The Wizards failed Friday in their attempt to reach .500 for the first time since drafting John Wall first overall as they lost by 20 points in Indiana. Washington (7-9) will trying to quickly forget about that sloppy affair against the Pacers when it hosts the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night at Verizon Center, where the team has won three in a row.
“We got to put it behind you. If we let this game bother us” on Saturday, Trevor Ariza said, “we can mess up and lose that one, too.” No matter what happens against Atlanta, the Wizards have just completed their most successful November in six years. In the past two 82-game seasons, the Wizards won a combined six games before December.
Washington is without Bradley Beal (right fibula), Otto Porter Jr. (right hip) and Al Harrington (right knee) but Nene will be a game-time decision after sitting out against the Pacers with a sore right Achilles’ tendon.
“We can still be a good team,” Wall said. “We’ve got a couple of nicks and bruises right now but still, if we just play the right way, we can win any game.”
The Wizards didn’t play the right way in Indiana as they were careless with the ball, recording more turnovers (18) than assists (16) and trailed by double digits for 27 minutes.
“We didn’t play together,” Marcin Gortat said. “This is the great thing about the NBA, you can always bounce back the next day. It’s not like we played a terrible game. We fought. From minute to minute they were just building the lead. We’ve got to forget about this game. We were playing great basketball the past few weeks. We just got to come back and win.”
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