The Washington Wizards clinched a playoff spot a few weeks ago, but they’re still battling for key playoff positioning. They’re likely to finish 6th, 7th or 8th. The best shot for them to advance past the first round is to finish 6th and face Toronto (assuming they finish 3rd), but even that’s not a given.
The Wizards recently lost to the Bobcasts, a team with whom they’re battling for positioning, and coach Randy Wittman wasn’t pleased with the effort of John Wall and Bradley Beal. Perhaps he feels the team is just happy to make the playoffs.
“When you don’t put effort in, you’re not going to have good showings. It just filters down,” Wittman said. “You can’t play with no energy or effort at one end of the floor and expect to turn it on at the other end of the floor. It doesn’t work that way. That’s been proven with these guys. It was almost like we were spinning our wheels in mud. We just didn’t come out with any enthusiasm. I don’t even know if they had a sweat broken at the jump ball.”
H/T: Washington Post