November 5, 2016 – Amway Center, Orlando, FL
After getting their first win on Friday against Atlanta, the Wizards looked to keep it going against the Magic in Orlando. Unfortunately, John Wall didn’t play as part of his recovery process to get his knees back to full strength. Tomas Satoransky took his place at point guard and I liked his game. He didn’t do too little or too much and played composed throughout the game.
The game was pretty even until the end of the second quarter where the Wizards led the Magic by 10. Even with a solid lead at the end of the 3rd quarter, the Wizards lost their momentum and let the Magic back via a 10-2 run in the beginning of the third and whopping 18-0 run in the 4th. Although the Wizards found a way to keep it close until the end, Markieff Morris missed the potential game winnerand the Wizards fell to the Magic 88-86, and fell to 1-4 for the season.
The Game’s Top Performer
Since the beginning of the regular season, Markieff Morris has become a go-to scorer for the Wizards and so far he has not disappointed. Although he shot 5-16 on the field, he provided 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks in 38 minutes. The former Jayhawk showed that even with a bad shooting night, he can back it up on defense and on the glass. Even though he missed the potential game winner, I’m happy he took it.
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— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) November 6, 2016
A forgettable night for..
The Wizards bench. Especially Trey Burke.
Before I begin…
The Magic bench outscored the Wizards’ 43-27. When one of the Magic’s top scorers is one of the top performers in the game, that’s a problem. Furthermore, none of the Wizards bench players clocked over 20 minutes, which does not help the starters as they have to be in the game a lot longer. Lastly, Trey Burke and Marcus Thornton, the Wizards’ backcourt bench players, had more turnovers than the starting backcourt of Beal and Satoransky.
Key Stat of the Night
The only player that recorded a double-double was Otto Porter, who scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Otto is slowly starting to solidify himself as the starting 3 man. His performance was a bright spot for the Wizards as they look to see who can support John Wall and Bradley Beal.
- John Wall means a lot for the Wizards.
John Wall’s absence showed how much we need him in order to be successful. With Trey Burke still getting acclimated to his role and Bradley Beal slowly getting ito his form, we need Wall to command the floor and set the tempo.
- Tomas Satoransky can ball.
Tomas Satoransky proved that he can play with the starters. He’s the type of player that is smart with the ball, does not take too many shots, and plays hard on both ends of the court. He was a +13 and provided 8 points, 2 rebounds and a steal.
Bradley Beal showing that his game is not all about 3 point shots.