Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has conceded that he can’t explain why the team is slumping so badly as they look set to limp into the playoffs.
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Given their impressive start to the season, the Wizards had genuine aspirations of at least claiming home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference with a top-four finish.
However, as each game passes it looks more and more unlikely and the team is visibly struggling in running plays correctly as they suffered another loss on Sunday to the Houston Rockets.
That defeat leaves Randy Wittman’s team at 41-33 for the season which leaves them two-and-a-half games adrift of the Toronto Raptors for the fourth seed.
Following their fifth loss in six games which postponed their playoff-securing party, Wall was left with more questions than answers about the team’s struggles.
“I wouldn’t put it on the coach, because he’s doing a great job of drawing it up. Like he always says, if you don’t know, you’ve got time before you walk on the court to ask again. So it’s all on us as players,” Wall said, ESPN reports.
“We show a sense of urgency one game, and another game, we take it off. To be where we want to be and go as far as we did last year, we have to turn it around or…we’ll be done quick.”
Wall’s form has been solid throughout the campaign but the likes of Paul Pierce, Bradley Beal, Nene and Marcin Gortat have struggled to have the same level of influence as they were having earlier in the year.
If Washington have genuine ambitions of causing an upset in the post-season and making a deep playoff run, then they will need all their stars firing in a potential first-round clash with the Raptors if things stay as they are in the standings.