Woeful Wizards Still Winless Away From Home
The Washington Wizards have been woeful away from the comfort of the Verizon Center.
But nobody has imagined they would be THIS bad away from home.
Washington's recent loss, a 97-89 setback to the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday, had their record fall to 0-25, which puts them four losses away from matching the 1992-93 Dallas Mavericks for the worst start on the road in NBA history at 0-29.
When the team is at home, they have an energy, an extra step, and they are able to feed off the crowd. In fact, they have a 13-10 record inside the Verizon Center but as soon as they leave there, it's a team that looks clueless, lethargic, and lost. The good news though is that they have the next four games at home, and then their next road game is Sunday, February 13th at Cleveland, who is mired in their own 21-game losing streak (which is three shy of tying the all-time mark for futility) in a game that will surely determine the best of the worst.
As of late, the Wizards have put up a fight in their road games as of late. After losing in double digits for their first four road games in 2011, Washington lost by nine at New York, and put up a very valiant effort in Oklahoma City before falling in double overtime to the Thunder, and lost by eight to a decent Hornets team after a pair of double digit losses at Memphis and Dallas. Despite the losses, the team is not giving up on solving the road woes.
“We’re not giving in and we’re not giving up,” Andray Blatche said. “We’re just playing scared. It’s tough when you fight the whole game and you come up short. … I’m sure that if we keep playing like we’re playing, we’re going to pull off a road win.”
Well, if the Wizards do win at Cleveland (or any road game after that should they lose to the Cavs), they only need one win to match the worst 41-game road record of all time, held by the 1990-91 Sacramento Kings. That team went 1-40 away from ARCO Arena that year. According to NBA record books, the worst NBA road record in the league's history goes to the 1953-54 Baltimore Bullets, who went 0-20. The only way the Wizards would write themselves in the record books by themselves is to run the table that not team would ever want to run: 0-41.