It’s almost time for the Super Bowl, and the Washington Wizards are still winless on the road. The Wizards lost their 24th straight road game, Monday, 102-92 in Dallas.
There is no shame in losing to the Mavericks (32-15) in Dallas. But the Wizards should not be 0-24 away from Chinatown.
How can the Wizards be so much better at home (13-10) than on the road? The disparity in records doesn’t make sense because the Verizon Center crowd isn’t known for being particularly enthusiastic, and Washington ranks just 20th in the NBA in attendance.
It’s harder for NBA teams to win on the road than teams in other sports because basketball players need fresh legs and play more minutes than other athletes, but long road trips don’t explain the Wizards going winless on the road. The Wizards have a young, athletic lineup so endurance shouldn’t be a problem.
Are the Wizards partying too much on the road? Do they have a careless attitude? Is it immaturity? Coaching? Low expectations? All of the above?
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