Disgust over losing weighs on Wizards

Disgust over losing weighs on Wizards
February 19, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) battles for the ball with Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) in the first quarter at Verizon Center.

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The claim that there's always tomorrow, though true, is about to run its course for the Wizards. Going into Wednesday's game at the Atlanta Hawks, there are only 29 games left in the regular season and the mood has quickly shifted in the locker room. Marcin Gortat bit his bottom lip and was visibly angered after the latest disappointment that put them three games under .500.

"I would say the most important thing is to just get back to the hotel, look in the mirror and say, ‘What can I do to help this team?’ and ask yourself the question, ‘Did I do everything I could to win this game?'" Gortat said after posting 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a 103-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors at Verizon Center on Tuesday. "If you really did everything that was necessary to beat your guy and win your matchup in the game.”

Bradley Beal shot 2-for-10. Trevor Ariza passed up open looks repeatedly and only attempted eight shots. Martell Webster just hasn't been in sync and has appeared stressed and unhappy in the last few weeks, no longer smiling, joking or photo and video bombing teammates during interviews.

“We definitely know that we won’t get these games back, for sure, but I don’t think we are losing confidence or anything like that or thinking that the season is slipping away because we still have 29 games. That’s a lot of games. This season is still up for grabs," Beal said. "We’ve got two teams behind us that are creeping up as well, so it is definitely going to be a tough stretch for us. But we can’t let games like this get out of hand, and get down by such huge margins where we put ourselves in a position where we can’t do anything about it.”

John Wall is trying to not think about the latest failures by the Wizards, but recent successes.

“You don't focus on that," he said of losing five of their last six games and their losing record overall. "It's a slump that you’re going through right now and we’ve been through this slump before then we got back on the right track. When you get back on the right track you have to try to stay on the right track as long as possible.”