Needless to say, this isn’t the way the 2013-2014 NBA season was supposed to start for the new and improved Washington Wizards. After losing three straight, including a disappointing comeback loss to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers, the Wizards haven’t looked nearly as good as we thought they would heading into this season. Without further ado, here are the Wizards Links for the beginning of this week.
Three games into a season that was described with as many promising adjectives as possible, the Wizards appear in minor disarray. The 103 points they allowed tonight was actually the lowest of the year and they score points in bunches only because of the number of possessions they have.
The Wizards defense is probably the most disappointing aspect of the first two games. Its easy to blame this on the loss of defensive anchor Emeka Okafor, but it is so much more than that. Marcin Gortat was essentially brought in to replace Okafor and his defense has been solid.
The thing is that it’s miraculous Wittman has lasted this long. His record in Washington is now 47-87, a .350 winning percentage. That’s not good. He was hired only as a temporary replacement for Flip Saunders in the first place.
Washington will need to improve its offensive execution, starting with cutting down on turnovers. During the 2012-13 season, the Wizards averaged 15.1 turnovers per game (tied for 23rd in the league) and 21.6 assists per game (19th in the league). It’s a positive ratio, but short of the ideal 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio that playoff teams strive for.
Let’s face it, Miami’s 103-93 win over he Wizards was not a surprise. The Heat had lost its previous two games on the road and had not dropped three straight regular season games in almost a year. It didn’t bode well for the Wizards on paper.
That’s it for today’s Wizardly Links.
Even though they’re off to a bad start, the Wizards will have a chance to get back on the winning side of things this Wednesday against the surprisingly undefeated Sixers.