After 6-Game Skid, A Moment to Savor
Not long after the Washington Wizards snapped a six-game losing streak with a 98-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, a relieved-looking Eddie Jordan was asked about today’s matinee against the Chicago Bulls at Verizon Center.
“Oh, man, can I enjoy another hour of cold beer and some pizza before I have to talk about Chicago?” Jordan asked.
Jordan had every right to savor Friday’s win. After a string of close losses that coincided with season-ending injuries to allstars Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler, the Wizards (40-39) finally put together a complete performance that included a strong start, a 14-0 run to end the first half and a solid second half in which they never allowed the Hawks, a team playing without six regulars, a chance to get back into the game.
Jordan wants his team to learn from its success and struggles in recent games. When players have executed the offense by avoiding careless turnovers, setting good screens and sharing the ball, the Wizards have succeeded. But when the offense has broken down and players have taken questionable shots, they have not.
“It’s easier for us as coaches when you can sit them down and say: ‘Look, you got the lead because you’re running the offense, you’re helping each other defensively and you’re taking quality looks, quality shots and you’re not forcing anything,’ ” Jordan said. “Just trust the system. We’ve been saying that throughout these games. Keep your patience because when you start losing like this, it’s easy to start losing a little bit of faith and a little bit of patience.”