The Wizards may have lost their past two games on this road trip, but Coach Randy Wittman has attempted to sell on his team on the possibility that they can do more than save face with a victory over the Phoenix Suns. The last time the Wizards finished with a winning record on a trip of five games or more was March 22-28, 2005, when they went 3-2.
“We’re 2-2 up to this point,” Wittman said. “We’ve done a nice job coming out here. And we need to turn this into a great trip. The only way to do that is to get this win tonight. It’s an accomplishment that hasn’t been done in a number of years for our franchise and one they can put a feather in their cap by coming out here and doing that. So, that’s really been the focus. Going back home is a lot easier after a win, than it is a loss.”
But they will likely need a big game out of Nick Young, who has served as a barometer for the team’s success on this trip and throughout this season. In the first two wins, Young scored a combined 57 points and in the past two losses, he has scored a combined 24.
Suns Coach Alvin Gentry said he’s one of the toughest one-on-one players in the league. “He’s very difficult to guard. I’m not saying he’s a Kobe type, but he can create situations where he commands double teams.”
All-star point guard Steve Nash offered some advise to John Wall on Sunday, telling him to, “stick with it.”
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