Mar 14, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman talks with forward Trevor Booker (35) against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Randy Wittman Hints Changes In Washington Wizards' Rotation Following Suns Loss

The Washington Wizards haven’t had much success as of late, dropping four of their last five games, and are now just 1 game above .500. The Wizards have been up-and-down all season long, but the absence of Nene has really begun to catch up to them and their defense has slipped recently.

After losing another close game at home last night against the Phoenix Suns, head coach Randy Wittman talked about potentially making some changes to their lineup.

That’s what we’ve got to clean up. If it’s lineup changes, we’ve got to find guys who do what we did, got down 25 and then said, ‘We better come play, this really could get ugly.

He noted the change in the lineup late in the game after he decide to play ‘small ball’, putting John Wall, Andre Miller and Bradley Beal all out on the floor together. The Wizards were able to space the floor with a smaller lineup, opening driving lanes for John Wall, and they eventually cut down a 25 point deficit to just 3.

I’m not sure if Wittman will decide to make any changes to the starting lineup, especially considering how been the defense already has been without Nene. Drew Gooden has given the Wizards a big lift off the bench in terms of scoring, but I don’t think he’s a good enough rebounder or defender to play along side the starters. Of course, it wouldn’t surprise me if that’s the move Wittman makes since Gooden has been very good on the offensive side of the floor, but I think we’ll ultimately see the Wizards play a smaller lineup for a longer period of time in the near future.

Washington will play against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, so I guess we’ll have to see if Wittman makes and changes to his lineup or rotation. Wittman hasn’t really been open about his rotations prior to the games and I’m sure he’ll avoid answering any questions pertaining to those potential changes.

Nevertheless, the Wizards have to start playing with a more sense of urgency and if lineup changes increases that, then so be it. Washington has to find a way to start winning games, especially if they want to avoid playing against the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat in the first round of the postseason.

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