ORLANDO – This is what frustration looks like.
John Wall looks at a three-pointer darting through the net and collapsing on his shoulders.
Markieff Morris disagrees with a three-second violation that led to a turnover and to directing an official to an executive.
Bradley Beal turns and walks away with an empty expression after watching Dwight Howard lose a hold.
On Friday night, the collective body language of the Washington Wizards told the story of the loss of the 117-108 team against the Orlando Magic. Wizards seemed frustrated. With the neglected moments that created 29 points for Magic Off's turnovers. With the officiant who led to two free throws for an attack guard. And above all, they seemed frustrated with one another.
Their sighs and moans may seem silent, but amplify after the poor defensive assets. Washington left the Magic tee from three points in the first half for eight attempts in 15 attempts.
The way you look at one another when someone makes a mistake can be fleeting, but those wide-eyed expressions are becoming the official resting face of the wizards.
"I think we have to stay away from all the negative activities that are happening," said Jeff Green. "Focus on the things we can control and how I said it's energy and that's the effort, and if we keep doing that, I think we'll get out of this hole."
The problem is that the Wizards show the energy, effort and chemistry of a 2-9 team and the hole they dug only seems to get worse.
After the game, Green spoke for a long time, sharing his reflections on the body language of the team.
"It's just negative energy that's in the air." "Can we control it?" "Yes." "How can we get out?" "Go to the next game," Green said. "It was just a lot of frustration games and I think we'll let them join us, but today we showed a promise, we fought, and for me it's something we can go on tomorrow."
While it is true, the Wizards have pulled less than 106-105 with 2:30 remaining after scoring 25 points – a positive sign for a team desperate for them – the all-star guards have spent their legs in the second half to recover.
"It's never good, I mean, you waste all your energy," Wall said after the second consecutive Wizards match in which they had to overcome a deficit of over 20 points. "At the end of the game, [the opponents’] the legs are good I can make hard shots, even if we had a great opportunity to have a good look. "
Both Beal and Wall recorded the first night of a set back-to-back 42 minutes simply because the Wizards needed such a strong victory and coach Scott Brooks went with a formation, any training, which showed signs of a pulse.
The small group formed by Wall, Beal and Austin Rivers – who is becoming the best defender one against one – Kelly Oubre Jr. and Green have created stolen balls, scored on the break and found their goal in three points (4 out of 8). from beyond the bow). However, after Wall struck a shot to bring the Wizards within one, consecutive defensive gaffes led to Orlando's decisive run.
Although Wall has mentioned the downside in having to chase the whole game, he has not blamed the fatigue for his three blown layups towards the end of the game.
While Wall took the responsibility to short-circuit his base drive, which followed D.J. Augustin's agonizing treble with 2:11 to play, he firmly believed he had not received a call during his next attempt.
Magic Center Nikola Vucevic is not known as a blocker, but has been credited with filling Wall on the record. Not so, Wall said. Vucevic made him stumble and Wall noticed after the game that the moment still disturbed him.
"It seems incredible to me to drive to the basket a lot and only pull two free throws," said Wall. "Always get an excuse when it comes to attacking the basket, but when it comes to anyone else in this league, it seems like it's never that."
Wall's frustration began to grow as he dressed in front of his stall.
"Vucevic made me stumble," Wall said, then repeated a conversation he had with an official. "And he said," I did not see you tripart in. You just lost the layup. "Do not get me wrong, if it's a big defense, I'll give the guys credit, but the way I attack the basket is incredible. I'm only getting two free throws I'm not a jumping shooter I can do shots I do it sometimes But it's frustrating because you look and see some guys, like, who they are or what they're doing they're getting those calls. , it's always an excuse with me. "
After talking to officials, Wall was asked if he sensed that his teammates are frustrated with each other. Wall denied it, but as he continued to express his point, his words suggested more frustration.
"Nah, we're just trying to keep everyone from holding their heads up, staying positive," Wall said. "We just have to go out and compete, that's all you can do, one thing is, I said, you can not preach or teach the effort and the heart, you have to go out there and do it until we all find out in this locker room … who want to commit themselves to that at the end of the defense, start with me and everyone else, we will stay in this hole. "
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