Turnovers stunting the Wizards' growth
November 8, 2012, 10:30 am
Wittman: A lot of good came from loss in Boston
If the Wizards are going to snap this three-game losing skid to start the season, they simply are going to have to take better care of the basketball.
Late-game execution again proved costly in the Wizards' 100-94 overtime loss at Boston Wednesday night.
"Too many turnovers down the stretch, 20 for the game, and you know we’ve got to learn to grow," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "We've got to learn to play down the stretch and close games. It's a learning process, taking care of the ball, execution and making a play down the stretch."
For the second straight game against Boston, when pressed defensively by the Celtics late, the Wizards melted under the pressure.
Rookie guard Bradley Beal, who scored a career high 16 points, had two crucial turnovers in overtime.
"It's about going out and having fun and not getting too shook up in the moment," Beal said.
Kevin Seraphin (16 points) also had two big turnovers late in regulation. Seraphin finished with 6 turnovers, the same amount as point guard A.J. Price, and that's just too many for any player.
"I'm the guy with the ball and I have to do a better job leading these guys down the stretch," Price said. "They executed down the stretch and we just didn't execute the way we should have."
The Wizards committed 34 turnovers in the last two games against Boston. They need to shore this issue up quickly, or the losing streak will continue.