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Daily Digits: The Wizards still don’t have reliable options behind John Wall and Bradley Beal

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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 Austin Rivers and Tomas Satoransky’s plus/minus together this season, which is...

-41

And that’s in only 97 minutes together. That’s like a team getting outscored by a combined 41 points in two games. Just try wrapping your head around that. [Remembers the Wizards have lost the last three games by a combined 67 points.] Well, you get the idea.

Wasn’t this supposed to be the year the Wizards finally had a backcourt that could spell John Wall and Bradley Beal? Well, it’s hard to stay on the court when the team is shooting 35.9 percent from the field when they’re sharing the floor and they’ve had nearly as many shots blocked (15) as threes made (18) together.

It would be nice if the Wizards staggered their minutes differently so we could get a better idea of who is dragging the team down more, but it hasn’t worked out that way yet. Satoransky has only played eight minutes without Rivers so far this season. Rivers has played a little more without Satoransky, but most of those minutes have come in unconventional lineups the team had to use with the injuries to Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris.

Rivers and Satoransky have both shown they can be productive in the past, and they could prove to be the best backups Wall and Beal have had, but it might help if they didn’t play together so often.