It's simple: the Wizards don't know how to close out games. Their 2-14 record is proof. In crunch time, the Wizards haven't figured out exactly what to do. The indecisiveness was put on display on both ends of the floor against Boston on Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center. Another winnable game was lost, 100-94.
You have to close out with your defense," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. "Thats how you close out games, and get some pushes up the floor and get some open floor stuff if you can. What you have to do is stay aggressive and flatten out the defense.
When the fast break wasn't there for the Wizards, they struggled mightily in executing an offense, relying too much on one-on-one basketball.
"We were in a position to win the game," Wiz forward Andray Blatche said. "We need to take our time in our halfcourt sets, especially in the fourth quarter. We need to slow down and be more patient. If we do that, we will give ourselves more opportunities to be successful.
The Wizards have now dropped two games in a row after that upset win over the Thunder last week.
"Ten days ago, we weren't competing at a high level, Saunders said, but we got to the point now we are competing at a high level, and now we have to find a way to close out these games like we did Oklahoma City."
The Wizards visit Philadelphia (11-5) Monday night with another chance to improve on playing better in the waning minutes.
I think the way we are playing now we can make it a good game," Wiz guard John Wall said. "They are a tough team to play against. They are athletic and have a deep bench. We just have to keep playing hard and give ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter.
Now if the Wiz could just close out.