Morning tip: Wittman aims at shot selection

Morning tip: Wittman aims at shot selection
November 14, 2013, 8:00 am
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WIz finish frustrating road trip on low note

Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster (left) drives to the basket under pressure from San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw (33) during the second half at AT&T Center.

(Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

WAKING UP with the Wizards, coming off their three-game losing streak against the Western Conference. ... 

Martell Webster's mid-range jump shot put his team on the cusp of a comeback Wednesday night -- on the road and against one of the NBA's best teams in the San Antonio Spurs. 

They'd cut what had been a 19-point deficit to 60-57, then coach Randy Wittman made this postgame observation in the 92-79 loss:

"We stayed with it, kept fighting, kept playing tried to continue to move it along and tried to get somebody going then all of a sudden we're back at 60-57. At 60-57 we came down and took six of the worst shots you could possibly take. Six. It might be more after I look at the film. Zero or one pass. All of a sudden we're going to play hero (ball). We can't do that. We don't have a hero here. We got to play with five guys. We don't have guys that we're going to give you the ball, spread the floor, 'You go get us a shot. You go get us a basket.' We're not made up that way."

  • Webster missed a 20-foot jump shot
  • Marcin Gortat missed from a similar distance
  • Webster badly misfired on a three-point attempt
  • John Wall missed a mid-range jumper
  • Wall wasn't close on a three-point shot
  • Gortat missed a mid-range shot

Wall had a layup, which didn't register as a bad shot by Wittman's tally, that he missed. On the scramble for the loose ball, he was struck in the face by Jeff Ayers with 40 seconds left in the third quarter. Wall kept ice on his right eye for the rest of the game and didn't return. 

That bad stretch of shot selection energized the Spurs as they went on a 21-2 run and by 8:37 of the fourth the game was effectively over with the score 81-59. 

"We continually at some point will do that then all of a sudden they'll go on a 21-2 run," Wittman said. "Our bad shots led to their breakout layups, breakup wide open threes, good shots for them. We just came back down and did it again. We've got to overcome that. To fight back to get 60-57 after the start we had that was good, We just threw it down the toilet just in three or four minutes."

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