On Monday night, the Wizards went toe-to-toe with the reigning champs. Despite ultimately losing in overtime, they played a spectacular game and solidified their position as one of the top teams in the conference.
On Wednesday, the Wizards took on the team currently sitting comfortably in last place in the standings, the Brooklyn Nets. The results were decidedly less spectacular. Despite leading by as many as 13 points in regulation, the Wizards barely squeaked out a 114-110 win in overtime.
Were is not for some overtime heroics from Otto Porter, who came through with a few major offensive rebounds and scored 6 of the Wizards’ 14 overtime points, this one would have gone in the loss column.
The Wizards struggled to succeed while playing small
Markieff Morris (DNP; strained calf) is often considered the least important cog in the Wizards typically dominant starting unit, but the team felt his absence in this one. With the much smaller Kelly Oubre starting for Morris, the Nets also outscored the Wizards in the paint 50-38.
The Wizards can usually overcome their lack of size when they go small with Porter and Oubre as their forwards with high octane scoring, but tonight the offense was unimaginative and Oubre struggled to make an impact, missing all five of his field goal attempts.
The return of Ian Mahinmi
The Wizards’ $64 million dollar man played his second game for the team after playing just a single game in November before undergoing knee surgery.
Mahinmi has a lot of rust to shake off, and he still needs to develop chemistry with the rest of the team. Amidst the awkward pick and rolls and 3 fouls in 12 minutes, Mahinmi showed flashes of how he’ll help the Wizards with his screening and intelligent defense.
Bradley Beal earning his money
Beal followed up his 41 points on Monday night with 31 points against the Nets. He also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. With John Wall struggling to find his shot (23 points on 24 shots), Beal was the lone constant bright spot for the Wizards in this one. He also iced the game with an offensive rebound and two free throws with 25 seconds left on the clock.
Another night, another highlight crossover
Get ‘em, Trey Burke.