Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. the Wizards lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-98.
The Thunder shot 54.4 percent from the field in the win, and nailed 10-of-18 from three-point range.
Wizards coach Flip Saunders is tired of his team’s inability to play defense.
Mike Jones of the Washington Times reports:
“This team needs a mindset change. This team for the last five years has been known as one of the worst defensive teams in the league, and until we make a commitment…” Saunders said, stopping himself short before hunkering down in front of the microphone. “We couldn’t stop anybody out there. We could’ve taken five guys out of this room and they would’ve had a chance. …
“[Oklahoma City] is playing a lot better, but that is not the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Los Angeles Lakers or one of those teams yet. Until they score on you and it hurts, we’re kidding ourselves.” …
The Wizards had primarily used a zone defense to slow the Thunder in the second quarter, but in the third Oklahoma City found a way around it to make 10 of its 19 field goal attempts - further stoking Saunders’ frustrations.
“Zone got us back in the game, and we did well playing some zone. And then guys want to come out of the zone and play man-to-man, but they can’t guard anybody!” the coach fumed. “I could go out there on that floor and take anyone on our team one-on-one at  years old and drive around them.”
It’s tough to say what Saunders can do. Other than Russell Westbrook, who was slightly off, virtually every member of the Thunder who played real minutes shot well last night.
It may be time for the Wizards to break up the Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison core.