Bobcats Vs. Wizards: Washington Gets Third Win Of The Season In Randy Wittman's Debut

In their first game without Flip Saunders, the Washington Wizards cruised to a comfortable 92-75 win over the lowly Bobcats.

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Bobcats Vs. Wizards: Randy Wittman Keeps It Simple, Stupid

Is Randy Wittman the new voice Washington needs? He might be -- but a lack of practice time could make it tough to preach.

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Bobcats Vs. Wizards Final Score: Washington Blows Out Charlotte For Third Win

After falling behind by thirty points in the first half against Philadelphia on Monday, the Washington Wizards came back on Wednesday to beat a lowly Charlotte Bobcats team 92-75. This time, it was Washington that jumped out to a twenty-point halftime lead to give them a margin for error in the second half. Charlotte went on a quick 9-0 run early in the third quarter, but Randy Wittman's team continued the improved defensive effort in the second half to cruise to a double-digit victory.

Nick Young and Andray Blatche provided a nice inside-outside offensive threat, with Young scoring a game-high 20 points. Blatche added 17 and grabbed ten boards against the Bobcats weak frontcourt. While he only scored 12 points and committed seven turnovers, John Wall had a solid defensive game - blocking shots, grabbing rebounds, and getting out in transition off of Charlotte turnovers. He had one highlight block in the second half - taking the ball off the backboard and flying down the middle of the floor for a coast-to-coast layup.

It was a good start to the Randy Wittman era, but it gets a little tougher on Friday with a trip to Houston to face the 10-7 Rockets.

For more on the Wizards, as always, you can visit Bullets Forever. For more on the team across the court, you can head to Rufus on Fire, SB Nation's Charlotte Bobcats blog. For more on this and every NBA game please head to the SB Nation NBA hub page.

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Bobcats Vs. Wizards Score Update: Washington Jumps Out To 48-28 Halftime Lead

After one half at the Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards lead the Charlotte Bobcats by twenty points. In their first game under Randy Wittman, the Wizards had some nice inside-outside balance on the offensive end. Nick Young led Washington with 13 points while Andray Blatche had 11 on the interior. As a team, they shot 47 percent from the field to race out to the 48-28 lead.

On the defensive end, the Wizards clamped down on lowly Charlotte, which shot just 30 percent from the floor. Washington's frontcourt held Charlotte's big men in check, and bothered Kemba Walker on his penetration attempts. Walker was just four of 15 from the floor.

Charlotte is playing terrible basketball and presents a golden opportunity for Washington to get its third win of the year. The twenty-point halftime lead is a good start.

For more on the Wizards, as always, you can visit Bullets Forever. For more on the team across the court, you can head to Rufus on Fire, SB Nation's Charlotte Bobcats blog. For more on this and every NBA game please head to the SB Nation NBA hub page.

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Bobcats Vs. Wizards: Randy Wittman Talks Washington Coaching Job

Interim coach Randy Wittman makes his Wizards debut on Wednesday night vs. the Bobcats. Before the game, Wittman spoke to the media about the challenges of taking over a 2-15 Washington team, and the process of building success going forward.

Wittman reiterated the message from his introductory press conference -- that he only chose to remain in Washington to coach this group because he believes the Wizards are better than their league-worst record indicates.

How will he turn it around? Some of his plans are blockquoted below for posterity.

On stepping in to replace Flip Saunders

"They feel just as bad about the situation, but we're all part of it. I was an assistant coach, I'm part of that, that failure. That affects me. It's gotta affect them. Now it's time to move forward. "

On the process of turning things around in Washington.

"There's no miracles. I don't have the magic touch. But it's going to be a process that's gotta start tonight. If we do that, if we have a full focus of changing and playing the way that we need to play, good things are gonna happen."

On the lineup, specifically the decision to start John WallNick YoungRashard LewisAndray BlatcheJaVale McGee.

"What's happened in the past has happened. All these guys got a clean slate with me. What's happened before is over. We're 2-15 -- we can't do anything about that.

"The next two or three weeks are gonna dictate to me what that rotation is. On how they play, how they handle coaching. They're gonna dictate that to me. ... Guys that play and play hard, play the right way will be in the rotation. Guys that won't there's going to be somebody that's plugged in that will have to try to do that. That's what we have to do."

More on his plans to stress practice in the development of players.

"When you've got eight guys, nine guys on their rookie contract sometimes you have that balance of we need to develop these kids -- yes we need to develop these kids, there's no question about that -- but that development is going to be done on the practice floor. You've got to earn your minutes out here on the floor. You're not going to develop your game out there if we're not gonna do it the right way. Learn how to do it the right way, then you earn that time to develop your talent in a game. Is it easier to develop your talent live action? Abosolutely. But right now, I think we think, 'I'm a young kid they gotta play me. I'mma play the way I want to play.'"

On the difficulty of making changes given the lack of practice time this season.

"Well, it is. It's very difficult [not having practice time], especially in making changes. Not a lot a coach can do stepping in to change. I just want to simplify things for these guys. Flip's a great offensive mind that has a lot of things in his playbook. Right now we just got to simplify things, cut things down and learn to do those things first. And then you make your different changes as you move on. It's going to be tough. ... Shootarounds are going to have to be some practice days for us."

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PHOTO: Verizon Center Is Packed For Randy Wittman's Debut

The statement in the headline is correct ... if by "packed," you mean "empty."

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Bobcats Vs. Wizards Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Washington Wizards take on the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in a matchup of the bottom two teams in the Eastern Conference. Wednesday's game marks the Wizards coaching debut of Randy Wittman, who took over the team on an interim basis after it fired Flip Saunders on Tuesday.

The Wizards are coming off a 20-point loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday evening, which dropped them to 2-15 on the season and prompted Saunders' dismissal. Charlotte, too, is looking to rebound from a humbling defeat: despite limiting All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to a career-low one point on Tuesday, the Bobcats fell to the Knicks, 111-78. Charlotte shot 32.9 percent from the field.

Here's everything you need to know about Wednesday's matchup between the Wizards and Bobcats:

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, January 25; 7:00pm ET

Location: Verizon Center, Washington, DC

TV Schedule
Washington: Comcast SportsNet
Charlotte: Fox Sports South

Radio Schedule
Washington: The Fan 106.7 FM
Charlotte: The Fan 610 AM

For more on the Wizards, please visit Bullets Forever, SB Nation's Wizards blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit Rufus on Fire, SB Nation's Bobcats blog.

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Bobcats Vs. Wizards: Randy Wittman Makes Wizards Coaching Debut

The Washington Wizards will play their first game with Randy Wittman as their head coach against the Bobcats on Wednesday night.

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