Wizards booed off court docket after 1-7 begin | NBA


Followers booed the Wizards off the court docket following a 134-111 loss to the Thunder on Friday — however the gamers aren’t panicking, regardless of a 1-7 begin. 

“I am not hitting the panic button … and I do not assume we’re both as a staff,” guard Bradley Beal mentioned (per ESPN). “We perceive it is nonetheless early, it isn’t good. We perceive persistence is working low from everyone, from ourselves. No person is extra upset than us. I am undoubtedly going to say that.

“I will by no means quit on this staff. What are we going to do about it? Simply fold up early within the yr and quit on the yr or struggle again and attempt to compete like we all know we’re able to doing? And I refuse to let the ship sink, in order one of many captains on the staff I put a variety of duty on my shoulders. I’ve bought to be higher leadership-wise on the ground, giving extra, main by instance, and hopefully guys will observe.”

The boos began within the second quarter and bought louder because the Wizards walked off the court docket down 29 at halftime. The Wizards confirmed some struggle within the third quarter, however Oklahoma Metropolis in the end outplayed Washington for the victory. 

Dwight Howard was a spotlight of the night time as he made his Wizards debut, scoring 20 factors on 7-of-Eight capturing in 23 minutes. Beal led the staff with 27 factors on 10-of-17 capturing, however Washington struggled defensively. 

“Offense has by no means been an issue for us,” guard John Wall mentioned. “We rating the ball very effectively. It is simply what can we do on the defensive finish. Till we determine that out, we’ll have these identical issues.”

Wall added: “It simply appears to be like like no one is on the identical web page.” 

The Wizards will host the Knicks (3-6) on Sunday with tip-off set for six p.m. ET. 

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