Road is the true test for Wizards

Road is the true test for Wizards
February 11, 2013, 9:45 am
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Even though the Wizards have been excellent at home lately -- winning eight of their last nine at Verizon Center -- Washington has been dreadful on the road, sporting a 3-21 record for the season. The 14-35 Wizards close out the unofficial first half of the season with two games before the all-star break, at Milwaukee tonight and then at Detroit Wednesday night. 

"We've got to play better on the road," Wizards coach Randy Wittman bluntly said after the impressive win over Brooklyn on Friday night. "We've got to figure out a way to play better and do it on the road consistently. That's our next step. Take it on the road."

The Wizards have lost four straight away from D.C., so how can they change their fortunes away from Verizon Center? 

"We have to be hungry every game,” Wizards forward Martell Webster said. "We have to continue to play the way we've been playing the last three games. We can't get complacent. We can't get comfortable and we can't be satisfied."

With basically no shot at the playoffs, the Wizards have been playing their best basketball of the season with recent wins over some of the better teams in the league such as the L.A. Clippers, New York and Brooklyn, but again that was at home.

For Wizards guard John Wall it's simple, Washington must get off to better starts on the road. 

"Sometimes we come out and wait until the second half and against the good teams and teams at home they come out and have a 15-20 point lead and then we fight our way back and in the last four minutes we are in the game but we spend so much energy coming back we can't close it out," Wall said.

Wall has helped turn the Wizards' fortunes around. After a disastrous 5-28 start without the third-year pro, the Wizards are 9-7 with Wall and six of those losses have come on the road.

The next step for the resurgence of this team is to pick up some road wins and they have a great opportunity at the 25-24 Bucks tonight.