The Washington Wizards suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors on Monday, losing 103-101. Russell Westbrook gave the Wizards the lead with 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors' recently acquired Gary Trent Jr. hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired on the other end.
The loss marked the Wizards' fourth defeat in as many games, contributing to their abysmal 17-32 record and 13th spot in the Eastern Conference. After yet another bitter loss, Westbrook looked inward in trying to explain their difficult situation (via Fred Katz of The Athletic).
“(I’m) just trying to read the game, make the right decisions—at least, try to. I don’t always make the right decisions, but as long as my effort is in the right place, I can live with the results.”
Westbrook’s impressive statistical performances this season have done little to inspire good results for the Wizards thus far. He's averaging a triple-double for the fourth time in his career but the wins have been few. Against the Raptors, the former MVP finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Westbrook's backcourt tandem with fellow All-Star Bradley Beal, the NBA's top scorer with 31.3 points a night, looks great on paper, but it has not translated to consistent success.
As the season draws closer to the NBA Playoffs, it's difficult to say what the Wizards can do to improve on their poor record. Despite the postseason being the goal for every team, this season may be another lost one for Russell Westbrook and company. But as he said, he can live with it as long as he gave his all.