Both teams came into tonight's game integrating new players they acquired this week before the Trade Deadline, with the Wizards adding Markieff Morris and the Pistons adding Tobias Harris. Surprisingly, Harris won the battle of the box score, going for 17 points on 10 shots but that was just about the only battle the Pistons won for the evening.
Washington won the rebounding battle, the assist-to-turnover battle, the free throw line battle, and so on. Whether it was rust or lethargy, the Pistons had it and the Wizards did not and it showed pretty quickly in this one.
It's probably too quick to say the Morris trade helped the Wizards leapfrog the Pistons, but if nothing else it gets them one win closer to getting back in the playoff hunt. Whether it's a quality win, a lucky win, or a win with a caveat, they all get the Wizards closer to getting back in the playoff hunt.
Markieff Morris struggles in debut
Morris looked a bit shaky in his first game (6 points on 2-8 shooting, 0 assists in 10 minutes of action), but that's to be expected. He's not a black hole on offense but he had to more or less play like one tonight because he hasn't had enough practice time to know where to expect his teammates will be on the floor. Once he gets that down, that will open up his game more and his shooting efficiency should respond in turn.
Kelly Oubre still not free
In a game the Wizards led by double-digits the entire second half, Kelly Oubre only played 2 minutes and 27 seconds. I understand the Wizards wanted to test some lineup options with Markieff Morris and Beal once the game got out of hand, but Oubre is still a part of the team's future as well and he needs opportunities to learn.