WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bob Weiss ran out of ways to chastise the
Seattle SuperSonics after they allowed the Washington Wizards' most
points in 11½ years, so he left the locker room and told his
players to hash it out themselves.
Then the first-year coach began contemplating how to fix things,
saying lineup changes might be in store after three straight
lopsided losses. The latest was Washington's 137-96 victory Friday
night, behind Gilbert Arenas' 32 points in 31 minutes.
Weiss kept the locker room closed for 25 minutes afterward, then
gave a sampling of what he told his beleaguered team, 1-4 after
reaching the playoffs last season.
"It was an embarrassment. We have to become accountable. We've
got to become more aggressive. We've got to take it personal,"
Weiss said. "We're letting teams manhandle us. We've got to get
more physical. We have to get after people. We've got to have more
pride. We're just in a funk. We're out there stumbling around.
We're not competing. It was just completely unacceptable."
Reserve Caron Butler led a strong effort at both ends for the
Wizards, scoring 24 points and getting his teammates, the sellout
crowd of 20,173 and even coach Eddie Jordan excited. After feeding
Antawn Jamison for a dunk while Washington pulled away in the first
half, Butler reached out to slap palms with Jordan.
"Coach is a player's coach," Butler said. "He gets real
involved in what's going on, so I had to give him a little
Jamison added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and rookie Andray
Blatche -- shot during an attempted carjacking in September -- made
his NBA debut, scoring five points.
Washington (4-1) outscored Seattle 42-24 in the second quarter,
when the SuperSonics were 3-of-16 on field-goal attempts. The
Wizards went up by as many as 25 in the first half and led 71-49 at
the break en route to their highest output since a 142-100 victory
over Boston on April 17, 1994.
The Wizards hadn't broken 100 points in a full game this season
but reached that mark with 2:04 left in the third quarter, on a
running jumper by Butler. It's the first time since a Feb. 22,
2000, game against Milwaukee that Washington scored at least 100
before the fourth quarter.
"There's no sympathy in this league ... not for a team that
came in here limping a little bit," Jordan said. "They have taken
their lumps on the road the last three games now, and it's a been a
tough stretch for them."
Talk about understatement.
Seattle is on a season-long six-game road trip and dropped the
first three -- by 25, 27 and 41 points.
"I never experienced this ever in my career. Not just my NBA
career, but my career overall," said Reggie Evans, a fourth-year
forward. "It just gets worse. It seems like we can't stop the
bleeding. Just constant, constant, constant bleeding. We haven't
found a Band-Aid to patch it up yet."
The SuperSonics shot 40 percent for the game; they haven't
topped 45 percent this season.
Rashard Lewis, who left Wednesday's defeat at Cleveland with a
left shoulder injury, started Friday and scored 17 points.
"Mentally it just got worse," Allen said. "And physically,
you're just running up and down the floor and it seemed like
everything just went their way. Again, I know we'll recover from
Weiss spent a good chunk of the first half working the refs (he
was charged with a technical foul, one of four in the game),
calling timeouts and shuttling players in and out -- anything to try
to get his team going.
"We're going to watch this entire tape," Weiss said, "and
we're going to take responsibility, all of us, to see what we're
Seattle's Vladimir Radmanovic sought out Weiss for a
private meeting before the game to clear the air. Radmanovic
complained to reporters Tuesday that he wasn't getting enough
minutes. "He wants to put all that stuff aside," Weiss said. ...
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