in the Eastern Conference yet to win away from home-- in fact -- the last time Washington won outside the (202) area code was last April at Boston.
After beating Philadelphia in improbable fashion on Tuesday night you would think the Wizards could carry the momentum over to Atlanta right? Wrong. The Wizards failed to show from the jump and were embarrassed by a team they have now lost 11 games in a row to.
Wizards coach Flip Saunders has blamed the road struggles on his youthful team especially back to back games but this wasn't one of those with a day off to prepare for the Hawks. "We have not competed against a good team yet," Saunders said.
Forward Nick Young remains one of the bright spots early for the Wizards as he scored 20 points in the loss to Atlanta. "You're supposed to get up for games like this," Young said. "It seems we always get embarrassed on national TV."
Even Gilbert Arenas chimed in with his disappointment of the Wizards 0-7 record on the road this season. "I don't understand it. When you go against the elite, you're supposed to be ready, you're supposed to have the fire in your eye," Arenas said.
On Thursday night, the Wizards had nothing. "We have to change some things and just start playing hard," Wall said.