Andray Blatche has been playing lazy, uninspired basketball for the past few weeks. Sure, on the offensive end he’s still scoring in bunches, but on defense, he’s been absolutely atrocious. And his lack of hustle is rubbing off on the rest of the team.
But here’s the thing: Flip Saunders simply refuses to do anything about it. I don’t know if it’s because Saunders doesn’t want to start another war with Blatche (the two sides butted heads big time last season), or if it’s because Saunders isn’t confident in any of Blatche’s backups. Regardless, a message needs to be sent to the rest of the team–that everyone will be held accountable. Until Blatche starts showing an intent to put in a real amount of effort each game, his minutes should be going down. A young team needs direction, and it needs leadership. Establishing a hard-nosed defense is one of the easiest ways to get a squad back on track. The Wizards have the potential to pick things up, but only if they can play cohesively as a unit. And at the moment, Andray Blatche is the odd man out keeping things from clicking again.