Wizards coach, Randy Wittman, criticizes Wall and Beal’s efforts
For the Wizards young back court duo, this is the first time in their NBA careers that they have been in this position. They have clinched a playoff berth and still have three games to play. This is the time when John Wall and Bradley Beal should be seizing the moment and really start to rev it up for the second part of the season.
Wizards head coach Randy Wittman however doesn’t think they are anywhere near that level. Here’s what he told Michael Lee of the Washington Post:
When you don’t put effort in, you’re not going to have good showings. It just filters down. You can’t play with no energy or effort at one end of the floor and expect to turn it on at the other end of the floor. It doesn’t work that way. That’s been proven with these guys. It was almost like we were spinning our wheels in mud. We just didn’t come out with any enthusiasm. I don’t even know if they had a sweat broken at the jump ball.
These are pretty strong words for a coach to throw out into the media about his two young stars. Wittman thought is 100% correct. Beal and Wall seemed to have slowed down since clinching their first post season berth. Since clinching in a win against Boston, the Wizards are just 1-2 and have yet to score more than 90 points.
The Wizards are only going to go as far as John Wall and Bradley Beal take them. If they think they can just screw around and turn it on come playoff time, tell them to talk to Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals about that one because it doesn’t work. Now is the time to strike fear in the other playoff teams and show the rest of the Eastern Conference that you are for real and ready to put up a fight.
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