Wizards at Spurs: Game 8 Open Thread

November 13, 2013

Are we going to get at least one of these? (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

SAN ANTONIO – At the end of their three-game road trip, the Wizards (2-5) will look to end 14 years of misery in San Antonio. Washington has not won on the road against the Spurs since Dec. 11, 1999 and has lost seven straight overall.

Before the game, Coach Randy Wittman reiterated his plans to adjust his lineup after the bench once again failed to hold a lead in the Wizards’ 105-95 loss on Tuesday in Dallas. Wittman has relied heavily on his starters in the past four games but said that he might shorten his second unit.

Regardless of what Wittman plans to do with his rotation, veteran forward Al Harrington said a mindset change has to be in order if the Wizards are going to put their losing ways behind them. Harrington felt that poor body language was a contributing factor to the team’s poor finish against the Mavericks.

“I think sometimes, we lack confidence in each other and just trust and moving on to the next play,” Harrington said. “I think when you come into a situation where you’ve been losing for a long time, that’s the hardest thing, the hardest habit to break. To just realize that you have to move on to the next play and that things are not  bad. Just keep playing and things will start going the right way. Just keep playing hard and execute and the game will change for you. I think a lot of times we put our heads down so fast and things start to spiral a little bit.”

When asked what it would take for that attitude to change, Harrington said, “Got to win. Got to be those good vibes to start creating that winning culture and have a mind shift. Only way we we’re going to fix it is winning games. If we win at OKC, we’d probably be in different spirits. We’ve just got to keep fighting.”

The defending Western Conference champion Spurs (7-1) have the best record in the Western Conference and have won their past two games against New York and Philadelphia by a combined 55 points. San Antonio has yet to lose at AT&T Center this season, but it has won its three home games against Memphis, Phoenix and Golden State by a combined 12 points.

(TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WJFK-106.7, WFED-1500). Here’s some pregame/in-game reading:

Wizards sink with second unit in Dallas

Marcin Gortat looking up at Suns

Wizards squander early lead in loss to Dallas

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