Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.
Today’s stat is the number of points the Wizards gave up in Wednesday’s loss to the Warriors, which was...
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Going into Wednesday’s game, you could make the case the Wizards’ defense had been doing pretty well, other than their rebounding issues. If you got their second-chance points down to the league average, they would have had some of the best defensive numbers in the league for the first week of the season.
After that onslaught though, it’s hard to keep hopes up. Sure, the Wizards were missing their top-two centers and sure the Warriors are an all-time great offense, but other teams have dealt with worse and found ways to keep Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant from scoring so effortlessly.
Can they be above-average, especially once Howard returns? Perhaps, but after this game it’s going to take several good defensive efforts to even out the averages.