The last time Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman was at Target Center as a head coach, his Minnesota Timberwolves suffered a 23-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Two days after that, he was unemployed.

More than four years later, Wittman was back in the place where he worked in some capacity for nearly 13 seasons with a different team and a slightly different approach. In his third coaching stop, Wittman remains just as intense, but said he is much more patient.

That patience was put to the test on Wednesday during an 87-82 loss in which the Wizards opened with a lethargic effort defensively and closed by tossing away the basketball as if it was loose pocket change.

“Until we learn to value the ball, we’re going to have games like this,” Wittman said after watching the Wizards (19-40) commit 24 turnovers, which contributed to 30 points for the Timberwolves. “We just don’t value the basketball at all. It doesn’t hurt us to have a turnover. We just throw it all over. Almost half of their points were off our turnovers.”