Wizards embarrassed again, time to blow it up?

Ben Krimmel
November 03, 2018 - 11:08 am
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By halftime, the home fans let their voices be heard. They booed. And the boos were full-throated and they were justified. 

The boos cascaded down as the Wizards trailed by 29 points after allowing the visiting Thunder to score 79 in the opening 24 minutes. By the fourth quarter, the boos were fewer, but only because the once packed arena was nearly vacant. With a 134-111 loss to Oklahoma City, Washington fell to 1-7 on the season.

While the above sounds bad, it was really much worse. The often effective offense is completelty undone by a terrible defense. The story is told in the plus/minus numbers: John Wall and Bradley Beal finished minus-16, Austin Rivers minus-14, and Kelly Oubre Jr. minus-30. An embarrassing defeat to a Thunder team playing on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Wizards, for their part, are not panicking yet. 

"I'm not hitting the panic button. I'm not hitting it, and I don't think we are either as a team," Beal said after the game

"I've been with the group for over two years. We're gonna stick together," coach Scott Brooks said

Despite the poor start Brooks' job may be safe for now. 

One bright spot was Dwight Howard, who in his Wizards debut scored 20 points on 7-of-8 from the floor in 23 minutes. 

But the real story of the game unfolded on social media. 

Bill Simmons led the chorus of those in the media clamoring for the Wizards to "blow up" the roster and start over: trade Wall, Beal, Porter, and anybody of value.

Nothing sums up the Wizards' night quite like the picture they tweeted of Wall to announce the final score.

This is the dictionary definition of forlorn. The look of somebody who has lost his puppy. Or their will to keep on carrying on. (Whatever you do, don't Google Wall's contract extension.)

Eight games down, 74 to go. 

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