Booker blames himself for loss to Cavs

Booker blames himself for loss to Cavs
October 31, 2012, 8:30 pm
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The box score from Tuesday night’s season-opening 94-84 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers told most of the story, but in the opinion of Wizards coach Randy Wittman it didn’t tell the whole story.

The Wizards shot just 36 percent from the field [the Cavs shot 46 percent]; 25 percent from 3-point range [the Cavs shot 35 percent] and 60 percent from the line [the Cavs shot 68 percent]. They were also outrebounded by a 54-39 count.

But there was more to the loss than just numbers.

“That wasn’t our team,” Wittman said Wednesday after a lengthy film session at Verizon Center. “There were things I saw that I hadn’t seen in four weeks being together.

“Sometimes that’s first-game adrenaline flowing. I thought we tried to do too much as individuals, which led us into a lot of bad things from an execution standpoint offensively.

“We played out of character. That was the most disappointing thing for me. I think it was more self-inflicted.”

Trevor Booker took much of the blame for the loss. The third-year forward struggled in all areas against the Cavs, managing just four points and one rebound in 16:45 of game action.

“I definitely had an off-night,” Booker said. “I didn’t play like myself and I feel like it pretty much cost us the game.”

At 6-foot-8, 240 pounds, Booker had a tough time containing eight-year veteran Anderson Varejao. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Brazilian led the Cavs with 23 rebounds and added nine points.

“Rebounding is all effort,” Wittman said. “There are ways to get rebounds in terms of positioning. We’ve got to be smarter than that because we’re undersized. Booker can’t get into a jumping contest with Varejao because he’s going to get it nine times out of 10.”

Without the injured Nene and Kevin Serpahin, the Wizards are going to need better rebounding than they received Tuesday night and with back-to-back games coming up against the Celtics the task won’t be any easier.

“I think the scoring will come,” Booker said. “We just had too many people with off-nights. … I wish we were playing today because I played so bad last night. I’ve got to wait a few more days, but I’ll be ready.”