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Wizards vs. Knicks, Preseason Game 2: What To Watch For

The Wizards preseason opener came and went on Tuesday night, delivering home to us (as promised) a fun and charismatic, yet unprecedented style of basketball. It was a style of basketball that, since his first paycheck up until Tuesday’s game, had been refuted by the archaic offensive philosophy of Randy Wittman. This shift in philosophy, if you will, transposed on the court and, quite simply, the Wizards simply became fun ass team to watch.

The anticipation for game 2 now turns up a notch. After a massive bombardment of points coming by way of their shelling of 3-point shots and an outrageous performance by Otto Porter, the question now is, how much of this is sustainable? Here’s what a few things you should look out for to help you get your answer.

Is this Kris Humphries thing for real?

I really, really hope so. When healthy, Hump is about as reliable as Frenchie from The Departed. That’s essentially calling him one in 10 million, which I’m sure has never been a marital assessment of him.

Since Hump has arrived in DC, he’s been about ripping boards, extending plays, and comfortably knocking down a midrange J. He rotates well off the ball, sets textbook picks, and can hit a shot cleanly from up to 20 feet away. With his balls feeling better after the groin injury, this year’s Kris is seeking more Randy points by extending his range beyond the 3-point arc- something we now realize he can actually do!

There are some errors in his shot that need some troubleshooting – like his molasses release – but if Kris can prove that he can remain a good option to help stretch the floor, and stops scaring the shit out of Wittman, the Wizards may have finally found the stretch 4 they’ve forever coveted.

Need. More. Beal.

I might make Beal a topic of focus every night. I’m that interested. There was a lot to like about Beal on Tuesday night. He and Wall on the open floor shows glimpses of something like a Wade/LeBron 2.0 the way they free-flow at a high pace. And you gotta love that shot chart. Frame it if you want to. Beal went 9-13 from the field, five of those buckets came at the rim, and he went 1-3 from 3PT.

Tonight, we look for more of the same from Beal, but perhaps a few more weapons out the panda arsenal. Look for more shots coming off the dribble, both from midrange and downtown. Look for more free-flowing offense coming off transition, meaning more of Beal finishing at the rim (also a great sight). What I’d like to see more of is a bigger sample than three 3-point attempts. And more spin moves. Yeahhh spin moves!

The Return of Snakey

Bound to be a surreal image whether he’s dressing tonight or not is Kevin Seraphin’s current existence as a New York Knickerbocker. Keven Seraphin had a productive debut against the Brazilians, tallying 14 points and five boards to go with three turnovers.

Snakey returns to DC for the first time as an enemy after spending his first five years with the Wizards. His relationship with Coach Wittman was often compelling to watch, being just an ear-pull short of looking like a father and son. Look for his reconnection with Wittman tonight to be a merry one.

While Seraphin is doubtful to play tonight, what’s not doubtful are the chances of him sending a creative Snap if he doesn’t.

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