Wizards lose 3-point shooting touch at home

Wizards lose 3-point shooting touch at home
January 2, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Wizards endure tough shooting night

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For whatever reason, the Wizards, who became a good home team last season when they won just 29 games, are having problems at Verizon Center. They're only 7-6, losing four of their last five games after Wednesday's sloppy 87-78 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. 

"Just got to close out games. We gave away a couple of games here. Got to find ways to make plays down the stretch. Win those easy games and those games we should win," said John Wall. "Yesterday, we couldn't make any plays."

One of the culprits in home losses has been what's supposed to be a strength for the Wizards (14-15): Three-point shooting.

  • 5-or-24 vs. the Mavericks
  • 3-for-14 vs. the Los Angeles Clippers
  • 5-for-24 vs. the Denver Nuggets
  • 8-for-27 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks

Wall's assists have dipped in these games, too, averaging 8.2, as Martell Webster, Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza have been off the mark. And not coincidentally, Wall has had to carry the offense. He has led in scoring in all four losses.

"You've got to get to the basket, get to the foul line," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Create scoring opportunities other than just, 'Is my jump shot going in or out?' We're going to have cold nights."

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