A recap of the Washington Wizards 98-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers:
How it happened:
Prior to Monday’s game Wizards coach Randy Wittman stressed the need for his team to get back to playing team basketball. He felt that got lost in the midst of the Wizards four game slide. To their credit Wittman’s squad responded by opening the game on a 19-9 run and assisting on 10 of their first 15 baskets.
Washington had five players reach double figures in points and they assisted on 27 of their 37 field goals. When the Wizards play this way they are a solid basketball team.
What it means:
Wittman isn’t going to tolerate selfish basketball. He mentioned that the Wizards don’t have a guy capable of scoring 35 points any given night. He said that’s not an indictment on his team but they don’t have a guy that can carry that type of load.
Midway through the second quarter Jordan Crawford launched an ill-advised three pointer and Wittman immediately pulled him from the game. Crawford would watch the remainder of the game from the bench. That’s how you hold a team accountable.
Bradley Beal missed his fourth straight game with a sore right wrist. He is listed as day-to-day. Trevor Booker also missed Monday’s game with a left wrist injury.
The Clippers were without Chris Paul who has now missed eight straight games with a bruised right knee cap and Blake Griffin who was a late scratch with a hamstring injury.
The Wizards will continue their three game home stand on Wednesday when the Knicks come to town. On Friday Washington will welcome former Wizard Andre Blatche and the Brooklyn Nets to Verizon Center.