The Washington Wizards continued their free fall against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night in Capital One Arena. The Hawks ran away from the Wizards in the second half and ended up winning 136-108. Washington has now lost nine straight games and is 2-14 on the season.
From even before the tip, the Wizards were clearly still reeling from the previous night’s tilt against Milwaukee. Jordan Poole was ruled out just before the game started with an ankle injury. Corey Kispert stepped into the starting lineup for Poole. But Kispert and the rest of the team looked gassed early on as they airballed at least three shots in the first five minutes of the game.
The fatigue may have also contributed to Washington’s other issues. They posted their second-worst turnover percentage of the season, according to Cleaning The Glass. Kyle Kuzma turned the ball over five times himself and even Tyus Jones coughed the ball up twice. Many of those turnovers turned into transition opportunities for Atlanta. Washington, predictably, struggled to keep up with one of the league’s best fastbreak teams. The Hawks also dominated the offensive glass by grabbing 35.8% of their misses. The Wizards shot just 26.3% from three-point range and generated very few shots at the rim (in part due to facing a set defense nearly every time down the court).
Corey Kispert struggled mightily after one of the best games of his career on Friday. He went 3-for-14 from the field and 1-for-10 from deep. Bilal Coulibaly returned from a knee injury and played 31 minutes. The rookie had an up-and-down performance with highlight passes and defensive miscues in seemingly equal measure. Landry Shamet provided a bright spot with aggressive shooting and the ability to get the offense moving. He finished with 12 points and 2 assists.
Something’s gotta give in Washington’s next game. They will travel to the Motor City for a date with the Detroit Pistons, who have lost 13 games consecutive. That game is on Monday at 7:00 p.m. on League Pass.