The Wizards have not left to the start they envisioned when the season began.

With Russell Westbrook set to join Washington’s core led by Bradley Beal, this team had their eyes on the playoffs. Through a winless five-game stretch to start the season, followed up by a coronavirus outbreak that led to a two-week layoff and depleted lineup, the Wizards find themselves at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 3-11.

It’s been a challenging and frustrating very first month-plus, however after their latest loss to the Pelicans, second-year wing Garrison Mathews explained the value of his group not letting this stretch define their season.

” We can’t less this losing streak that we’ve had become our mentality,” Mathews said after the video game. “It is difficult to do when you drop to 3-11, it is difficult to make that not your mentality, but we got ta keep advising ourselves that the start of the year ain’t gon na define us.

” Nobody’s gon na remember this part of the year if we return and make a run,” Mathews stated. “We simply can’t let this losing streak become our mentality and be OKAY with losing since I’ll never ever be OKAY with losing.”

Bradley Beal followed up Mathews on the group’s Zoom press conference, and as soon as he heard what the young sharpshooter stated, he could not help however concur.

” That’s a good quote by G,” Beal said. “We understand we’re a lot better than what our record is revealing. We can’t feed into that and think that’s the type of team we are. Given, the truth is reality. However we likewise think we’re a lot much better than that, we’re shorthanded, we haven’t played in 2 weeks so we’re still getting back.

” There’s no excuse, but that’s absolutely a terrific saying by G,” Beal said. “We can’t feed into being 3-11. That’s not who we are, we understand we’re better than that and hopefully the people we get back Friday can give us a boost.”

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Leadership can come in different methods from unexpected sources. Beal and Westbrook are the presumed leaders of the group by benefit and general experience, however that doesn’t indicate players like Mathews can’t step up in a moment of requirement and provide some powerful words.

The roadway journey is over now. The Wizards will now get to fly house, rest up for a day prior to getting back on the court to play the Hawks on Friday night, maybe with a few reinforcements too.