Wake-up call: For every 1 step forward, 2 steps back

Wake-up call: For every 1 step forward, 2 steps back
January 23, 2014, 8:00 am
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Wizards reactions after OT loss

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) shakes hands with Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) against the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center.

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The Wizards fixed their third-quarter issue. It was just the first two quarters that were the problem this time. They trailed by as many as 19 in the first half vs. the Boston Celtics, who were depleted by injuries to their backcourt. The Wizards came back and briefly took the lead but inexplicably lost again at home to a sub.-500 team in overtime.

"I'm not sure. They had a couple of their better players out and we couldn't take advantage of it," said forward Trevor Booker, who returned to the lineup after missing one game with a left ankle sprain to have nine points and eight rebounds. "What we can take from tonight is we had a good start in the third quarter but other than that, we played like doo doo."

Bradley Beal admitted the obvious. They took the Celtics (15-29), who didn't have All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, starting shooting guard Avery Bradley and key backup Jerryd Bayless, lightly. They'd lost 11 of 12 games entering Wednesday's game at Verizon Center.

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“Yes, you think you can just go one on one with everybody because you do not know who that person is, you do not think that person can play. It is the NBA man, everybody can play ball, so we have to just stick to what was working," Beal said. "We have to go back to that, we have four tough games coming up so we have to move on from this loss.”

Point guard John Wall took 29 shots, 13 more than Beal, the Wizards' starting shooting guard. Beal only had five shots by halftime when the Wizards trailed 61-43. He had to sit until the final possession of the overtime session because Beal still is playing with time restrictions. He is limited to 30 minutes per game maximum. 

“That's tough and I know it’s frustrating (for) him," Wall said. "But that's on me to do a better job to get him more attempts knowing he can only play a short amount of minutes.”

 

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