The road for the Washington Wizards in the 2011-12 season is probably best compared to being stuck on 495 at 5:30pm on a Thursday. It's filled with blocked paths, frustrating lane changes, and the inevitable delays due to "rubber necking"
Yup, that's pretty much what we have with our Wizards this year.
A team that struggles to score, shooting under 40%. A team that gets out rebounded nightly, and a team that averages less than 14 assists per game....from the entire team, not just from PG John Wall! This is going to be one tough season, especially with the amount of games smashed into each month of the NBA season this year.
My major concern over the next 60 days is how the team will react when the losses mount. How will this young team respond when they continue to lose, get out played, and find new and even more creative ways to drop games that they had a chance to win?
Will the players turn on each other?
Will Flip give more PT to the veteran players and abandon the youth movement?
Will the players turn on the coaching staff?
These are major "what if's" that I think are starring the franchise directly in the face right now. 0-10, 0-15, 0-18, are all possibilities of what's to come. Can Ted Leonsis continue to sell his optimism to a group of players and fans that are beaten down in disappointment?
The long term plan is only beginning....we know this. But it's going to very tough to keep the ultimate end goal visible, when a team struggles as badly as this team has and will over the course of these next few months.