The tailspin continues as the Wizards lose to the 76ers 89-81. This is the first six game losing streak for this team since the end of the 2013 season. This losing streak is firmly in the heads of the players as they are overthinking plays and seem like they don’t know what they are doing anymore on the offensive end.
With Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce, and Kris Humphries out for this one, The Sixers started out hot connecting on 4-5 field goals to start the game and enjoyed an early 13-4 lead forcing Randy Wittman to call a timeout. Otto Porter hit three of his first four shots and had seven points in the first quarter.
Three point shooting was the difference in this game as the 76ers hit 12-33 three pointers whereas the Wizards went 4-17 from long distance. It doesn’t look like Rasual Butler is going to break out of his slump anytime soon so the Wizards desperately need Beal to come back.
Ramon Sessions provided a spark for this team to start the second quarter going on a personal 7-0 run. He had three layups driving to the hole including a one on three layup where he got fouled and made the basket. The Wizards were able to stretch this lead out to five on a three pointer from Rasual Butler at the five minute mark of the quarter. Jason Richardson answered with a made three pointer that he also got fouled on. The Sixers were able to put together a strong run and regain the lead 47-42 at halftime.
Otto Porter hit his first two shots of the second half which was a great sign for this team. The lead would seesaw between the teams for the entirety of the third quarter.
The Wizards started the fourth quarter on a scoring drought and didn’t score their first field goal until the 9:15 mark on a tough floater from Otto Porter. On the other end, Philly continued to turn the ball over but the Wizards couldn’t take advantage and turn them into easy points.
Nerlens Noel sealed this game with back-to-back dunks on as many possessions with under three minutes to play in the game. Doubt crept into the Wizards heads and they were unable to score again until John Wall laid the ball in with 17 seconds when the game was already out of hand. Wiz lose 89-81.
This team is officially at rock bottom. They have lost back to back games against teams who had 12 wins prior to playing the Wizards. The Wizards haven’t won on the road since January 27th when they beat the Lakers. This is all mental at this point. Doubt creeps in once shots aren’t falling and the Wizards cannot recover. The only good thing that happened tonight was that the Bucks lost in overtime so the Wizards don’t fall to the 6 seed.