Flip Saunders was not happy after Friday night’s loss against Toronto. “I’m more disappointed in this game than any game we’ve had,” he said. Can’t blame him.
It must have pained Coach even more to say, “That was a typical regular season game of non-playoff teams … playing the way we played. We took 29-three point shots. You don’t take 29 … you know, we’re shooting 32% from three and we take that many threes?”
But the threes aren’t something I especially noticed, aside from Jamison’s off-night 1-7, and they’re not exactly what Flip wanted to concentrate on in his post-game press conference.
Was it Gilbert Arenas’ missed layup (or Andray Blatche’s missed tips) that would have tied the game, possibly sending it into a second overtime? Nope.
“You know what, it’s always what happens is you come in after losing a game like that … and what everyone focuses on is what happened at the end. We lost the game in the first quarter.” Six minutes into the game, the Raptors were up 20-5.
The Wizards once again came out flat and dug themselves a hole. We’ve seen that one before. What’s new? It’s becoming a rather passé.
What else coach?
“We gotta change something. We’ve tried going shoot-around, we tried going no shoot-around. We’ve tried doing different things and … uhh … I don’t know what it is, but somehow we gotta get off to better starts.”
“We just buried ourselves in such a hole. You look at the end, the shot Turkoglu makes, it’s like the basketball gods … I always say they have a way of equaling things. And we just didn’t do what we needed to do.”
The basketball gods again? Why has this team forsaken the basketball gods yet another time? Oh yea, coming out lacking energy, playing undisciplined, and starting like it was going to be “another one of those games,” as Saunders said.
But the more important question might be, what have Wizards fans, through all their toils in rooting for this downtrodden franchise which has only won eight playoff games in the past twenty years, done to deserve such complacency?
Nothing. They deserve better. They deserve a team playing with energy. They deserve to not be the victim of the Wizards crossing the basketball gods.