Tuesday March 15, 2011 4:30 p.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
After yet another uninspired Wizards performance and, not coincidentally, another blowout loss at home--this time to Oklahoma City 116-89 -- there weren't many Wizards waiting around in the locker room to talk after the game Monday night. A few did, including rookie point guard John Wall who has become the team's vocal leader.
I asked Wall if this was the most frustrated he has been in a Washington uniform?
"Yeah, I would say so," Wall said. "The sad thing is, we've played all these teams before and we had close games with them and took them down in to the wire and we usually play good at home. But lately we have just been playing bad and teams come in here and take away home court from us early."
The Wizards let one slip away at Oklahoma City back in late January, losing 124-117 in double OT to the Thunder. It was a game the Wizards felt like they should have won. In the rematch Monday night, there was little resistance to the Thunder's offense as Kevin Durant and company put it on the Wizards. From the jump ball, it was clear the Wizards didn't belong on the same floor.
"We know people are hurt and it's a rebuilding process but you still shouldn't not have no heart and not fight, not compete and not be into games," Wall said. "Teams are coming in here and putting on a show and the fans are cheering for them."
That was never more evident when Chicago and their fans came out in full force a few weeks ago cheering on Derek Rose and the Bulls as they steamrolled the Wizards 105-77 at Verizon Center. It was such a blowout that when Bulls fans in unison chanted Scal-la-bree-nee for renowned bench warmer Brian Scalabrine to get in the game, I thought was the lowest point of the season.
I stand corrected after the Thunder game.
The 16-49 Wizards visit the 47-18 Bulls Tuesday night.
Notes: Josh Howard re-aggravated his knee in the loss to Oklahoma City and will not play Tuesday night at Chicago. Andray Blatche (shoulder) and Rashard Lewis (knee) will also sit out again.