Wittman at wits' end

Wittman at wits' end
February 23, 2012, 3:11 pm
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Coach Randy Wittman's frustration with his losing ball club boiled over after the Wizards' fourth straight loss, a 115-107 defeat to Sacramento Wednesday night at Verizon Center.

"Until our team is committed to playing winning basketball, until they're committed to doing that, we're going to be like this team tonight," a clearly miffed Wittman said in a brief post-game news conference.

Wittman made a point to call out his shooting guard Nick Young's whirling dervish attempt at a 360 layup that fell just a shade short in the second quarter.

"I know the term has been used, style over substance, but you know weve got guys going in for a layup and does a reverse 360 and misses the whole thing. The crowd ooohed and aaahed but we didn't get any points out of it."

Young defended the attempt.

"If I make it, everybodys on my side. If I miss it, then its a bad shot, Young said. Young finished with 17 points on 6-23 shooting. I didnt know I had that many shots. I was just trying to get things going for my teammates."

After scoring a season-high 68 points in the first half, the Wizards struggled offensively in the fourth quarter, shooting just 6-16 as a team as Sacramento took over the game.

"They just outplayed us in the second half," Wizards guard John Wall said. Wall finished with a 21 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds.

"Second half we became selfish and didn't play team defense and they picked us apart," Wall said. "First half we played as a team moved the ball and had 68 points, second half we didn't."

Wizards guard Jordan Crawford came off the bench to score a season-high 32 points.

"We have to get better, both mentally and physically," Crawford said.

With their fourth straight loss, the Wizards head into the all-star break with a 7-26 record.

"Weve got to take this break to get our minds right and come back energized and ready to play," Young said.