Fans Boo Wizards; Saunders Embarrassed
Coach Flip Saunders helplessly searched for a player who would at least show mock interest in competing, but instead had to watch a 48-minute flurry of errant jumpers, bad passes and defensive lapses. John Wall placed a towel over his head as the Wizards walked off the court following a 93-72 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but that couldn’t shield him from hearing the cascade of boos levied by a paltry but enraged crowd at Verizon Center.
“To be honest with you, I’m kind of speechless after this performance,” said Andray Blatche, who scored just 10 points on 5-of-16 shooting. “It’s not even mad, it’s just sickening, frustrating, embarrassing. They booed us tonight and we deserved it. I don’t know what to say.”
“You can’t give 82 Knute Rockne talks every night,” a flustered Saunders said after the Wizards had their lowest scoring output since Feb. 21, 2009. “I’m going to go home tonight and I’m going to see what I can do as a coach to get us better because evidently right now, I haven’t done a good enough job. That’s evident because we’re not totally getting through to some guys, and some guys continue to play the way they want to play and not the way that we need to play as a team.”
“It was bad to watch. It was bad to coach. It was bad to play,” Saunders said. “Disappointment. Embarrassment. I don’t know if words can explain. My job over the next two days is to try to find five guys that can play the right way and can play with some heart.”