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"With a healthy roster, I think we played 22 games," Martell Webster said. "And those were an amazing 22 games. Scary team."
Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 11 rebounds, leading six players in double figures for Washington in a 120-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night for the Wizards' third straight win.
It's no secret that Wizards coach Randy Wittman likes a short rotation, no more than eight or nine players. It's his belief that playing everyone on his bench is not a long-term recipe for success.
Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman must have felt like it was time to pull a rabbit out of his hat when his team faced the Orlando Magic on Wednesday at the Amway Center.
Randy Wittman is getting tired of the question. But it gets asked after every practice and before and after every game: When is John Wall coming back? Last week, Wittman jokingly deflected the question for what must have seemed like the hundredth time.
His nightly walk toward the tunnel is slow. His head is down, his body language unmistakable. This was supposed to be his year to break through, to lead his team out of mediocrity and into the playoffs. His chance to have his name spoken alongside the Celtics' Rajon Rondo, the Thunder's Russell Westbrook, the Clippers' Chris Paul.
Up by two over the Portland Trail Blazers, the Washington Wizards had blown a 15-point fourth quarter lead and were barely hanging on, almost holding their collective breath until the final buzzer. When it sounded, the Wizards found themselves in the win column for the first time this season.
Nene was nowhere to be found. The Washington Wizards 6-foot-11 center wasn't on the inactive list, but he wasn't at the end of the bench, either. After playing more than 48 minutes total in the last two games, Nene sat out the Wizards game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday at Verizon Center, a 26-point blowout loss.
On the main Verizon Center court, Jan Vesely sank free throw after free throw. He had good form and a solid touch. The problem was, it was practice. In a game situation, Vesely is just as likely to launch an air ball as make the shot.
Woeful Wizards. Not only does the phrase roll off the tongue much easier than Washington Wizards, it's an accurate description of current conditions. The NBA's only winless team is a national laughingstock, a punch line waiting to happen for comics, columnists and late-night TV hosts. What a joke!
Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman normally begins his postgame news conferences by making a brief statement before taking questions. After the past couple of games, Wittman has been at a loss for words.
Despite playing a tired Utah Jazz team on the second night of a back-to-back, and a couple of tweaks to the starting lineup, it wasn't enough to get the Wizards into the win column. The Wizards lost 83-76 to the Jazz on Saturday night at Verizon Center. The loss drops the Wizards to 0-8, which ties last season's start – the worst in franchise history.
Breaking down the Wizards for the 2012-13 season.
Tim Duncan and Stephen Jackson each scored 16 points, and the San Antonio Spurs closed the preseason with a 100-85 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
As the Wizards wrapped up practice on Friday afternoon at Verizon Center, the team formed a circle at center court and heard coach Randy Wittman tell them to make sure they cleaned up a few things before the next game.
"If somebody from the bench comes and plays hard, plays good, I don't have a problem with that," Vesely said.
Like the rest of this inconsistent Wizards team, Vesely isn't sure how much he'll play on any given night but says the uncertainty is part of being on a struggling team.