After the game, Wittman was asked about being 0-2 and to explain what he thought was the problem. Wittman replied, “Well, you tell me what you think the problem is? You watched the game. Commitment to [expletive] playing defense. That’s what it is. That’s what it boils down to.”
The Wizards are now 0-3 for the third straight season – and fifth time in the past seven seasons – and currently rank 30th in opponent’s field goal percentage (51.2) and 29th in opponent points per game (108.3). They ranked in the top 10 in those categories last season, when center Emeka Okafor served as the team’s defensive anchor.
“The thing is our guys, we haven’t learned and I got to figure out a way,” Wittman said after the loss to the Philadelphia. “You see it coming out of the locker room. Got to respect the game, your opponent. We came out, in the first half and got after it. Created turnovers. And in the second half, there was absolutely none. Our guards were picking up their guards at the free throw line. We had no pressure on the wings. We created nothing. Like we’re going to come out and play and think we’re going to win the game. This has happened over and over and over again. And I’ve got to figure it out. That’s obviously the first question. I’ve got to figure out to get these guys to play the right way for 48 minutes. That’s what it boils down to.”