Morning tip: Wizards fail to get a grip

Morning tip: Wizards fail to get a grip
October 20, 2013, 8:00 am
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(AP Photo/James Crisp)

This is starting to sound like the same old song for the Wizards.

Turnovers.

No matter how many points are posted by Bradley Beal and what John Wall does to help facilitate them, the fact is despite the duo combining for 46 points they also had 11 of the Wizards' 28 giveaways in Saturday's 93-89 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in Lexington, Ky. 

"Turnovers is what really killed us tonight," said Beal, who had his tying shot blocked at the rim by Anthony Davis.

Beal scored 30 points on 12-for-19 shooting and had two blocked shots in 33 minutes. Wall had 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting and 11 assists. 

"We're playing off each other. In order for us to succeed as a team it starts with us at the top. We both have to play well, or one or the other," said Beal of the starting backcourt. "I love playing with him. I always find the open spot because he'll definitely find me or my teammates. He's able to create for himself and I'm able to create for him as well."

They created too many miscues, too. Wall was coming off 0 turnovers in a 98-89 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday.

He now 18 turnovers in the other four games. The Wizards are 1-4 in preseason. 

"They didn't do nothing to us. It was just careless turnovers. Trying to move the ball quick and turned it over," said Wall. "At one stretch in second quarter we were stuck on 39 for a minute when they really got back in the lead. … Just had seven turnovers in eight possessions. That's not good. We had 28 turnovers. That's 28 shot attempts you don't get in a close game like this."