It was yet another subpar defensive performance for the Wizards — the 14th time in 27 games they’ve allowed their opponent to score 120 or more points.
The Wizards got superb performances from Ish Smith and Bradley Beal. According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, Smith had the first perfect shooting night for a Washington guard with at least nine field goal attempts.
Game over. Wizards keep it close in Toronto but lose 122-118. Washington now 8-19.— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) December 21, 2019
• Ish Smith 26 pts, 9-9 FGs (!!), 4-4 3PAs, 4-4 FTs (first perfect game for a guard w/ 9+ FGA in franchise history)
• Beal 37-7-6
• Bertans 3-15 FGs, 2-12 3PA
• Lowry 26-4-9
Davis Bertans, who’d been riding a wave of stellar performances, had a bad shooting night, which included a miss on a wide-open three that would have given the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.
Still, offense wasn’t Washington’s problem. Once again, the team had a strong offensive performance, and once again they let themselves down with poor defense.
In his book, Basketball On Paper, now Wizards assistant coach Dean Oliver formalized the four factors (offensive and defensive) that define who wins and loses in basketball. Here are the numbers in those factors from the Wizards-Raptors game:
Wizards-Raptors Four Factors
Player Production Average and Scoreboard Impact Rating
Player Production Average (PPA) is an overall production metric I developed, which credits players for things they do to help the team win, and debits them for things that don’t. PPA is pace-neutral and accounts for defense. In PPA, 100 is average and higher is better.
Scoreboard Impact Rating (SIR) translates production into points on the scoreboard in this game.
Wizards PPA and SIR
Raptors PPA and SIR