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Posted at 2:22 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Wizards hope they aren't done winning on the road

By Michael Lee

The Wizards were excited, but they didn't want to get too excited, that they finally ended the third-longest road-losing streak to start an NBA season with a victory over the terrible Cleveland Cavaliers. After all, there is little to celebrate when they still are 1-25 away from Verizon Center, which still serves as the worst road record in the NBA.


I need another road win or two or...five? (AP Photo/ Tony Dejak)

Cleveland, which currently has the longest active road losing streak at 26 games, has three road wins. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers both have four road wins. So, in order to avoid finishing at the bottom, as JaVale McGee said, "We've got to win on the road still."

The Wizards (15-38) still have 15 road games remaining, with the next three coming up against playoff contenders Orlando, Philadelphia and Miami. They also have a five-game West Coast swing against Portland, the Clippers, Denver, Golden State and Utah.

The Sacramento Kings went 1-40 on the road in 1990-91, which still stands as the worst record for a single season. The lone win came against ... the Washington Bullets, who wasted a 45-point effort by Bernard King on Nov. 20 of that season.

NBA.com columnist and TNT contributor David Aldridge had a gruesome report from that game when he covered the team for The Washington Post:

Imagine one of those late-night schlock horror shows on television. The vampire host screams at you, "You want to see something really scary?" For that you can have a copy of the Sacramento Kings' 87-82 victory over the Washington Bullets last night at Capital Centre.
Look at the turnovers -- 22 for Washington, 24 for Sacramento, which became the last team to win this season. Look at the shooting -- .446 for the Kings (1-7), .449 for the Bullets (2-7). Terrifying! Look at the scoring -- a franchise-low nine points in the second quarter for Washington, 33 points from both teams in the fourth. Horrific! And the 11 missed free throws by the Bullets. Blood-curdling!
It was awful.

The Kings went on to lose the next 37 games and six more to start the next season, giving them the all-time record for consecutive road losses with 43. The 1990-91 Kings also were a respectable 24-17 at home.

The Dallas Mavericks still hold the record for the longest road-losing streak to open the season with 29 losses in 1992-93, but they went on to finish the season with four road wins. The 1974-75 New Orleans Jazz lost 28 consecutive road games to open the season but won three of their last 13 away from home.

John Wall is hoping that the Wizards won't stop winning on the road after defeating the Cavaliers. "We was in the back and happy. Now we've got to build on it, and someway somehow, get on a winning streak," Wall said. "I hope we can end this year, winning some more road games. Don't lose too many or win a lot more. Beginning of next year, can't let the same thing happen."

McGee said the Wizards shouldn't have that problem if they approach their remaining road games with the same vigor that fueled them in Cleveland. "Everybody was up, everybody was hot, and really aggressive and really hype. We've got to play like that all the time on the road."


By Michael Lee  | February 14, 2011; 2:22 PM ET
Categories:  JaVale McGee, John Wall  
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Comments

CHANGE THE NAME BACK TO THE BULLETS TED.

Posted by: slick3 | February 14, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"CHANGE THE NAME BACK TO THE BULLETS TED.
Posted by: slick3

Were they ever the 'BulletsTed'?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"McGee said the Wizards shouldn't have that problem if they approach their remaining road games with the same vigor that fueled them in Cleveland. "Everybody was up, everybody was hot, and really aggressive and really hype. We've got to play like that all the time on the road."

At home too, please.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Thought folks might like to look at Seth Davis' report on scouts' assessments of 56 NBA draft candidates. They think Sullinger, Perry Jones, and Kyrie Irving go top 3, but without great enthusiasm...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/seth_davis/02/14/nba.scouting.finch/index.html?eref=sihp

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

So what promising center is next up in a WIZ uni? We need someone to run with and sub for McGEE. And we need a HOWARD-type three with two sound knees.

What can we offer in turn?

JIANLIAN, THORNTON, second draft pick.

Not much. Not enough. Let's roll with what we got and see what we get in June.

Posted by: glawrence007 | February 14, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This might be a good draft to have a pick lower in the lottery as opposed to top 3, because it looks like the talent differential between the two may not be that great.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 14, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh...took a nice long break from this board and see not much has changed.

Seriously...not much to say about this team. It is worse than I expected (and i expected bad).

Basically, we have 2 for real starters and a cast of really good 2nd stringers.

And, even with that, our two starters are still a season away (1/2 season??? I can only hope) from being a real force night in and night out.

Wall - the real deal, but just getting his NBA wits about him.
McGee - still making some "rookie" mistakes, even though he is in his thrid season, but overall, a true starting C
Blatche - the guy you know can play when your starting PF is injured
Nick - the guy that buries the dagger and provides off the bench scoring in bunches on a team that wins - a stat padder on a losing team (as long as that stat is is PPG and not APG)
Yi - The guy can flat out ball...for about 5 minutes a week
Thornton - You keep him around on the bench and let him play in blowouts in case one day he lives up to his potential.
Howard - DNP IR is not a starter
Lewis - Could start, but would be the 4th or 5th option on a good team, most likely a top 6th man
Kirk - May be no better man in the NBA to be the floor general of a team - the 2nd team that is.

Seriously, Nick, Blatche, Lewis, Yi & Kirk would tear up most team's 2nd string.

I like what i am seeing from Booker lately though. He plays tough...just can't score. And Seraphin looks like he may pan out ina year or two.

Posted by: Blurred | February 14, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"This might be a good draft to have a pick lower in the lottery as opposed to top 3, because it looks like the talent differential between the two may not be that great.Posted by: kalo_rama"

Yup.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I dunno..i think the top 5 picks will be better than the latter ones. Terrence Jones, Sullinger, Perry Jones, Kanter, Irving maybe. I think we need a 3 in this draft and Terrence Jones from Kentucky looks really good. Id take him at 3 whereas Harrison Barnes will be drafted in the higher teens or twenties. Barnes isn't nba ready. Also, I wouldn't mind getting Hanborough from ND. Obviously not with a lottery pick but maybe 2nd round. He'd be a good backup to Wall.

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | February 14, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Two players who've impressed me if they come out in this draft class: Tyler Honeycutt of UCLA and Alec Burks of Colorado. Both are SGs, by the way.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Yeah...SG's taken. We don't need a SG. Young scores better than any shooting guard in the nba and isn't terrible at everything else. SF is a dire need. Also, we need to look for a PF/C. Back up PG unless we plan to keep Kirk.

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | February 14, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, Blurred, did you say you took a break. Well, my gosh good fella. Your comeback opinion doesn't appear you've been away atall.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why just this evening on NBA-TV some commentator was saying that Sean Livingston was a great pickup/signing for the Bobcats.

I thought his coming off that knee injury was just too much to invest in.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Will the Wiz have any money for free agents this year? i'd keep Howard if he's cheap. He seems like he might be a veteran who doesn't turn to jello when things get tight, a characteristic the Wiz desperately need.

Posted by: stevie2 | February 14, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

And just to think. Now we need a serious point guard back up. We had him. A bird in hand. But we placed a low value on him and concluded he wasn't worthy.

I posted when we had him and we made the Hinrich trade that he could and would beat Hinrich out on the court.

But no, I was roundly criticized. We could have resigned Sean Livingston but we chose not to show him the money. Livingston with his bad knee is a much better fit for this team than Hinrich.

That comrades, is what I believe.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

"Young scores better than any shooting guard in the nba and isn't terrible at everything else."

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | February 14, 2011 9:09 PM

Yeah. This isn't true.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 14, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

We gotta trade for a center. Bogut, M.Gasol, Cousins... someone we can pair with Mcgee and deal away Blatche.

Draft a SF, I also like Terrance Jones.

Keep Nick Young.

I'm open to keeping everyone else. If we get a center & T.Jones I'm happy! Prob let go of Armstrong.

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 14, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

We gotta trade for a center. Bogut, M.Gasol, Cousins... someone we can pair with Mcgee and deal away Blatche.

Draft a SF, I also like Terrance Jones.

Keep Nick Young.

I'm open to keeping everyone else. If we get a center & T.Jones I'm happy! Prob let go of Armstrong.

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 14, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

"But no, I was roundly criticized.posted by LarryInClintonMD"

I wouldn't say 'roundly'. I would have said 'deservedly'.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

"I posted when we had him and we made the Hinrich trade that he could and would beat Hinrich out on the court.posted by LarryInClintonMD"

And if he couldn't, you'd have insisted it was because of favoritism on Flip's part.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how anyone could argue that the Wiz roster was set at any position. That generally means that the draft philosophy is BPA, regardless.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 11:55 PM | Report abuse

OK, maybe the Wiz don't use a Top Eight pick on a PG, because they just took one, but does anybody seriously think they don't need good young talent at every other position on the court?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2011 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I see Charlotte beat the Lakers tonight, but then for some reason Charlotte always beats the Lakers -- 8 of the past 10.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 15, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

@Darnel1,

We got to take Cousins out of the mix. Minds in the know says that this fellow needs a veteran presence and someone to put a arm around his shoulders and show him how it is done in the NBA.

This would be something the Wizards is devoid of.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 15, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I see Charlotte beat the Lakers tonight, but then for some reason Charlotte always beats the Lakers -- 8 of the past 10.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 15, 2011 12:11 AM

Aww Samson151, they just strugglin'.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 15, 2011 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I see Charlotte beat the Lakers tonight, but then for some reason Charlotte always beats the Lakers -- 8 of the past 10.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 15, 2011 12:11 AM

But for real, it probably goes back to a coach named Dave Cowens whom was the coach of Charlotte whom had the pick that was traded to the Lakers because he didn't like rookies, like Flip, and the Lakers ended up with Kobe Bryant instead of Charlotte. Charlotte fired Dave Cowens and I don't think he has ever coached again.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 15, 2011 12:25 AM | Report abuse

"I posted when we had him and we made the Hinrich trade that he could and would beat Hinrich out on the court."

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 14, 2011 10:38 PM

Hinrich: 30 mpg, 11 ppg, 4.5 apg, 1.8 topg, 45% FG, 38% 3 pt, 1.2 spg, 88% ft

Livingston: 17 mpg, 6 ppg, 2 apg, 1.2 topg, 47% FG, 25% 3 pt, 0.6 spg, 87% ft

How, exactly, is Livingston "beat(ing) Hinrich out on the court"? Taking into account the difference in minutes played, aside from 3 pt shooting and TOs (both areas in which Hinrich is markedly better in), they're basically putting up the same numbers. Livingston just happens to be playing on a better (but still not very good) team. Livingston hasn't done a thing to clearly distinguish himself from Hinrich (or anyone else).

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 15, 2011 2:25 AM | Report abuse

"...it probably goes back to a coach named Dave Cowens whom was the coach of Charlotte whom had the pick that was traded to the Lakers because he didn't like rookies, like Flip, and the Lakers ended up with Kobe Bryant instead of Charlotte. Charlotte fired Dave Cowens and I don't think he has ever coached again.LarryInClintonMD.Posted by: LarryInClintonMD"

And that's supposed to be why Charlotte won 8 of the last 10 against the Lakers?

Dave Cowens left in 1999.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 15, 2011 4:32 AM | Report abuse

BTW, Dave Cowens also coached at Golden State after leaving Charlotte.

Really, Larry, how long would it take you to occasionally check a fact?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 15, 2011 4:34 AM | Report abuse

I see Charlotte beat the Lakers tonight, but then for some reason Charlotte always beats the Lakers -- 8 of the past 10."
"...it probably goes back to a coach named Dave Cowens whom was the coach of Charlotte whom had the pick that was traded to the Lakers because he didn't like rookies, like Flip, and the Lakers ended up with Kobe Bryant instead of Charlotte. Charlotte fired Dave Cowens and I don't think he has ever coached again.LarryInClintonMD.Posted by: LarryInClintonMD"

OK, let's parse the logic out: Twelve years ago, Dave Cowens traded Kobe Bryant to LA, allegedly because he didn't like rookies, right? That's what you're saying, and you're also saying that Flip doesn't like rookies, either. That's your argument.

And now, Charlotte has won eight of the last ten games against those same Lakers.

So you're arguing that Cowens was right, huh? Then should Flip trade Wall to LA so the Wiz can win a bunch of games in the future?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 15, 2011 5:21 AM | Report abuse

(A) Cowens was the coach, not the GM, so he didn't have the the power to unilaterally trade anyone. And he was hired just a few weeks before the draft, so it's unlikely he had the clout to force a trade, even if he wanted to. And, at the time, the Hornets were a very small team that desperately needed size more than an 18 year old SG.

(B) It's well documented that the trade was forced by Bryant and his agent. Bryant repeatedly refused to work out for or meet with Charlotte prior to the draft and his agent made a number of not so veiled threats about a holdout if the Hornets drafted him anyway. He made it quite clear that he didn't want to play in Charlotte.

(C) Cowens coached the Charlotte Hornets, while the team that's beaten L.A. 8 out of 10 is the Charlotte Bobcats, which are, of course, two completely different franchises with unrelated histories.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 15, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"Really, Larry, how long would it take you to occasionally check a fact?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 15, 2011 4:34 AM

How long has he been posting here?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 15, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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