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Wizards’ epic collapse intensifies questions about their direction – The Athletic

WASHINGTON — If what occurred Tuesday night isn’t rock bottom for the Washington Wizards, then it’s chilling to consider what might happen next that could be any worse.

They led the L.A. Clippers by 35 points late in the second quarter, then the Wizards collapsed under the weight of an apathetic defense, mind-boggling mistakes and ineffective intervention from the coaching staff.

After a rudderless second-half performance that amplifies distressing questions about the team’s direction and its leadership from within, the Wizards lost 116-115 to the Clippers, a team that played without Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Marcus Morris Sr.

“I have no words besides ‘embarrassing,’” Wizards guard Bradley Beal said.

“Somethin’ got to change,” forward Kyle Kuzma said.

After a 10-3 start to their season raised expectations, the Wizards have plummeted back to earth. Since Nov. 16, they have stumbled to a 13-22 record, the NBA’s sixth-worst record over that stretch. True, they have faced serious obstacles for much of that time: the absences of key players Thomas Bryant and

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