Despite what anyone might say, the game wasn’t on one man. It hasn’t been on one man all season. Not Caron Butler. Not Antawn Jamison. Not Gilbert Arenas. Not Flip Saunders. Not, etc.
The Wizards win and lose as a team.
Gil: “This is the fourth loss under my belt. I personally lost it at the end.”
Ownership of a loss. “It’s about time” or a step in the right direction? The good news is that every game brings another chance to turn the corner.
Even worse, the Kings had been complaining about how such a young team was struggling trying to win games down the stretch. You could definitely see how young the Kings were as they blew that 12-point fourth quarter by wildly launching three-pointer after three-pointer (they missed seven in the final six minutes).
But that same unit, which featured two rookies in Tyreke Evans and Omri Casspi, and a second-year forward in Jason Thompson, was still able to make the critical plays down the stretch against a veteran Wizards team that all of sudden hasn’t figured out how to win games. Confusing. Really confusing.
After the game, the frustration in the locker room was evident. Brendan Haywood, who usually always has something to say, said “I have nothing good to say. Leave me alone,” when reporters walked up to him.
Flip Saunders kept his post-game press conference short and sweet.
“Groundhog day,” Flip said. “I told our guys, all we can do is keep on plugging. When you’ve lost the games that we’ve lost, and to fall behind by 11 with six minutes to go, it would’ve been easy for them to say that’s it, but they didn’t. We went to our halfcourt trap, made plays and got back into the game, but we didn’t and that’s frustrating.”