Carter: Wizards continue to struggle on the roadThursday, January 20, 2012By Ivan CarterCSNwashingtonpost.comYou have to give theWizards this: they've been amazingly consistent away from Verizon Center. Consistently bad.Last night's loss in Milwaukee dropped Flip's crew to 0-20 on the road and while they still have a ways to go to match an NBA record, they way in which they continue to lose makes you wonder whether they are going to pull it off. Again, the Wizards did some good things for stretches but fell apart late. The offense stopped flowing, shots stopped falling and the Wiz allowed guys like Earl Boykins and Keyon Doolingto lightthem up late.While it's possible to point to talent as an issue,the real problem boils down to mental toughness and this Wizards team utterly lacks it. When pushed or challenged, this group folds every single time. Not sure how Flip Saunders is going to fix that. The hope here is that rookie John Wall doesn't become so tainted by the losing that it affects his confidence. I don't think it will but man, he's young. The rest of this group is simply too used to this kind of thing. Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and Nick Young have lost a ton of games over the last three seasons so what are a few more? I hope that's not the attitude but you have to wonder when you see this group fall apart again and again in tight situations. The good news is that the Wiz are a solid 12-8 at home where they host Phoenix and Boston this weekend. And speaking of Boykins, Michael Lee of the Post had a great blog post about the little man's long career. -We'll touch on the Wizards today for the show but we'll really hit the NFL championship games. Doc Walker will be in the house as well as Post Redskins reporter Rick Maese. We'll rank the fourremaining defenses in terms of dominance. The Jets, Steelers, Packers and Bears all bring good ones to the table.
Road struggles continue for Wiz
January 20, 2011, 4:25 pm