The Wizards are 2-7, and they’ve gone from vague finger-pointing to specific finger-pointing.
I think right now, as far as I know, I think we’ve got one of the worst benches in the league right now.
There is some truth to that.
When not using its main lineup – John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Gortat – Washington has been outscored by 4.9 points per 48 minutes. That’d rank 25th among teams in the league. Trey Burke leads players currently in the Wizards’ bench rotation in PER – with a well-below-average 11.4.
But it’s not as if the starters are collectively carrying their weight, either. They’ve been outscored, too (though by 2.3 points per 48 minutes).
Even if the starters had been excelling, Gortat’s comment’s probably wouldn’t go over well in the locker room or in the front office that assembled this roster.
Washington coach Scott Brooks, via Michael:
“I addressed it with March and we addressed it in front of the team. We move on,” Brooks said after Monday’s practice. “We learn from it because you don’t want to linger. And you don’t want that to happen again. We have a good group of guys who understand we all make mistakes at times and we have to move on.”
Help could be on the way once Ian Mahinmi gets healthy.
He might even send Gortat to the bench.