Here’s what’s been going on with the Wizards and Mystics this week.
Hopefully what happened in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas
The Wizards’ final record in Las Vegas was a disappointing 1-4, but they got great performances from their key up-and-coming pieces. Devin Robinson was an efficient highlight factory all week long, but they also got big performances out of first-round pick Troy Brown Jr., even though he went up against talented wing players like Cedi Osman, Lonnie Walker IV, Zhaire Smith, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Jerome Robinson.
Brown averaged 18.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game and showed improvement with his shot as Summer League unfolded. He even earned All-Summer League Second Team honors from The Starters.
He didn’t wow with a bunch of jaw-dropping athletic plays, but he showed a rare polish for an 18-year-old that should help him earn some minutes during his rookie year.
The Mystics recover after giving away a winnable game at home
The Mystics put together arguably their worst effort of the season in a 106-89 loss at home to the Dream on Wednesday in which they gave up 11 threes and allowed four Dream players to score over 20 points.
They rebounded on Friday with a 16-point win over Elena Delle Donne’s former team, the Chicago Sky. Delle Donne scored 25 and the Mystics got 25 more from rookie Ariel Atkins, who now has the fourth-highest scoring average among rookies, only behind A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Mitchell, and Diamond DeShields.
The Mystics are now just a half-game behind the Mercury for second place in the standings, but now they face a four-game road trip before the All-Star break. While all four games are against teams behind them in the standings, it will be an interesting challenge for a team that’s played fewer games on the road than anyone else so far this season.
John Wall gets in his feelings and gets ready for softball
I turned 30 this week but nothing made me feel older than seeing this and not having a clue what was going on. You can read about it here. I still don’t quite get it, but hey, I’m old now.
Fun fact about Drake: He’s a big fan of the Raptors, the team John Wall and the Wizards swept out of the playoffs in 2015. Wild times.
Fun fact about John Wall: He’ll be participating in the Celebrity Softball Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. Here’s to hoping he can make a few highlights so we can finally put this video away for good.