Washington’s offense goes ice cold as they fall to Chicago, 101-92 in their latest embarrassing loss of the season. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 34 points but didn’t get much help elsewhere as the next highest scorer for the Wizards was Thomas Bryant with 12 points.
After a hard to watch, slog it out the first quarter, the Wizards somehow held the lead, 22-20. But that’s when things went south. Washington, playing without the services of John Wall, Markieff Morris, and Otto Porter tonight were forced to go deep into their bench. As a result, Scott Brooks trotted out Chasson Randle, Ron Baker, Tomas Satoransky, Sam Dekker, and Ian Mahinmi to start the second period. And to no one’s surprise, the offense came to a screeching halt.
After a Dekker layup to put Washington up 24-20, the Wizards would be held without a point over the next 5:30 of the quarter. Washington’s offense finally woke up as they ended the quarter on a 13-4 run somehow taking a 42-40 lead into halftime.
In the first half, it was the offense that disappeared, in the second half, it was the defense. The Bulls, who have the NBA’s worst offense only mustered up 40 points in the first half yet, somehow scored 34 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
The Wizards had a few last-ditch efforts but Chicago had an answer every time to keep Washington at bay. Washington falls 101-92 to a taking Bulls squad in what looks like their worst loss of the season to date.
Scott Brooks is in over his head
Yes, the Wizards were shorthanded tonight but some of Brooks’ rotations were egregious. To start the second quarter, when the Wizards managed just two points over the first six minutes, he had Randle-Baker-Satoransky-Dekker-Mahinmi on the floor. The Wizards struggled to score and frankly, do much of anything with that lineup on the floor but luckily their opponent is equally as bad so the game wasn’t lost there.
Meanwhile, Washington’s first-round pick in Troy Brown Jr. still couldn’t get any minutes even though the Wizards were shorthanded and trotted out arguably the worst five-man lineup we’ve seen this season.
With the loss, Washington falls to 13-23 and hasn’t looked anything close to a team that might turn things around. To make matters worse, the schedule is about to get a whole lot tougher. With one game left in 2018 against Charlotte, the Wizards kick off the New Year with the following schedule – ATL, @MIA, @OKC, @PHI, PHI, MIL, TOR. Aside from the Atlanta game, the Wizards will be underdogs in every one of those games making a free fall to a 14-30 record very possible.
Will that be enough for the front office to finally make a change or would they still feel that a playoff push is in this team? We all know the answer but do the people calling the shots know it?