Wizards Fall to Heat 112-101, Defense Burned, Questions Remain About Future of Team

Story By: Erin Zollars

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Miami, FL–

The Wizards Defense Could not Stop Goran Dragic in the Fourth Quarter of a 112-101 Loss to Miami

After this trip to Miami, many questions will come up this week for the Wizards. What’s the future of Wall and a few others in D.C? Well when you are the only player on the court with Bradley Beal trying to get things done, it becomes tough to win games, even more apparent with the 112-101 loss to the Heat tonight.

Even with the Heat’s best player on the court Goran Dragic, sitting because of foul troubles in the second half, he still managed to come back late and hurt the Wizards.

The Wizards took advantage of  Dragic’s foul trouble in the third quarter, outscoring the Heat 22-11 in that period, thanks in large part to John Wall and Bradley Beal, who combined for 15 points in the period.  This was the only quarter that the Wizards showed some hope of possibly pulling this game out.

So what is going on with the Wizards defensive woes? It seems that Scott Brooks can’t seem to find the combination of five players that help each other out on that part of the game.

The Heat (8-17) have scored 114 and 112 points in two wins in both meetings this season. Dragic had a season-high 34 points. James Johnson came off the bench for 14 points.

“We’re definitely frustrated because we feel like we should’ve won this game,” Beal said.

The problem seems that Beal and Wall are saying a lot of the same quotes after the game. Should have won this. This was one that got away. We played really well on offense, but they just out played us tonight. These seem to be repetitive words uttered by the players game after game this season.

“It’s just a tough loss for us because we battled hard throughout the game,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “A couple breaks here and there we probably could have won the game.”

With the loss tonight, the Wizards fall to 2-8 on the road this season and 9-14 overall.

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