CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Wizards have had numerous problems in their past three losses, but their inability to shoot from long distance – once a staple for the team – has been most glaring. In the past three games, Washington has shot just 15 for 56 (26.8) from long distance.
Coach Randy Wittman claimed the Wizards’ struggles to stay engaged defensively have been because of missed shots and a drop-off in effort. He believes the problems could be remedied with better execution.
“We’ve got to get some consistency in our play. I tell them all the time, ‘I’m not worried about makes and misses, I’m worried about execution.’ If we’re getting the shots that want and they’re not going in, we can’t then stop doing those things,” Wittman said. “I think we lost our pace of the game at the start of the third quarter [in losses against Golden State and Toronto], it became a walk it, no body movement, no ball movement, which compounds our problems.”
Trevor Ariza has been slumping terribly in the past three games, averaging just six points on 6 of 24 (25 percent) shooting from the field and 3 of 14 from long distance (21.7 percent). Martell Webster has only connected on 4 of 15 three pointers in the past three games, while Bradley Beal has made just 3 of 10. Beal is averaging 10.3 points on 31.8 percent shooting (14 of 44) and he has only attempted one free throw.
“The way they play, sometimes they double team on pick and rolls and sometimes the big is all the way back. And if he’s back, Coach will live with that shot every single day. He tells me to take that shot,” Beal said. “It’s just the fact that my shot’s not falling right now. It’s not like I’m in a slump or I’m losing confidence or anything like that. I’m getting good shots, it’s just a matter of knocking down easy ones.”
The Wizards (14-17) will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak – and a two-game losing streak in Charlotte – as they take on the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Washington is 2-2 this season against Southeast Division foes, claiming victories over Orlando and Atlanta and losses against Miami and Atlanta. The wins came at home. The losses, on the road.
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