John Wall opened up about his frustrating second season before the Wizards embarked on a season-long six-game road trip, explaining his early struggles and how he takes the burden of the team’s success upon his shoulders.
The Wizards have lost four consecutive games on the road and are probably in the worst possible place to try and end their misfortune. The San Antonio Spurs have won 11 straight games at home and 11 overall against the Wizards. Those are the longest current losing streaks against any opponent.
Andray Blatche has scored a total of 11 points and hasn’t played more than 22 minutes in any of his first four games since returning from a strained left calf muscle. But now that Blatche is away from the boos at Verizon Center, Coach Randy Wittman would like to see the backup forward return to form.
“I hope so,” Wittman said. “I think it’s going to ease his mind a little bit. He’s got to come out with an aggression that we know he’s shown before. Get back to the old Dray and not have to worry, from a mental standpoint, what’s going on around him.”
Spurs guard T.J. Ford, who was Ernie Grunfeld’s final draft pick as the general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2003, retired on Monday after having a scare on his surgically-repaired spinal cord last week. He only played 14 games for the Spurs.
Tipoff: 8:30 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet; Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM). Check out a live box score for today’s game here.