Miami’s Jordan Mickey knocked down a last second three pointer to hand the Wizards their first preseason loss of 2017 by a score of 117-115 on Wednesday night.
The Wizards were finally set to face some real NBA competition in Miami, but the Heat followed the pattern of Washington’s other opponents this preseason by resting their main contributors. Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside, and Goran Dragic all did not play in Wednesday’s matchup. Despite the lack of star power, Miami still managed to keep the game extremely competitive. Rookie Bam Adebayo led the way with 15 points in 23 minutes.
Washington’s starters started off the night hot, shooting north of 50 percent in the first quarter, with Jason Smith going 3-4 from beyond the arc for 9 points. Smith made a strong case to fill in for Markieff Morris as the team’s starting power forward, finishing the night with a team high 20 points in 22 minutes. John Wall posted 16 points and 8 assists, while Bradley Beal contributed 15 points.
The Wizards’ regulars looked sharp for the entire first quarter, keeping Miami to just 19 points. The Heat opened up the second quarter on a strong 10-0 run against Washington’s reserves, closing the gap in swift fashion. From this point on it was a relatively tight, end to end battle, with each team’s reserves taking a large majority of available minutes.
Washington concludes their preseason campaign this Friday night at Madison Square Garden as they face the New York Knicks. They beat the Knicks last week without Kristaps Porzingis, so we’ll see if they get to face the young superstar in their preseason finale.
Frazier gives bench a boost in preseason debut
Depth is a major focus for Washington this year, and has been a talking point of the preseason. We got our first realistic glimpse of the total depth that the Wizards’ bench can offer, as Tim Frazier made his team debut. It was strong showing from the newly acquired backup point guard, as he finished with 9 assists and 4 points in 21 minutes.
Mike Scott also had a strong showing off the bench, as he had 13 points on 5-9 shooting. Jodie Meeks dropped in with an additional 10 points. Scott Brooks is going to rely heavily on these three to provide a solid punch alongside Kelly Oubre. This game was a great preview of that.
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