Wizards at Mavericks: Game 7 discussion thread

November 14, 2012

I want the ball, but I’ll take a win. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The last two teams to lose to the Charlotte Bobcats will square off tonight in Dallas, where the Wizards will attempt to end their season-opening six-game skid.

After suffering their worst loss of the season on Tuesday in Charlotte, the Wizards are off to the second-worst start in franchise history. They were 0-8 to start last season.

Trevor Ariza was more aggressive in the 92-76 defeat to the Bobcats, but the Wizards were undone by misfiring on 26 of their 31 attempts from three-point land. Before taking on Dallas, Coach Randy Wittman addressed his team’s penchant for settling for long jumpers instead of getting shots closer to the basket.

“Fifteen of our 31 three’s last night had the ability to go inside that arc and take an 18-20 foot shot, knock it down and get yourself feeling good rather than continue to shoot that,” Wittman said. “We gotta play more inside out. The ball’s got to get inside, we got to collapse the defense, play off out posts a little bit more when these things occur.”

The Mavericks bear little resemblance to the team that won the championship two seasons ago. Only four players remain and two of the most prominent pieces – Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion – are down with injuries. Dallas (4-4) has lost three games in a row.

Discuss tonight’s game in the comment section below and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter @MrMichaelLee.

Tipoff: 8:30 p.m. 
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)
Once the contest starts, check out a live box score for the game here.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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