Rather than driving to the rim, Washington frequently settles for 3-pointers. The Wizards best low post, Nene, is relegated to wearing a suit, not a jersey while the other interior options do not command a double-team. Without John Wall, there are fewer open court chances. Pick your favorite reason, all have merit.
After his team took only 11 free throws - or 22 less than the Mavericks - in Wednesday's 107-101 loss at Dallas, Wizards coach Randy Wittman threw another factor into mix: respect, or rather the lack of it by officials.
"Well we made shots, and we played inside out. And we talked about needing to do it more. And we had a couple possessions there late that we didn’t get balls thrown inside, and took some ill advised shots. But that’s basically what it was; we made some shots, we played inside out, we moved the ball, had 24 assists. For whatever reason this team doesn’t get any respect," Wittman said.
Washington, last in the NBA with 16.6 attempts per game, finished 10 of 11 from the line while Dallas went 26 of 33. Only three players - Jordan Crawford, Martell Webster and Trevor Booker - even attempted a free throw for Washington.
"We go to the rim, and had 11 free throws tonight. These young guys just have to make a name for themselves, and it’s just baffling some of the things that are said to me by the refs for why they don’t call it. So, maybe we just have to send the game film everyday to the league.”
Is Wittman right? Well, he's probably not wrong. The NBA is a superstar league and the two players on this roster closest to that entitled status are watching, not playing. Being the only winless team also doesn't help, especially on the heels of last season's unintentional comedy filled campaign. For a team arguably receiving the Rodney Dangerfield treatment, maybe Al Davis' formula is the cure: just win, baby.