After losing to Utah 83-76 Saturday night, the 0-8 Wizards are just one loss away from setting a franchise record for the worst start ever. The Wizards set the mark just last season with a winless run through the first eight games that ultimately cost coach Flip Saunders his job after a 2-13 start.
New coach Randy Wittman isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so this current Wizards crop -- even though they are still missing their two best players in John Wall and Nene -- have to find a way to win and soon, or this season will be lost basically before it even started.
"We’ve got to stay up because we’ve got to get a win," Wizards guard Jordan Crawford said.
Crawford scored 20 points in his first start of the season, replacing rookie Bradley Beal in the lineup.
"We can't be down on ourselves," Crawford said. "We’ve still got to play the games. We’ve got a lot of games."
74 games left in fact, but with each passing loss it's only human nature that frustration and doubt builds up and right now that's the case for the Wizards.
"We're low on confidence right now," Wittman said.
The Wizards turn right around and face Indiana at Verizon Center Monday night. The Wizards lost a close one at Indiana earlier this season in one of many games they felt they should have won.
"We have to keep fighting because we are right there in these games," Wittman added.