Randy Wittman tries to remain positive after tough loss
The Washington Wizards haven’t been able to catch a break in the win column or on the injury front. Now they will be without point guard A.J. Price who is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a fracture in his right hand. Price left Saturday’s game against the Warriors early in the first quarter and immediately knew something was wrong.
“I knew I hurt myself right away when I came down,” said Price. “I was going to try and play through it, but when it came to the next possession and trying to throw the cross-court pass, I couldn’t get anything behind it. I figured if I can’t pass, I’m just going to hurt my teammates. I’ll bounce back. It’s not season ending or anything like that. I’ll have to keep my head high. I’ll have a chance to be back.”
With John Wall not having played a minute this season Price has filled in as the starting point guard, averaging 9.1 points and 5.2 assist per game.
Shaun Livingston is the only healthy point guard remaining on the roster and the Wizards will also have Jordan Crawford play the majority of his minutes at the point. In 35 minutes against the Warriors, Crawford scored 22 points to go along with a team high eight assists and seven rebounds.
“He’s a competitor,” said Wizards coach Randy Wittman. “I thought he did as good a job, playing as many minutes as he had to play at the point tonight under circumstances that he hasn’t done yet. He battled, he made some shots down the end to keep us there, to have a chance.”
The Wizards 101-97 loss to Golden State was another game in which they were in it until the final moments. But Crawford isn’t blaming injuries for his teams’ inability to close out games.
“Simple mistakes keep us from winning games, not another team. You know it doesn’t matter who is down, there is always someone who can step up and play for them.”
The Wizards next opportunity will come on Tuesday night against the New Orleans Hornets.