Rashard Lewis plans to spend the All-Star break relaxing at home with his family, but is hoping for a win to kick the weekend off right.
“Hopefully, we can take care of this game tonight against Sacramento, that makes the break a lot more easier if we can beat these guys going into the break,” Lewis said at morning shootaround in preparation to host the Kings on Wednesday night.
After the Wizards returned from their five-game road trip, in which they won the first two, then lost the final three, Lewis talked about what went right, and what went wrong.
“I thought it was a good trip for us. We came together as a team,” Lewis said.
“Chemistry-wise, off the court, I thought we played well, in the first two games most definitely. But the last three games we obviously lost. But I thought we did some good things, we just didn’t play for 48 minutes. I thought we played for three quarters in a lot of those games, and kind of lost it, lost the lead. But I still thought we did some positive things.”
There was one quarter, a five minuet stretch where we lost control of the game and just never got back into the game, especially that last game [against the Phoenix Suns].
“We definitely wanted to win that game and try to go 3-2 on this trip, make it a positive trip. We lost it the third quarter.”
“One second you look up, we’re up by one point. Trevor Booker go the and-1 and we went up one point. Then before you know it, you look up three minute later, we’re down, 15-18 points. It was very surprising for us. I thought it was a disaster for us.”
Lewis has a couple of ideas on why the Wizards, who should know better, often fall back into their bad habits when they get down.
“You’ve got to play together for 48 minutes, and not be selfish. You’ve got to play together on the defensive end, and most importantly, you’ve got to move the ball on the offensive end and play for each other.”
“When you get success and win ballgames, then guys want to take extra shots and try and get their numbers up, and maybe that was the cause, not only one player but everybody, and when everybody’s doing it, it leads to mistake after mistake after mistake. That could have happened in some one those games.”
Lewis, who was an All-Star in 2005 and 2009, plans to enjoy the break before the Wizards get back to business.
“I think there will be some exciting things going on in Orlando,” Lewis said.
“Even though I’m not going, i’ll be going home to relax with family but Orlando is a nice city, most definitely a basketball town, and I think the city of Orlando will enjoy it.”