When: Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Jason Smith (Out, Shoulder), Markieff Morris (Out, Hernia), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)
Jason Smith (shoulder) out tonight against the Pistons, per Brooks. Oubre starts at SF, Otto at the 4.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) October 20, 2017
Pistons: Reggie Bullock (Out, Suspended)
What to Watch for
Can the Wizards get their three-point shooting back on target?
Washington had a weird night from deep against Philadelphia. They were 6-22, which would have been one of their worst outings of last season in terms of makes, attempts, and efficiency. If it hadn’t been for a big night by Kelly Oubre, Wednesday’s outcome could have been much different.
The Wizards still wound up having an effective night offensively because they got to the line a lot, but it will be harder to draw fouls against more experienced teams like Detroit. They need Bradley Beal and Otto Porter in particular, who combined to shoot 1-7 Wednesday, to be more involved outside.
Part of Washington’s struggles on Wednesday were certainly tied to Jason Smith’s injury, which made things even more complicated at the 4 spot. That said, Washington can’t let this become a thing to start the season. Going up against Stan Van Gundy’s Pistons should provide a good litmus test for where things stand before they take a four-game road trip to the West Coast.
A random highlight from Wizards - Pistons history: Trevor Ariza’s retracted dagger
You gotta give credit to Trevor Ariza for making an airball look so convincing that the broadcasters for the Wizards and Pistons both thought he made the shot.
When you think about it, it’s actually much harder to do that than actually put the ball in the basket. Respect the man’s precision.