Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/12/13
Coach Randy Wittman doesn’t want to harp on what went wrong in the Wizards’ 106-105 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. They can’t go back and make the some of the 13 free throws they missed, show more patience and mismatch recognition on offense down the stretch or stop Nene from tangling with Russell Westbrook after already receiving a technical foul. “We’re moving forward. We’ve got to move forward,” Wittman said after Monday’s practice at American Airlines Center. The Wizards were upset about being outscored, 24-13, in the final eight minutes of regulation and overtime, but Wittman wants his players to focus on the ball movement that helped them build a double-digit lead, on forcing Westbrook to take 16 shots to score 13 points and on limiting the Thunder to just 37 points in the first half. Going into their final two games of this challenging road trip against Dallas and San Antonio, Wittman said his players should think about “how we played, how we got to the position we were in. … I never want to feel good about any loss, but we got to be positive with what we did to win on the road in a place like that.” John Wall took the loss the hardest after missing a potential game-winner and taking “two bad shots” in the final minutes of regulation instead of exploiting Thunder switches that saw him matched up with forward Serge Ibaka. “I let the game slip away, being a point guard, not managing the time the last three minutes, but I think the whole game, I did a pretty good job even though I wasn’t making shot,” Wall said. “I just didn’t do a good job closing out the game.”
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