Washington went nearly five minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter and lost to the Hawks 103-97 on Friday night. The Wizards have now lost 13 of their last 19 games and have two losses this season against the Hawks, the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
The Wizards, who were missing John Wall (rest) and Ian Mahinmi (concussion), got off to a rough start. The offense only mustered up 12 points in the first 8 minutes of the game and then Markieff Morris got ejected after he picked up two technical fouls for arguing a call. The suddenly shorthanded Wizards fell behind by double-digits early in the second quarter and needed the rest of the second, all of the third, and some of the fourth to pull back ahead.
Bradley Beal, who finished with 32 points on 24 shots, put the Wizards ahead 93-87 with 5:28 left. But then, just like in their loss on Thursday to the Cavaliers, Washington fell apart during the closing minutes of the game. Atlanta closed the game on a 16-4 run during which the Wizards only made one field goal, on a layup by Tomas Satoransky after the Hawks had already taken a decisive lead.
With the loss, the Wizards drop into eighth-place in the East a half-game behind Milwaukee. They’re still one game behind the Heat thanks to Miami’s loss to the Knicks on Friday night.
Scott Brooks is fed up, as he should be
The last two games of the season should be fun:
This was the end of Scott Brooks's first response in the postgame presser -- and the moment I knew shots were gon' be fired tonight:— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) April 7, 2018
Brooks on lack on #Wizards' lack of passing...
“One-on-one players, there’s not many in this league and we don’t have one of our team.”
Scott Brooks: "Our perimeter defense is porous ... Embarrassing."— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) April 7, 2018
Brooks is pissed. Says he will find five guys that will give him defense even if they are all smalls.
The Wizards did all the things you’d expect them to do in a late season loss to a tanking team
We’ve already ranted about all these things before, so instead of re-hashing all the details, let’s just make a list of all the annoying habits that popped up:
- Bradley Beal played 40 minutes and the Wizards lost.
- Otto Porter played 34 minutes and only attempted 9 shots in a game without John Wall.
- Tomas Satoransky only played the final 2:56 of the fourth quarter.
- Markieff Morris got in the most extreme version of early foul trouble with his first quarter ejection. Somehow, he still managed to hoist up six shots in the 7:49 he played before he got tossed.
- The Wizards scored 12 points in the first 8 minutes of the game and 0 points during a 4 minute stretch in the fourth. It’s hard to win when you spend a quarter only scoring 12 points.
- The Wizards were outscored 48-32 in points in the paint.
- Tyler Dorsey scored a career-high 20 points for the Hawks.
- Kelly Oubre finally got out of his shooting funk a bit, with a 3-for-7 outing from deep. Problem was, he was 0-for-6 inside the arc and had a team-high 4 turnovers.
- Marcin Gortat led the Wizards with four assists. That’s not a typo.
Next up: The Wizards host their final home game of the regular season on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. as the Boston Celtics come to town.