WASHINGTON – After walking off the court before the final buzzer on Wednesday, Wizards coach Randy Wittman headed for the locker room to say some words Bradley Beal doesn’t even want to think about again.
“We didn’t see him walk off,” Beal said to 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes on Thursday, of Wittman’s premature exit after Washington’s 103-101 loss to the Pacers, in which the Wizards gave up the go-ahead basket on what looked to be an easy layup off a George Hill pick and roll. “But he was infuriated after the game. He said some words that I can’t even think about in my head, or think about saying no more.”
Wittman cleaned up the language for reporters in describing how his Wizards blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead.
“We’re undisciplined,” he said. “We blew that lead because of our gambling and giving no effort defensively. We just quit playing defensively. Up to that point, it was pretty good. I don’t trust these guys to do any switching. We never do any switching. And we were switching.”
Still, Beal remains positive the Wizards will regroup in time for the playoffs.
“It’s a stepping stone for us,” he said of the Wizards’ fourth consecutive loss. “We’re still growing. We’re still learning. We’ve been on this roller coaster for the last month or two and we just got to snap out of it. I mean it was definitely a disappointing loss last night.
“We definitely should have won the game; we kind of just gave it to ‘em. But I think we’ll figure it out, man. I know Wit was serious, everybody was frustrated last night. We watched film today, and I think we’re on the mend now. We’re gonna regroup and do whatever it takes to start winning.”
Beal also put out his final reaction to Warriors center Marreese Speights, who after beating the Wizards handily on Monday, asserted their game plan was to make a few defensive stops which they knew would lead to infighting among the Wizards.”
“I don’t pay attention to that,” Beal said. “Mo said what he said and he’s a Florida guy, so I know how Mo personally. It was kind of bogus what he said. But I don’t think we’re a team that quits, I don’t think we’re a soft team. I think there are times when we don’t play hard. I think there are times when we don’t give 110 percent while we’re out there, but by no means do we ever quit. So I just wanted to set that straight.”