SEATTLE, NOV. 22 -- Immediately following their 124-103 loss Saturday to the Seattle SuperSonics -- their second lopsided defeat in as many nights -- the Washington Bullets held a closed-door meeting. Excusing Coach Kevin Loughery and assistants Bill Blair and Wes Unseld from the Coliseum's visiting locker room, the players spoke for about 20 minutes.

When you're 2-7 and losers of four consecutive games, there is plenty to talk about.

"It's embarrassing," said guard Jeff Malone afterward. "What did we lose by tonight, 21 points? What was it last night, 20? {It was 120-101 at Portland on Friday.} Anytime you get beat by 20 points it's embarrassing, and it's happening to us consistently.

"A lot of things aren't going right: we're missing easy shots, we're missing free throws, we're not rebounding, we're not executing, we're not playing defense. Everyone has to take his game up a level; there's no intensity at all. It's like we're just running up and down the court, and we can't have that."

Perhaps the strangest thing about Washington's slump is that off the court, everything seems to be fine -- no bickering among the players, no feeling that any of them is pursuing a quest for individual glory.

If there was any highlight Saturday, it was center Moses Malone's passing on two of his four assists, then forward Bernard King (season-high 26 points, six rebounds, four assists) deftly assisting on two baskets. But that really doesn't matter much when a team can't shoot and can't rebound -- the Bullets' two major shortcomings.

The Bullets trailed by 55-50 at halftime and 85-75 after three periods. Moses Malone made a basket 30 seconds into the final quarter but that was all their scoring for the next 2:32. In that span, they turned the ball over twice, missed several shots and fell well behind, 96-79.

One sequence in that stretch typified the Bullets' season. Seattle forward Russ Schoene, a little-used reserve, hit a short jumper. In transition, Washington guard Darrell Walker drove to the basket but missed the layup. Coming back the other way, Schoene scored again on a long jumper.

The SuperSonics then went into a trap and King was called for an offensive foul in trying to move between two Seattle players. Seven seconds later, Schoene had the ball 25 feet out. He hesitated but SuperSonics Coach Bernie Bickerstaff hollered for him just to shoot the ball. Schoene did, and his three-point basket reduced the final 10 minutes plus to Seattle showtime. Schoene, who had been averaging 4.9 points a game, scored 15 in the fourth quarter alone.

After the game, it was time for the Washington players to sort through the rubble.

"They need to talk. If I were a player I'd be tremendously embarrassed," Loughery said. "I thought we had a chance to win this game, but up until the last four or five minutes we must have shot 35 percent {the Bullets finished 41 percent from the field}. We must be missing an average of 20 to 25 inside shots a night and that's a killer."

Right now, the players' biggest complaint about Loughery is that, apart from King, Moses and Jeff Malone -- called "the big three" by their teammates -- there's no clear-cut delineation of roles. They say it's hard to establish themselves when they aren't sure when and if they'll get playing time.

Loughery has talked since Wednesday's 84-82 loss to Chicago at Capital Centre about changing the lineup but has not done it.

"I've talked about changes but no one has earned a promotion," he said. "They've got to earn it. I would like to say that someone deserves to go into the lineup but I haven't seen it yet."

Right now, the Bullets resemble a football team whose road games always seem to be homecoming time for the opponent. Right now, it's the Utah Jazz licking its lips in anticipation of Tuesday night's game in Salt Lake City.

"That'll be an interesting game, no doubt," said rookie guard Tyrone Bogues. "There were a lot of guys who were embarrassed {against Seattle} and things were pretty emotional in the locker room later. This next one is a big game for us."