Despite all the talk that the Wizards were ahead of where they thought they would be at this time of training camp and the pre-season, evidenced by the performance against Philadelphia Friday night it's probably the other way around. The Wizards might be a casualty of the lockout in terms of the short preparation time given for the season that starts December 26.
"I told them how hard we play in practice, the six or seven days, and how we competed, that didn't translate over," Wiz Coach Flip Saunders said after the 103-78 loss to the Sixers at Verizon Center. "The one thing I was waiting to see, that is the one thing I hoped I would see. We came out just too cool."
Veteran forward Andray Blatche scored a team-high 18 points and was the only Wizard in double figures versus the Sixers.
"That performance we had was nothing close to the performance of training camp," Blatche said. "There was no effort. There was no passion. It was like guys were just out there to be there. We haven't had six turnovers during scrimmages over all of training camp."
The Wizards committed 20 turnovers for the game, with guard John Wall turning the ball over six times.
"The way we played through training camp, seven days of practice, going through defense, passing the ball offensive wise, we didn't do any of that," Wall said.
The Wizards and Wall get another shot at Philadelphia in the second and final pre-season game Tuesday night on the road.
"It's great. We have to make a statement," Wall said.