Wizards head coach Randy Wittman has led the team to a league-best 10-2 moral victory record. Getty Images
For only the second time this season, the Washington Wizards were denied a moral victory. The San Antonio Spurs administered a start-to-finish 118-92 beat-down, dropping the Wizards MV record to 10-2.
Even with the moral loss, the Wiz continue to lead the league in moral victories -- which are achieved by accumulating slightly fewer points than the opponent in a game, by playing well in a narrow defeat, or by keeping the game close before losing ground late.
Not surprisingly, the Spurs -- a perennial leader in actual wins -- were too much for the Wizards too handle despite the fact that San Antonio was on the second leg of a back-to-back set in which they played a double overtime game the previous night.
The Wizards continue to give maximum effort in achieving an actual win. For example, they released PG Jeremy Pargo and replaced him with Shaun Livingston (a slightly less bad performer than Pargo). Today, Washington took the bold step of switching their concession stands from Coke to Pepsi -- a sure sign of their commitment to changing the team's culture, winning games and building character.
Washington's next chance for a moral victory is Wednesday night against Portland -- the third and final game of a three-game home stand.
As I noted previously, Washington's next best chance of getting an actual win is game 18 against New Orleans. If the Wiz fall in that contest, they would tie the 2009-10 Nets for the longest losing streak to start a season, and position themselves for a record-setting run to 22 consecutive losses before road games against Detroit and Orlando -- teams almost as bad as Washington (although both teams lag in the MV category).