Wizards Coach Randy Wittman scanned the box score at his news conference after the Wizards’ 101-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Wittman sighed, then explained that he was “shocked” and “disappointed” with his team’s listless performance, adding that some “selfish play” had crept in and contributed to an embarrassing defeat that was much more lopsided than the final score would suggest.


“We’ve proven over the last couple of years you can’t play that way,” Wittman said, shaking his head. “And we’re getting concerned with, ‘Why am I coming out? How many minutes am I getting? How many shots am I getting?’ rather than, ‘What is the team doing?’ and we didn’t do that tonight and that is disappointing because we’re not good enough to do it that way. … We have to come back together. It is not about ‘me’ it’s about ‘us’ and it has to be focused on us and it was focused on individuals rather than the team.”


When told of Wittman’s comments about selfish play, John Wall disagreed and credited Toronto with disrupting the offense and creating poor floor spacing.


“I don’t think so. I think we try and play the right way. I just give them a lot of credit, they took away things from us and then we didn’t make a lot of shots,” Wall said. “They just outplayed us. They played with more sense of urgency. They played with more aggressiveness, they were pounding us on the glass and making open shots and we didn’t stick to our defensive concepts and we just give them a lot of credit for what they did and the game plan they had against us.”


The Wizards had just 19 assists against the Raptors, with six coming in the fourth quarter after the game was essentially out of reach. Washington (14-16) is 4-14 this season when it fails to have at least 24 assists in a game, and has failed to reach 20 in its past three losses to Minnesota, Dallas and Toronto.