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Wizards coach Wittman calls out team for selfish play following loss to Raptors

Jan 4, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

Randy Wittman AP

The Raptors have solidified themselves as the third best team in the East in recent weeks, winning nine of their last 11 including the last five straight.

But that doesn’t make the Wizards feel any better about the way they were drubbed at home by Toronto on Friday in a game that Washington trailed by as many as 26 points.

Wizards head coach Randy Wittman has seen his team struggle plenty in his two-plus seasons there, and isn’t afraid to rip his players publicly when appropriate. The performance against the Raptors earned the team another postgame tongue-lashing.

From Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

Wizards Coach Randy Wittman scanned the box score as he sat at the podium after the Wizards’ 101-88 loss on Friday to the Toronto Raptors. Wittman sighed, then explained that he was “shocked” and “disappointed” with his team’s listless performance, adding that some “selfish play” had crept in and contributed to an embarrassing defeat that was much more lopsided than the final score would suggest.

“We’ve proven over the last couple of years you can’t play that way,” Wittman said, shaking his head. “And we’re getting concerned with, ‘Why am I coming out?  How many minutes am I getting? How many shots am I getting?’ rather than, ‘What is the team doing?’ and we didn’t do that tonight and that is disappointing because we’re not good enough to do it that way…We have to come back together. It is not about ‘me’ it’s about ‘us’ and it has to be focused on us and it was focused on individuals rather than the team.”

The Wizards had won five of six before dropping consecutive games to the Mavericks and Raptors, so perhaps Wittman was simply making sure to stop the recent slide before it went any further.

But there is something to his comments, at least in terms of the team’s lack of sharing the ball: Washington has one more turnover (37) than it has assists (36) over these last two losses, and managed just one assist in a third quarter that the Raptors won by 20 points.

  1. nyhammerhead - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Force T took them to the woodshed. Raps on a mission. Spurs and Thunder found out the hard way , losing. Three head guard Monster. Get on the Bandwagon now. Even Lakers fans are welcomed. But no Cs.

  2. floridabred - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Beal’s injuries have not helped…Wall is the real deal. If Nene can stay on the court there is no reason that the Wizards can’t be a 5th or 6th seed

  3. azarkhan - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Didn’t Nene and Marcin Gortat accuse their teammates of being selfish several weeks ago? Even if the Wizards make the playoffs, it will be because they are in the ridiculous Eastern Conference, not because they have turned the corner and become a good franchise.

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