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Daily Digits: The Wizards are at their best when they’re at their worst

Washington Wizards v Indiana Pacers Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the Wizards’ Net Rating when they’re behind by 20 points or more, which is...

+14.6

If you wanted to build an argument that the Wizards are a talented team that struggles with motivation, perhaps the best place to start is looking at how they perform once their pride is at stake.

In Monday’s loss against the Pacers, the Wizards put together a 19-0 run to turn what was shaping into a blowout back into a competitive game before ultimately falling short. It’s the latest in a pattern of losses where the team gets down big early, puts together a furious run to get back in the game, and then run out of steam in the final minutes.

When you plot out the team’s net rating based on the scoring margin, it’s pretty clear when the team ramps things up:

If Washington could just find a way to harness the energy they exert when a game is getting out of hand into when the game is still close, they could be a very fearsome team.