The Washington Wizards rolled to a dominant 126-96 win over the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association on Monday night. Everyone got in on the action as all 14 different players who played made at least one field goal in the win and eleven made at least three.
The only ones who didn’t get in on the fun were the ones who didn’t play. Markieff Morris, Tim Frazier, and Devin Robinson all sat with injuries. Additionally, Scott Brooks decided not to play John Wall and only played Bradley Beal 8 minutes.
The remaining players got a great chance to shine against the Long Lions, and that’s exactly what they did. They shot 59.8 percent from the field and went 10-24 on threes (41.7 percent). Washington had a double-digit lead within the first nine minutes of the game and steadily built on that lead throughout the game.
There isn’t a lot to take away from this one, considering the clear difference in talent level between the two teams, but still, there were some good signs in this one.
Jodie Meeks does all the right things in his debut
Meeks did everything you’d want him to do coming off the bench in this one. He looked spry running off screens, he was knocking down his open looks at a great rate, and gave Kelly Oubre room to attack the defense when he had the ball. He finished with 19 points in less than 17 minutes of action, making 7 of his 9 shots and 4 of his 5 threes.
He won’t always be as hot as he was in this game, and we’ll see if Meeks can keep it up when he’s playing against stronger defenses, but he’s always been an excellent shooter when he gets clean looks. If Washington can find ways to get him open against good competition, it will make their bench a lot more dynamic and useful.
Sheldon Mac showed progress
Mac looked outstanding. He ran the floor well and showed a much-improved handle and court vision in this one. It’s going to be hard for him to crack the rotation if Meeks can keep it up, but you can certainly see things trending in the right direction.
REMINDER: Don’t read anything into Scott Brooks’ lineups
Last year during the preseason, he experimented with all sort of lineups during the preseason which wound up having very little impact on the regular season rotations. Don’t read too much into Jason Smith getting the start tonight and Mike Scott not playing until the second half. That could easily flip for the next game.