The Washington Wizards will finish their scrimmage games for the NBA restart with a match against the Los Angeles Lakers.
When: Monday, July 27 at 3 p.m. ET
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Florida
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, John Wall (out), Ian Mahinmi (Day-to-Day).
Lakers: Rajan Rondo (thumb), Anthony Davis (Eye)
Issac Bonga’s growth — Bonga had an exceptional game against the Clippers, racking up a double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds). It looks like his quarantine conditioning of building muscle has given him more confidence attacking the basket. Going to be interesting to see him show continued progress.
Can Rui Hachimura break out?— Rui so far has been solid in the two exhibition games, but this is his opportunity to distinguish himself as the clear #1 option while in Orlando. He was able to have a play run for him at the end of the Clippers game, that would typically go to someone like Beal. Part of his development as a key player for this team in the future will be to have those signature moments, to continue to build his confidence. It’s true that these are exhibition games, but it doesn’t mean that confidence and development cannot happen in these opportunities. It would be nice to see more from him for this game and beyond.
What will the Lakers strategy be? — It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. On the one hand, this is only the third time their team has played a live competitive game in four months, but they also are 5.5 games ahead of the second place Clippers with only eight regular season games left. It seems more likely that we will see a lot of minutes from their role players, but perhaps we may see some minutes from the likes of Lebron James and Anthony Davis.