When: Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Ish Smith (Day-to-Day, Hamstring), John Wall (Achilles, Out)
Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr. (Game-Time-Decision, Concussion)
Washington needs Rui Hachimura to break out of his slump
Rui Hachimura doesn’t have a made field goal over the past two games. The rookie is in a bit of a slump as he’s a combined 0-14 from the field in the two contests for just three points. To Hachimura’s credit though, that doesn’t affect his energy on the defensive end.
Call it a slump, hitting a rookie wall, whatever - the Wizards need Hachimura to break out of this funk as they’re lacking a consistent scoring threat not named Bradley Beal or Davis Bertans.
The good news is that Hachimura is continuing to stay aggressive and is looking to finish around the rim. The bad news is that he’s getting blocked at the rim an awful lot - at least over the past two games. Maybe a game against one of the worst defensive teams in the league is all he needs to get back on track?
What ever happened to ball movement?
Everyone eats, remember that?
Well, the Wizards are doing the opposite of that right now. In Monday’s 4th quarter collapse, everyone looked around and watched as Bradley Beal tried to hero-ball this team to victory. Unfortunately for Washington, this is happening way too often.
On one hand, I get it - Brad knows that he’s the best player on this team and thinks that he has to will this team to victory on certain nights. However, once the defenses catch on to that, it’s game over.
The Wizards need to get back to sharing the basketball because at a minimum, it’ll keep the defense honest. On the flip side, hero-ball doesn’t make the defense work and the younger guys are stuck in the mud standing around watching.