The Eastern Conference’s hottest team will host the NBA’s coldest team, as the woeful Wizards host the way-more woeful Charlotte Bobcats on Monday at Verizon Center. Washington has won three in a row, but the Bobcats have lost 20 consecutive games and need to win at least one of their final three games to avoid setting a new record for worst winning percentage in NBA history.
“It’s been very, very hard for me because I’ve never been through this before,” Bobcats Coach Paul Silas said. “The losing part kind of eats you up. I can’t sleep at night, wondering what we can do to change this thing around...It’s been a struggle. You always figure out how to get it done, but we haven’t been able to.”
If they finish at 7-59, the Bobcats would surpass the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers as the new bottom. The Wizards are trying to win four in a row for the first time in four seasons and Coach Randy Wittman said the contest against the Bobcats is probably going to be the toughest.
“This is a Charlotte team that’s coming on a long losing streak, that wants to end it, and they’re going to do everything with two or three games left in the season to try to get that one win. We’ve got to have that focus tonight, or we’re going to be in for a tough contest,” Wittman said. “You have to have an understanding of who your opponent is, where they’re at in their season, what their mindset is, and we’ve got to now just continue what we’ve been doing, coming out with intensity right from the jump ball.”
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