The Wizards delivered the Knicks their first preseason loss behind dominant showings from John Wall, Otto Porter Jr. and Bradley Beal in their 110-98 victory on Monday night. Beal led the team in scoring with 20 points, Wall delivered 14 of his own to go along with nine assists and six rebounds. Porter finished with 12 points but went 2-5 from deep to go along with six rebounds and three assists.
Those three are always going to get their numbers, though. What was more impressive was the defense they played. These Wizards have a knack for being nonchalant on that end of the floor, but tonight they brought it. Deflections, blocks, key switches, getting over screens. You name it, they did it. Just look at the hustle here.
That’s what you call defense on a string. They won possession by being the first man to the ball and beating the Knicks to every spot. It’s difficult to do, but this team can do it. If we see more of this? They’ll be good.
Oh, that’s nice!
The ball movement was incredible from the Wizards all game long, but this might be my favorite pass of the night.
That’s an absolutely incredible dunk, but key in on that hit ahead pass from Beal. That’s not a pass we’d see from the Wizards last year or even the year before.
Getting the ball out in transition is key and having ball handlers who can make plays against a scrambling defense is what makes great offense. Hopefully we see more of this moving forward.
Ian Mahinmi, corner specialist, in the flesh.
I’m not sure how reliable this shot will be come the regular season, but I’m liking what I’m seeing. It adds another element to Mahinmi’s game that opens doors for the offense. With Dwight Howard down due to injury and Mahinmi potentially playing heavy minutes, him being a floor spacer means that much more.
Sidenote: Mans had five fouls in 18 minutes. Stop wilding, please?
Get well, Thomas Bryant
Bryant went down with a pretty bad looking ankle injury. The specifics are unclear, but it didn’t look good. Bryant was on the ground for a few minutes before being helped off of the floor.
This stinks. Not only because Bryant provided depth at an extremely thin position for the Wizards, but because he’s only 21 years old and still has a lot of promise. Hopefully, this isn’t a long-term injury and Bryant will be able to get some tic between playing for the Go-Go (yo, I can’t believe I just typed that) and the main squad. You hate to see this happen to anyone, but Bryant is a fun, young dude. Get well soon, my guy.