1. Wizards come out fast, beat Blazers 105-97
Now, THAT'S what they needed. A big win against a big-time team. Bradley Beal finally exploded and wasn't as hesitant to shoot three pointers. The result? Four-for-four from beyond the arc. Washington was tight on defense, stunting Portland's offense with double teams, and moved the ball tremendously at times on offense. All five starters scored in double figures, as well.
To the recaps!
2. Big Panda emerges from long slumber
Bradley Beal finally got his mojo back -- for one night, at least. But if the win against Portland showed anything it was that Beal realized hesitancy is his main problem that he needs to overcome it. There were times where he seemed scared to shoot. And other times he let it fly without thinking. He's at his best when he's just shooting and not worried about anything else. Because they go in much more often than he thinks.
3. John Wall goes diving
Whoa. That's our franchise player, ladies and gents.
4. Randy Wittman has his rotation
Ramon Sessions, Drew Gooden, and Rasual Butler. They've been producing and they'll keep getting the most minutes off the bench for the time being, until they hit a slump and it's time to turn the merry-go-round.
5. Wizards on Jeopardy
We made it, mama. #FingerGuns