Hanrahan: Bear of a road trip

Hanrahan: Bear of a road trip
January 28, 2011, 2:47 pm
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Friday January 28, 2011 11:32 a.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
CSNwashington.com
After getting their biggest win of the season against Boston last Saturday night, the Wizards followed it up with two lackluster performances and losses at New York Monday and at home against Denver Tuesday. That has been a familiar and disappointing pattern this season, with the Wizards getting a possible momentum-building win and then not even coming close to building on it.

They start from scratch again now, looking for their first road win at Oklahoma City on Friday night, the first of four games away from D.C. "I think our guys are looking forward to going on the road," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said, even though his team has an 0-21 away record. "Sometimes going on the road for a four game trip is better than going for one game because you have an opportunity to bond a little bit, set your feet together do some things together as a team. I think our guys are looking forward to playing and we are looking forward to getting a win on the road."

The Wizards will have to shore up their defense if they want to have any chance to pull of any road wins, as they allowed 120 points in the loss to Denver and 115 points at New York. Saunders downplayed the lack of defense by pointing out that both those teams are two of the highest scoring teams in the league.

Look out, because Oklahoma City is another high scoring team, averaging 103.8 points a game, led by all-star forward Kevin Durant and his 28 points a game.

"Down the stretch we got to learn how to get stops like we did against Boston," Wizards guard John Wall said. "We can't make no more excuses or complain about not winning on the road, we just got to do the job."

This is a bear of road trip for the Wizards. After Oklahoma City, the 13-31 Wizards visit Memphis Saturday night, Dallas Monday then New Orleans on Tuesday.

"If we play the right way like we did against Boston, not turn the ball over and play with some defensive intensity you know whether we are at home or on the road we will have a chance to win and thats all we can hope for," Saunders said.