The Washington Wizards are fresh off one of the biggest single-game collapses in NBA history. The meltdown against the Los Angeles Clippers was the ‘cherry on top’ to a terrible stretch of play from the team.
The Wizards have now lost four in a row, including an all-time meltdown and a 29 point beating. Players are embarrassed, fans are frustrated and many people are simply confused. This roster is far more talented on paper than they’re suddenly playing like.
The bad news for them is the game is obviously played on the court, not on paper. The same court where they can’t seem to figure things out.
After losing their fourth straight game, with the final two coming in an embarrassing fashion, Kyle Kuzma expressed his feelings about the teams’ performance.
"“I mean, something’s gotta change, I don’t know. It’s pretty comical at this point. To blow a 35-point lead,”"
As many Wizards fans know, it almost is comical at this point. The blown lead against the Clippers is bad enough before you add in that the Clippers were very shorthanded for the game. Clearly, Kuz is feeling a similar frustration as many fans are right now.
As he continued answering questions after the game, Kuz provided insight on what kind of changes could help the current group of players.
Kyle Kuzma Makes a Great Point About the Wizards Rotation
Following Tuesday’s unheard-of blown lead, Kuz was clearly frustrated. Still, he handled himself well and made a couple of points that hopefully will be heard by the coaching staff and even the front office
"“We can just continue to do this or we can change, I don’t know. It’s kind of above my pay grade,”"
"“We’re still trying to fit multiple guys into the rotation. We’re still trying to figure out roles after 40, 50 games… You would think that as a collective group we would have our roles figured out, but we don’t,”"
First, the coaching staff is in a tough spot right now because of the number of players the Wizards just got back. Suddenly the team has three healthy centers who are all not only capable of playing but all deserve to have a role.
They can’t keep handling it the way they have been recently, though. Daniel Gafford is starting but can’t crack 13 minutes. Thomas Bryant and Montrezl Harrell are getting the rest of the run as the team doesn’t seem to know what exactly they want to do.
If roster moves aren’t imminent, the Wizards need to tighten up the rotation and allow guys to get in more of a rhythm. That will allow roles to be established and understood, like Kuzma referenced.