The Clippers opened the game on a 17-6 run to set the tone early and outscored the Wizards by 16 points in the first quarter. Washington kept the deficit from growing in the second quarter, but then the Clippers’ starters ripped off a 19-6 run to start the second half and open up a 28 point lead. The Wizards responded with a 25-5 run later in the half to narrow the deficit, but it was too late to change the final outcome.
Although Washington has been eliminated from the tournament, they still have work to do in Las Vegas. They will play a consolation game against the Mavericks at 6 pm Eastern Time on Friday.
- Devin Robinson put together another impressive performance, scoring 26 points on 13 shots along with 11 rebounds. In a game where no one else made more than four shots, Robinson didn’t let Washington’s struggles keep him from having a solid game on both ends. It’s hard to see him finding a role on the team next season, since they already have Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris, and Jeff Green who can play his position, but he’s making a strong case for playing time in the not-too-distant future.
- Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well for Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant. Chris Chiozza struggled to get the offense going against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and that had a direct impact on their performances. They combined to go 5-of-14 from the field with 2 assists and 6 turnovers. They recovered a bit in the second half once the game had already been decided, but we saw some more of the shortcomings these two will face when they’re called upon in the regular season.
- Issuf Sanon is a long, long way away from being able to run an offense at an NBA level. He doesn’t produce enough as a passer or a scorer to keep teams honest, but if he makes in the league, he’s going to pester the living daylights out of whoever he’s guarding. Just watch him hound Jawun Evans on this possession.