The Wizards didn't practice on Thanksgiving. They were given the day off by coach Randy Wittman to be with family and friends, but perhaps it was also a move to get everyone away from basketball for a day and not think about the franchise-worst 0-10 start.
It's been a rough go for Washington. From the molasses-like slow starts of games, to recent drastic lineup changes made by Wittman, to controversial endings like the one in Atlanta, the Wizards have found new ways to lose in this current streak.
The NBA, as we are keenly aware, is a results-oriented business and right now the Wizards aren't getting it done. It doesn't matter how you lose, from a blowout to a buzzer beater -- they all count the same and the losses continue to mount for the now 0-10 Wizards.
Having starting center Nene back is a big boost and he gives the team immediate hope. After missing the first 9 games with plantar fasciitis, Nene came off the bench to score 12 points in 20 minutes of action in the 101-100 loss to Atlanta Wednesday night.
The final piece to the puzzle is sitting out with a sore knee. Starting guard John Wall seems to be a few weeks away from playing and his presence on the court has been missed.
The Wizards resume practice today with Charlotte in town tomorrow night. The holiday season is here with the Wizards’ wish a simple one, just getting that first win.