Tomas Satoransky doesn’t have the burst it takes to collapse defenses consistently, but he reminded us in Sunday’s victory over the Timberwolves he will gladly attack the rim when he gets the chance. He scored 12 points in the paint against Minnesota, tying a season-high he set in Washington’s high-paced loss to the Spurs.
He got the ball rolling on Washington’s first possession, exploiting the Timberwolves’ lax defense for an easy layup.
A minute later, he got past Jeff Teague to hit this fading bank shot over Karl-Anthony Towns.
Late in the first half, when it looked like the Wizards might lose their grip on the game, Satoransky delivered in the paint again to get Washington some crucial buckets to keep things close before Washington took over in the second half. First, he exploited a mismatch against Andrew Wiggins.
Later, he caught Jeff Teague napping on a box out to get an easy bucket on the offensive rebound.
In the fourth quarter, Satoransky kicked off a 20-10 run that put the game away with this tough shot over Tyus Jones.
He’s shooting 64.7 percent in the restricted area, and 44.6 percent on shots in the paint outside the restricted area this season, which are both solid percentages for someone his size. Although he may never be a high-volume driver, he’s got a lot of ways to take advantage of the chances he gets.