The Washington Wizards have lost four straight after a good start, dropping to 6-8 on the year. It’s a talented team and there’s no reason to panic, but reports say the negativity around the Wizards locker room is like a thick haze affecting the team’s ability to see a bright future. “We’ve got to cut the negativity we have coming from players, coaches, staff, media,” said Marcin Gortat, Wizards center.
Corey Joseph‘s 3-pointer at the buzzer giving the Toronto Raptors an 84-82 win stole a chance for the Wizards to reverse the slide. It was a tough blow for a team that has seemed on the cusp of elite for a few seasons now. The Wizards were playing their fourth game in five days. Lots of positives for the Wizards to take away though, including playing the best defense of the season. (It’s a lack of defense that usually signifies a team on a deep slide.) John Wall simply starts to make shots and this is a rejuvenated team. Wall missed two critical free throws, capping off a night where he shot 6-of-25 from the field. The Wizards also played without Gary Neal, who’d led the team in scoring the last two games.