The Washington Wizards entered Friday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers in a tailspin, losers of five straight, with the last defeat an embarrassing 97-77 loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
If Wizards fans thought that loss in Minnesota was rock bottom, they were dead wrong. Washington went into Philly and laid another egg, losing 89-81 to the woeful Sixers. The Wizards may have been without Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce, but that’s still no excuse for shooting 32.3 percent overall and making just four threes. John Wall had 21 points and 11 assists, but the point guard shot a dreadful 7-of-26 from the field in the loss.
With the sixth-straight loss, Washington dropped to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, and the Wizards will stay there if the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers. There’s a lot of heat coming down on Wizards head coach Randy Wittman, who could find himself out of a job soon if this ship isn’t righted.
I usually don’t like getting into political talk, but considering the Wizards play in the nation’s capital, I thought this fan tweet about Wittman’s job performance was perfect:
Randy Wittman's coaching makes Congress not look so bad #dcfalling
— Joe (@hokiejoe3) February 28, 2015
Perhaps Washington will turn things around when Beal and Pierce get healthy. The Wizards still boast a formidable starting lineup when everybody is available, so it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility. Even so, there are legitimate questions about whether Wittman is the guy to get Washington to the next level. Cutting the cord now could be the best option.