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This is another issue that falls on Flip Saunders for no other reason than it being easier to blame one man than a dozen of them. The simplest idea that seems to be the most complicated feat to achieve for the Wizards is winning away from the Verizon Center. As if winning wasn't difficult enough for Washington, they have to add another monkey on their back with their current 0-18 record on the road.
Washington has lost 14 games by double-digits, 11 of those games have been on the road.
Chalk it up to youth, inexperience or still-developing chemistry, but the Wizards simply don't do enough right to win on the road. They are turnover prone to begin with, but being careless with the ball on the road is a different monster. Turnovers lead to points off of turnovers, which are often fast breaks, which are often dunks, which often keep the crowd in the game the whole time.
If the Wizards don't win on the road soon, they'll lose sight of what it takes to win on the road in the future.
Before they can win on the road, Washington needs to figure out how to win period. The last time they won back-to-back games was in April of last year and it was against two other lottery teams in New Jersey and Golden State. Turnovers are the biggest issue, but it is apparent that the Wizards don't know how to maintain a lead either.
On several occasions, the Wizards have built leads in the third quarter only to have them fall apart in the fourth and ultimately lose the game.
The first road win isn't going to come easy because Washington will carry the extra pressure of having to get that first road win out of the way. Every road game becomes a two-fold challenge and pressure does not suit this team well. They are learning to play together and there aren't really any clutch shooters on the team to seal victories late in games.
If the now-departed Gilbert Arenas was good for one thing it was hitting shots late in games.
With streaky scorers like Nick Young, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee, it may take a perfect storm for the Wizards to shake their winless road record. The way things have gone, it is not out of the question to see Washington without a road win until after the All-Star break.