Washington pulled out their 49th win of the season, even though they were without John Wall and Otto Porter, who both sat out with injuries. The three remaining starters combined for 61 points while limiting Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Marcus Morris to 27 points on 29 shots.
With the victory in hand, the Wizards become the first team in NBA history to start a season 2-8 and win at least 49 games. They’ll have a chance to get to 50 wins on Wednesday night in their season finale against the Heat in Miami.
Bradley Beal plays like a #1 option
Beal struggled at times earlier this season when he had to take on a heavier load when John Wall was limited after surgery. But he showed how far he’s come along as a top option with how well he played in this one.
He was clearly the best player out there whenever he stepped on the floor, racking up 33 points in 33 minutes on just 20 shots. He was smooth, efficient, and polished. It didn’t look like he was overwhelmed by the challenge in the same way he has been in the past.
Honestly, he probably could have gone for a lot more if he was getting regular minutes and there was more on the line. He was getting everything he wanted in this one, including the bucket that sealed the victory late in the game:
Obviously, the Wizards are always going to be better when they’ve got John Wall on the floor, but it’s really great to see how Beal has developed into a player who can still be effective without Wall’s help this season.
Ian Mahinmi got dinged up again
Ian Mahinmi went to the locker room after appearing to hurt his leg on this play [Via TNT]: pic.twitter.com/LyV2oLvll5— CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) April 11, 2017
Late in this one, Ian Mahinmi appeared to hurt his ankle and went back to the locker room to get looked at. Hopefully, it’s just a mild sprain. While the Wizards had a lot of success before he got healthy this season, they’re a much more complete team when they have him out there. They really can’t afford to have him injured or not playing at his best going into the playoffs this weekend.
Tomas Satoransky: Still tantalizing
Satoransky has been the odd man out of the Wizards’ rotation for most of the second half of the season, and understandably so. While he’s had some good moments, Washington’s other options off the bench are just better.
With John Wall and Otto Porter out , Satoransky got a nice chance to remind everyone what he can do when he’s on his game. He finished with 11 points and 3 assists in 19 minutes of action, and helped prop up a second unit that wasn’t very effective otherwise.
It’s still going to be hard to fit him in the playoff rotation (unless Mahinmi’s injury is serious) but performances like this one should provide some hope that he’ll be ready to take on a bigger role with the team next season.