The Washington Wizards are off to a 1-7 start. And by the looks of things, it’s not going to get better anytime soon. After all, they just fell to OKC at home 134-111. Embarrassing, to say the least. So embarrassing, in fact, that fans would boo the Wizards off their own court following the game.
For what it’s worth, though, Bradley Beal says the team isn’t going to panic. At this point, however, we cannot say that’s worth much. Again, the Wizards are 1-7. And more than that, they look awful.
“I’m not hitting the panic button. I’m not hitting it and I don’t think we are either as a team,” Beal told ESPN’s Royce Young following the loss. “We understand it’s still early, it’s not perfect. We understand patience is running low from everybody, from ourselves. Nobody is more disappointed than us. I’m definitely going to say that.”
Thus far, the Wizards are averaging 111.8 points per game through nine contests. That’s fifth-best in the conference! But defensively, they’re allowing 123.9 points per game. Unsurprisingly, that’s dead last in the league. It’s clear that right now, scoring isn’t the problem. But goodness gracious their defense is putrid. And there’s no easy fix for that — not on the surface, anyway.
“Offense has never been a problem for us,” John Wall added. “We score the ball very well. It’s just what can we do on the defensive end. Until we figure that out, we’re going to have these same problems. … It just looks like nobody is on the same page.”
That’s never what you want. And we’re only nine games into the season. It just looks really, really bad. No team with both Wall and Beal should be this bad. But the Wizards are here, and they’re that bad. Up next, they host the New York Knicks on Sunday. And at this point, we cannot say it’ll go well.