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Quick Hits & Highlights: Wizards vs. Raptors, Regular Season Game 3

Raptors 113
Wizards 103

November 2, 2016 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC

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The Washington Wizards were the last team in the NBA to have their home opener in the regular season. No biggie as the high rafters of Verizon Center were less than packed for a new season of Wizards basketball, but the crowd closest to the court was enthusiastic during a jam packed fourth quarter stretch.

The starters got off on the right foot by building a 27-15 lead midway through the first quarter, but the bench eventually squandered the 12-point advantage away. A 15-1 run by the Raptors in the third quarter made it an uphill battle for Washington in the fourth. After tying the game at 92, the Wizards could not complete the comeback late and fell to 0-3 on the season by a score of 113-103.

#WizRaps in a Tweet…

The Game’s Top Performer

Otto Porter

The argument could be made for John Wall and his 33 points, but the nine turnovers took him out of the conversation which he himself admitted. Instead Otto Porter played like he wanted a contract extension, the deadline for which was Halloween night, with 23 points and 13 rebounds. The former Hoya was an efficient 11 of 13 shooting and took advantage of crashing the boards with put back opportunities. Porter also played solid defense and showed signs of being the contributor Washington needs him to be in the long haul.

A forgettable night for..

Trey Burke

Trey Burke was traded for and signed as the backup point guard this summer but he has not had a good start. Burke only played 6 minutes in the first half and was benched in the second. Burke did a poor job initiating offense, getting others involved, and committed three turnovers. Toronto rattled off a 17-6 run while the backup point guard was in the game. Despite his poor play, it is a small sample size and Scott Brooks commented that he is not ruling anyone out of the rotation this early in the season.

Key Stat of the Night

John Wall and Bradley Beal made it clear that Washington is not going to be able outscore teams on a nightly basis, which was again the case tonight. The reason why Toronto was able to put up 113 points on the road comes from their 30 points off 21 Wizard turnovers. Too many errant passes by Washington was the difference in this one.

Quick Hits

• Wall still believes he is not respected enough in the NBA, which is true. Despite the loss, opposing head coach Dwane Casey showed the Wizards point guard some love with the following quote from pregame:

“You’ve got to get bodies in front of him. One guys is not going to stop him. He’s so strong and so fast, a lot like Russell Westbrook from that aspect. You’ve got to keep bodies in front of him. If you give up anything you want to give up a challenged jump shot, but he’s got so good now he’s making those jump shots and you’ve got to be able to respect that also. He’s one of the most underrated point guards in the league right now because he brings everything to the table: speed, quickness, defense, now shooting. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves as a point guard.”

#FreeSato. That is all. The 6-foot-7 European played nearly 10 minutes of meaningful game time for the first time in his young NBA career. Satoransky finished with two points, two boards, and two assists but showed sparks of good things to come. At first he played backup point guard instead of Burke but the last portion of his minutes came at small forward once John Wall and Bradley Beal returned to the lineup, which also ate up Kelly Oubre’s second half minutes. Wall, Beal, and Scott Brooks thought Satoransky played well, but we must wait and see if he is a permanent part of the rotation.

DeMar DeRozan does deserve his All-Star and Team USA status.

Inefficient at times, DeRozan was anything but tonight with 40 points on 14 of 23 shooting from the field. The lengthy shooter dropped 28 points in the second half, which allowed Toronto to withstand Washington’s 4th quarter push. Brooks tried defending DeRozan with Wall, Beal, Porter, Oubre, and Satoransky but nothing worked well on a consistent basis.

Closing Highlights:

John Wall thievery

Sometimes it’s more fun watching the defense trying to guard John Wall.

The ultimate rookie hazing: #Raptors Pascal Siakam forced to be toyed with by John Wall.

John Wall, The Illusionist.


Hi John. Oh hey Sato!

Wall and Porter making something out of nothing at all.

That last sequence from Wall deserves a second look.

Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for Hoop District covering the Wizards. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland, College Park. Neil also covers the Washington Redskins for Breaking Burgundy and Maryland Terrapins for Testudo Times. Neil previously covered the Wizards for District Sports Page and is looking forward to bring his in-person coverage to each of the loyal Hoop District followers.

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