In their first game after losing Bradley Beal due to a wrist fracture, Kevin Seraphin scored the game-winning dunk to give the Washington Wizards a 91-89 win over the Detroit Pistons Sunday. John Wall led all Washington scorers with 15 points while playing just under 22 minutes. For the Pistons, Andre Drummond scored 21 points on 9-of-9 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished three assists. Detroit won the field goal percentage battle against Washington, 46.3 percent to 42.6 percent.
However, free throws would be a major statistical key in the game, as Washington made 31-of-44 (70.5%), while Detroit was just 9-of-22 (40.9%) for theirs.
3 Things We Learned
1. The Professor's still got it
Andre Miller only scored three points, all on free throws. But he dished 11 assists, including the pass to Kevin Seraphin for a go-ahead dunk with 5.7 seconds left in the game.
Without his stellar passing game, the Wizards wouldn't have been very competitive in this game, let alone win it.
2. Xavier Silas had a tale of two halves, but Glen Rice Jr. had a bad day
With Beal out, there were more minutes available for younger wing players Xavier Silas and Glen Rice Jr. to show what they can do. Silas took advantage of the extra minutes, where he scored all 10 of his points in the first half to lead all scorers, but he missed all four of his shots in the second half.
Glen Rice Jr. unfortunately did not have the same type of performance. He started at the other guard spot in place of Beal Sunday, but only scored 2 points on 1-of-6 shooting in 22 minutes. Yikes!
Main takeaway here: Rice or Silas have shown potential that they can play meaningful minutes. However, they also need to be more consistent throughout the game.
3. Otto Porter shows hustle on both ends on the floor
Porter is continuing to show signs of consistency this preseason, as he scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. But the hustle he is showing on offense and defense is something that Randy Wittman will notice more.
With 4:40 left in the second quarter, Porter blocked what would have been an open D.J. Augustin corner three point attempt on the break. Soon after, he hustled for a loose ball. Porter's block came after a turnover he caused from a bad pass to Glen Rice Jr., but this shows that he is committed to making plays on defense when many other young players would have sulked. Porter also grabbed all three of his offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter to extend possessions.
If he continues to play like this, Porter will earn his fair share of playing time.