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Wizards Rain Terror From Deep; Put The Clamps On Kristaps In Win Over Knicks

Wizards 119
Knicks 112

November 17, 2016 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC

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It was all over at the Verizon Center…until it wasn’t.

After a slow start, and seemingly a takeover by Kristaps Porzingis, the Wizards seized control of the game. There is really nothing else to say other than the Wizards offense was unstoppable. An impressive 3rd quarter helped build a 20 point lead for the home team, and it seemed as though it was game over. Until that dreadful 4th quarter came. 47 points. The Wizards let the Knicks score 47 points and saw their huge lead diminish down to single digits. This is when things got exciting. The Verizon Center was louder than ever, and proved to help both teams as they traded buckets for multiple possessions. The Knicks would then started playing the foul game, and it wasn’t much competition from there.

The Game’s Top Performer

All who contributed from the 3-point line.

It is impossible to state the greatness of the Wizards shooting from deep tonight. They came out firing on all cylinders against the Knicks and it sure helped to have Bradley Beal back in the lineup. At the end of the first quarter the Wiz had knocked down all four of their shots from deep and carried that throughout the first half, at which point they were shooting 73% from deep. Early on it was Porter and Beal making it rain. Then in the third quarter, John Wall contributed with a trio of three pointers. Later, Marcus Thorton got involved early in the 4th and made two in a row! The Wizards made 15 of 25 from downtown. Good to finally see them playing lights out.

A forgettable night for..

Kristaps Porzingis

Coming off a career night, everyone was watching to see how Porzingis would follow it up. So how did he perform? Like the complete opposite. The young stretch 4 came out strong in the first quarter and looked as though he was taking over the game, but then he disappeared until around the last four minutes of the game. Markieff Morris deserves a lot of credit here, as he did an excellent job as Kristaps’ primary defender holding him to a below average scoring night. Kristaps’ off night took some electricity away from the Knicks, and it was visible. The only Knick to have a standout night was Derrick Rose. 27 points 4 assists. That’s it. Some super team right? Ha!

Quick Hits

  • Last night was Beal’s first game back after nursing a hamstring injury over the past couple of days. He sure came out and made up for lost time. Brad shot 3-6 from deep to go along with five assists. The most impressive stat for me was going 5-5 from the free throw line. Why does that matter? Because it proves Beal was not playing timid. He went out, competed, got to the line, and converted on plays. Those are good signs in a bounce-back game.
  • Jason Smith is a non-factor whenever he steps on the floor, and teams are learning that. In the few minutes he does get, Smith is rarely guarded on the offensive end. Yes, he does rebound a little but overall he handicaps the team, as it is basically four on five whenever he’s on the floor. It is hard for the Wizards to improve when teams can easily double up on Wall, Beal, or Porter. Not only is he overpaid, he is over-hyped. Come back soon Ian 🙁
  • The team’s morale is on the up and up? Markieff Morris, when ask what he expects, said “I expect to win, nothing else.” Tonight’s game was a big win for the struggling Wizards and will hopefully be the foundation for a couple more wins now, and further along in the season. Once Ian Mahinmi is healthy and everyone has their chemistry down, the Wiz have the ability to be a top five team in the East.

A set of game highlights..

Courtesy of @TruthAboutIt

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