Flip Saunders Calls Wizards' Effort 'Unacceptable'
Obviously, the fact that his team didn't compete for most of this one didn't sit well with head coach Flip Saunders.
Sure, the team was playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and it was their third game in four nights -- in three different cities. But to Saunders, those are factors that the players need to ignore, and they're certainly not an excuse for giving less than maximum effort.
"If you want to be even an average team, those [back-to-back situations] can't enter into your mind," Saunders said. "It was like the last thing that we wanted tonight was to be out there, as far as how we played. It was extremely disappointing, and pretty much unacceptable."
Steve Nash knows a thing or two about how tough it is playing in those back-to-backs. After all, the Suns had to face some of the league's top teams in that situation, thanks to a fairly brutal early-season schedule.
After a game in which Nash racked up more assists by himself (15) than the Wizards could as a team (14), he said it's important to realize when your opponent is hitting that wall, and to jump on them when you have the chance.
"Definitely there was a point in the game tonight where you could feel the air going out of their attack," Nash said.
"You do have to take advantage when you do feel a team slipping, getting tired, or losing their enthusiasm -- that's important. You don't want to give that type of team life, and all of a sudden they get a lot of confidence and energy from that."
Nash, as is his nature, was being too kind when intimating that Washington is the "type of team" that might actually be dangerous. At this point, considering the fact that they've dropped seven of their last eight games, and that they sit at just 8-17 on the season, the Wizards appear to be anything but that.