The Wizards closed preseason action with a 110-103 win over the Knicks on Friday night. With the win, the Wizards finished with a 4-1 record even though Scott Brooks chose to give John Wall the night off in New York.
Bradley Beal and Jason Smith provided some extra pop for the starting unit with Wall out to keep the Wizards’ offense humming. Beal finished with 24 points on just 13 shots, and Smith scored 17 and made 3 three-pointers just two nights after making four in Miami.
Their hot nights helped the team overcome an off night from Marcin Gortat. Without his normal pick-and-roll partner, he couldn’t get any good looks. He finished with no points, only attempted one shot, grabbed just three rebounds, and finished with twice as many turnovers (4) as assists (2) in 25 minutes of action. That, coupled with an only a slightly-less underwhelming stat line from Ian Mahinmi, helped the Knicks stay competitive for most of the game until Washington’s reserves were able to put together a 13-1 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Washington will be back in action on Wednesday night, as they host the 76ers in their regular season opener.
Tomas Satoransky makes his case for playing time
Satoransky got an opportunity to play quite a bit at point guard behind Tim Frazier and had a really nice night. He looked comfortable running the offense, knocked down some jumpers, and had an impressive highlight on this putback dunk:
It’s still anyone’s guess how Tomas Satoransky will factor into the team’s rotation in the regular season, but if nothing else, he showed some improvement with his playmaking and overall feel for the game, that will hopefully translate to more success when he gets chances to play.
Kelly Oubre’s bizarro game
Oubre was superb on the offensive end in this game, scoring 21 points in just under 24 minutes of action. It was a great way to finish what’s been a very good preseason for Oubre. His jump shot and his handle look a lot better and it’s allowing him to do a lot more on that end of the floor than previous seasons.
However, he had his share of struggles on the defensive end. He committed five fouls and let Doug McDermott get the best of him on several occasions.
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While it’s great to see Oubre developing his offensive repertoire, it can’t come at the expense of his where he earns his bread. If Washington has any hope of improving defensively, they can’t have their most talented defender getting sloppy on that end.
The battle for the final roster spot
Based on how tonight’s action unfolded, it certainly seems like Carrick Felix has the upper hand to secure the Wizards’ final roster spot. Even with John Wall out of the lineup, Donald Sloan didn’t get any playing time in the preseason finale, while Carrick Felix got to play the entire fourth quarter and made a three during Washington’s game-sealing run.