The Washington Wizards (3-21) and Detroit Pistons (8-21) are two of the worst teams in the NBA, so fans could at least expect them to play a close game when they met on Friday. That didn’t even come close to happening as Detroit blasted Washington 100-68 at the Palace.
Wizards coach Randy Wittman was so embarrassed by his squad’s performance on Friday night, he literally apologized to just about everyone who watched the awful game.
“That was an embarrassment, and I apologize to our ownership and to our fans,” Wittman said after the game, per the AP. “I especially apologize to anyone who watched that entire game. I would have turned it off after the first five minutes.”
The Wizards did have a minor excuse. Nene was out with a foot injury, first-round pick Bradley Beal is out with a back injury, and Trevor Ariza has a calf injury. Essentially you had the B-team for a team full of B-players seeing most of the minutes during the game.
It’s not as if Detroit played particularly well, either. The Pistons only shot .422 percent from the field, though they did make .417 of their three-point attempts. Washington was truly awful. The Wizards went 28-85 from the field for a .329 percent field goal rate.
I don’t care how many injuries the Wizards have, or how long John Wall has been out. Once you start losing games this badly and the coach makes comments like that, it usually signifies time to make a coaching change.