The Wizards took care of business at home against the Orlando Magic behind a combined 60 points from their dynamic back court of John Wall and Bradley Beal. This is the type of game the Wizards have had a tendency to lose.
The Wizards have had an issue all year with playing down to their competition so this match-up against the 12 win Orlando Magic team was crucial. In order to be an elite and serious contender in the Eastern Conference the Wizards need to start dominating teams with inferior talent.
Orlando is not to be underestimated despite their record. The Magic had a balanced offensive attack and featured some clutch jump shots from their young talent Aaron Gordon. Center Bismack Biyombo also had a career high in the first half which should cause some concern for the Wizards interior defense. However, in the end when the game got tight in the fourth quarter the two Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal were too much, as both ended the game scoring 30 points each. Wall also had some game clinching defensive plays to finish things off in the fourth quarter. This is what the Wizards need to do on a regular basis. With the Brooklyn Nets on the horizon for Saturday night they need to do the same thing and beat the teams they are supposed to beat.
Some Quick Hits
–Kelly Oubre continues to impress with his aggressive and confident play off the bench. Although he made a mistake late in the game firing a long jumper early in the shot clock while the Wiz were trying to ice the game but the attitude and swag he brings off the bench is invaluable.
– Ian Mahinmi put in arguably his best performance as a Wizard scoring in double figures and making a big impact setting picks and on the glass. His contract has been a big point of criticism for the Wizards so its good to see them finally start to get a return on that investment.
– Scott Brooks in the post game press conference alluded to experimenting with their rotation from game to game. The starters will likely stay locked in but it will be interesting to see how the bench minutes will be assigned as we get closer to playoff time.
Left to Right: Chris Johnson and Harold Bell covering the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena Press Box, Washington, DC
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