Morning tip: Wizards must be decisive with ball

Morning tip: Wizards must be decisive with ball
October 12, 2013, 8:00 am
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Nene hopes to hold down the Wizards front court

(Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

WAKING UP with the Wizards, who play the Chicago Bulls in their second preseason game Saturday in Rio de Janeiro (NBATV, 5 p.m. ET) … 

Aside from the turnovers, they had another major problem: Lack of ball movement. 

In their 111-106 overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, the Wizards only tallied 15 assists. John Wall had eight of them.

"We just have to move the ball more. Sometimes we got caught up in doing our own thing," said Bradley Beal, who missed 9 of 13 shots for 11 points and didn't have an assist. "You can kind of expect that in an exhibition game. Guys want to come out and showcase their talents and show what they're capable of doing. Even I did it a few times selfishly.  It's the whole team. I think we'll be fine. …

"It's basically a tuneup. It was our first battle against somebody besides ourselves.  Hopefully, we'll be a totally different team in Brazil."

For Wall, the solution is simple: Fire away. 

"Just take open shots," he said. "We turned the ball over a lot because we didn't take our first shot when it was open, pump-faking and looking for another open shot. Especially in this league, when you get an open shot it's very rare that you've going to get two of them in 24 seconds so you've got to take the first one. We weren't comfortable making shots right away so we started hesitating."

The Wizards shot less than 40% from the field and missed 16 of the 18 three-pointers attempted.