Pregame warmup: Wizards produce dreadful 3rd quarters

Pregame warmup: Wizards produce dreadful 3rd quarters
January 7, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Wittman: We can't feel sorry for ourselves

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

CHARLOTTE -- No matter what happens in the first two quarters for the Wizards, it's all about after halftime. That's because in this three-game losing streak, all home losses to the Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors, they're shooting 27.8% from the field. 

And the Wizards (14-17) have yet to score 20 points or more in the third quarters of these games, shooting a combined 17-for-61 going into Tuesday's game at the Charlotte Bobcats.

"Everybody is frustrated," center Marcin Gortat said. "Everybody wants to win. Nobody feels comfortable with losing games here. Each one of us is trying to come up with something. We try to call each other, text each other, watch games together."

The Wizards led Dallas 42-39 at the break, and the only starter to convert more than one field goal in the third was the least offensively capable Trevor Booker who went 3-for-5. The rest went 4-for-15 collectively and even though Washington entered the fourth quarter with a two-point lead as Dallas was equally dreadful shooting, it not only squandered a chance to win but get a blowout of a quality team. 

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Against Toronto, fighting from behind to trail just 48-45 at the half, the Wizards shot 3-for-16 in the third. Three starters, Booker, Trevor Ariza and John Wall, failed to make a field goal as they were outscored 36-16 overall in the period.

In the loss to Golden State, the score was even at 58 until four starters for the Wizards -- Beal, Ariza, Booker and Gortat -- failed to make a field goal in the third quarter. The reserves made five of their six field goals as they had the hinges blown off 34-15 in the quarter. 

Al Harrington, who has been out with a right knee injury, has done his best to rally the troops to stay focused.

"We don't have specifically one person who is trying to do something. Al is trying to cheer everybody up and help, at least in the locker room," Gortat said. "It's hard. I'm not going to lie. The lost games really drained energy out of our body. We've got to figure out this thing."