Regular season game #1
Washington Wizards (0-0) at Detroit Pistons (0-0)
October 30, 2013
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 106.7FM The Fan
Projected starting lineups:
C- Marcin Gortat, PF- Nene, SF- Trevor Ariza, SG- Bradley Beal, PG- John Wall
C- Andre Drummond, PF- Greg Monroe, SF- Josh Smith, SG- Chauncey Billups, PG- Will Bynum
John Wall v. Peyton Siva
We have all been on the Bradley Beal wagon lately and for good reason. Beal has dominated on offense for a majority of the preseason. John Wall has played well for the most part, but everything has been overshadowed by Bradley’s superior performances.
Prior to the preseason, most of the attention was on John Wall as he challenged himself this offseason to improve his game and lead his team to the playoffs. Perhaps the preseason was too early for Wall to have a performance that would show us that he is ready to take his game to the next level. Starting tonight, everything counts. Maybe this introduction and selection was more fitting for inserting John Wall into our spotlight tonight, but it’s about much more than that.
To be an elite guard in this league you have to take advantage of the inferior players you might go up against. Peyton Siva is inferior. Chauncey Billups might even end up taking this assignment, and as crafty as he is, he is much too old and slow to keep up with John Wall. As much as I am still terrified of Andre Drummond, the Wizards held their own in the frontcourt last time around. The Wizards out-rebounded the Pistons and did not get their own shallow frontcourt in any foul trouble. The Pistons backcourt is in shambles and the Wizards need to run circles around them. Maybe Bradley Beal will do most of the damage, but I want John Wall to set the table. I want John Wall to run the break and force Detroit’s bigs to rush back on defense because John Wall is pushing the break as soon as Nene kicks it to him off the rebound. If John Wall is hungry, than tonight is the night to eat.