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Spurs’ Well-Oiled Machine Greases Wizards 112-100

Spurs 112
Wizards 100

November 26, 2016 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC

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If there was one thing that Wizards learned from tonight’s game, it’s this – layup lines are actually important. The Wizards missed shots from point blank range that could have made the game a lot closer than it should have been.

The Wizards starters all ended up with double digits in the points category, providing the majority of the offense. Tonight was also the debut of Ian Mahinmi, who provided solid minutes on both sides of the court. What impressed me the most about him is his help defense and how he performs on the help side –very promising as the season progresses.

Going off from the pregame, tonight’s game showed the inconsistency of the Wizards’ bench, who were outscored by the Spurs bench, 30-8, proving how every single player on the Spurs team is a threat to score.

Overall, the Spurs ball movement and missed opportunities lead to their 112-100 victory.

#WizSpurs in a Tweet

It makes sense doesn’t it Kirk?

The Game’s Top Performer

Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal’s performance tonight is another step in the right direction – and it starts with him not forcing his shots. He didn’t rely on the 3-point line heavily, instead he penetrated the basket. In addition, he was on the receiving end for the majority of the Wizards’ fast-break points. He finished with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

A forgettable night for..

Whoever was guarding a Spurs point guard.

Tony Parker and Patty Mills combined for 33 points and conducted their offense well by penetrating the lane and finding open shots. The Spurs rely heavily on the pick and roll, which tends to have the defense either go through screens or switch. With the lack of communication from the Wizards against the pick and roll, Parker and Mills were able to maneuver around the defense and create shots for themselves and their teammates.

Key Stat of the Night

As each game progresses this season, Otto Porter’s consistency has proved him to be an up and coming superstar in this league. It might not show in the stat sheet, but the hustle that he provides – from offensive rebounds, running from both ends on the court, and even guarding one of the best players in Kawhi Leonard – Porter’s hustle shows how important he is when he is on the court.

Quick Hits

  • Markieff Morris picked up 2 technical fouls, leading to his ejection with about 7:30 left in the third quarter. He finished with 12 points.
  • “They defend without fouling – we only got to the free throw line 3 times, they’ve always done that – they’re good at not fouling. We put them on the line too many times.” – Scott Brooks on the Spurs defense holding the Wizards to less than 10 free throw attempts.

From the locker room:

John Wall laughs off the discrepancy of free throw attempts last night. Spurs went to the line 29 times. Wizards just 10.

Wall talks about Kieff’s frustration that lead to his ejection and the Wizards “trying to be more physical.”

One thought on “Spurs’ Well-Oiled Machine Greases Wizards 112-100

  1. Otto Porter is good, getting better and just might someday make an all-star team (when LeBron and Melo get too old, and PG13 and Jimmy Butler, have an bad year). But he does not IMO have “superstar” potential. Superstar means you are a top 20 player in the NBA. The Wizards have maybe 1 superstar – John Wall – and that is pushing it. A retired NBA forward who cohosts on Sirius NBA was talking about how Porter is playing better in his contract year and said that Porter needed to keep it up in order to stay in the NBA (implying Porter is a marginal NBA player) – That comment was ridiculous. But it is almost as ridiculous to assign superstar potential to a Swiss Army knife kind of player like Otto Porter.
    John Wall, who has let his defense slip badly over the past 2 seasons, was the culprit in making Tony Parker look like he should be back on the all-NBA 1st team.

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