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Daily Digits: The Wizards finally threw a block party worth celebrating

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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 the number of blocks per game the Wizards are averaging this season, which is...

7.1

For all the problems the Wizards have had on the defensive end this season, the one thing they’ve done exceptionally well is block shots. They’re averaging more blocks per game than any other team in the league and that’s despite playing without Dwight Howard most of the season.

The Wizards came up with two huge blocks at the end of regulation and the end of overtime to seal their win over the Blazers, and they got another big one on Sunday night that helped put the final nail in the coffin for their win over the Knicks. Once again, it wasn’t a big man that delivered the final blow, but Bradley Beal, making this wonderful play on Mitchell Robinson to put the game away.

While blocking shots isn’t the best predictor of whether or not a team is defending well, at least it gives Washington something they can hang their hat on this season. Based on their early results, it might be their best path to victory this season.