The glow from a sterling 10–3 start long since faded for the Washington Wizards. With a blowout loss at Memphis on Jan. 29, the Wizards are but xiii–23 since the blazing beginning and fell to 11th place in the Eastern Conference. So it’south not a complete surprise there might be some palace intrigue in the locker room. Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie shared some insights later on the chirapsia at the hands of the Grizzlies that paint an ugly motion-picture show of team dynamics in DC.
Washington has lost five games in a row, including an epic meltdown on Jan. 25 when the Wizards gagged up a 35-bespeak lead at home in a 116-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. First-year coach Wes Unseld Jr. might require more a magic wand to ready the team.
The Washington Wizards didn’t sustain the defense
He’s a career 31.8% three-point shooter, so 1 could question a organisation that has Dinwiddie launching almost half (46.seven%) of his attempts from the deep country.
Afterward the loss in Memphis, Dinwiddie told Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington of some trouble behind the scenes.
“It’due south an interesting situation,” Dinwiddie said. “I spoke upwardly a little fleck early on [this season]. Information technology wasn’t necessarily welcomed. And so, like I said, I try to do whatsoever’s asked of me. At the end of the solar day, everybody has a role to play. Information technology’s about being answerable in your role and doing that to the best of your power. That’s really all I’ve got.”
If that sounds like potential trouble in paradise, you are probably on to something.
Spencer Dinwiddie runs the crime, but Bradley Beal is the frontman
The Washington Wizards opened 2021–22 with a overabundance of new faces. Also Spencer Dinwiddie, Washington as well added Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, Aaron Holiday, and Isaiah Todd.
The team also recently welcomed Thomas Bryant (knee) and Rui Hachimura (personal) from extended absences. Working Bryant into the rotation with centers Harrell and Daniel Gafford proved particularly challenging.
Only the Wizards are Bradley Beal’s team. The longest-tenured player on the club, Beal came to DC in the 2012 NBA Typhoon. He evolved from an often-injured young player to one of the NBA’s aristocracy scorers, averaging 31.3 points per game terminal season.
Only Washington hasn’t advanced past the first round of the playoffs since 2017. They were even so called the Bullets during their last deep playoff run, an NBA Finals loss in 1979.
Over the last several seasons, much of the narrative surrounding Beal has involved merchandise speculation. That despite the 28-year-onetime from St. Louis repeatedly claiming that he doesn’t desire to get out the nation’due south capital.
The merchandise buzz heated up anew when Beal rejected a contract extension. Nonetheless, it makes more financial sense to sign a new contract. But NBA trade rumors seldom permit inconvenient realities interfere with a fun storyline.
Spencer Dinwiddie might non be the virtually popular guy in the locker room for the Washington Wizards. But with the team in freefall, someone needs to take the reins earlier a promising kickoff disintegrates into a lost season.
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