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By the Numbers: Wizards get their first win of the season

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Washington Wizards v Minnesota Timberwolves
Wizards guard Bradley Beal had his best game of the season in the team’s 130-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

After a five-game skid to open the season, the Wizards stomped on the depleted Minnesota Timberwolves 130-109 for their first win of the year. It was a feel-good game for nearly everyone on the roster. The game wasn’t as close as even the 21-point final margin might suggest — the Timberwolves closed the gap in garbage time.

With 31 points on 20 shots, 3-5 shooting from three-point range, and 7 assists, this was Bradley Beal’s best game of the season. He scored at will on helpless Timberwolves defenders.

Thomas Bryant had another terrific game with 18 points on 7 shots, as well as 7 rebounds in just 22 minutes. Bryant’s rebounding, which was decent in previous seasons, has dipped this year. While Russell Westbrook, who didn’t play on the second night of a back-to-back, can be relied on to collect defensive rebounds, the Wizards could use stronger board work from their starting center.

Bryant was a perfect 7-7 from the floor and has shot 17-18 over the past two games.

Rookie Deni Avdija had an excellent all-around game. He gets lost in the shuffle a bit on the offensive end, but he defended well (3 steals last night), made several quality passes to set up teammates (including a sweet lob to Bryant), and shot 3-5 from three-point range.

Raul Neto continued to make the case for pushing ahead of Ish Smith in the backup guard rotation. He shot 5-7 from the floor, 2-3 from three-point range and generally annoyed Timberwolves counterpart Ricky Rubio into a bad game. Smith was good too with 9 assists in 21 minutes, but Neto’s better shooting is more of a need with Westbrook and Beal.

Jerome Robinson got 22 minutes and did something with them — 13 points on 8 shots, including 2-3 from three-point range. Scott Brooks should not interpret this to mean Robinson should be a regular part of the rotation.

Davis Bertans, Robin Lopez and Troy Brown Jr. were decent. Lopez was productive, but committed 5 fouls in 20 minutes. Bertans hit some threes and Brown did a little of everything.

Rui Hachimura had a rough outing in his second game back from conjunctivitis.

The garbage time crew was bad. Brooks had Isaac Bonga playing PG, which seems an odd decision considering that’s a role that might have made sense for Brown, even late in a blowout. Bonga was fine as a garbage time PG.

Garrison Mathews launched 4 threes in just 9 minutes (he hit 1).

Anzejs Pasecniks was 1 offensive rebound and 1 assist from being a complete negative. In 6 minutes, he missed a three-point shot, and committed 5 turnovers and 2 fouls.

Four Factors

Below are the four factors that decide who wins and loses in basketball — shooting (efg), rebounding (offensive rebounding percentage), ball handling (turnovers), fouling (free throws made divided by field goal attempts).

Four Factors: Wizards at Timberwolves

4 FACTORS TIMBERWOLVES WIZARDS
4 FACTORS TIMBERWOLVES WIZARDS
EFG 0.551 0.640
OREB% 0.239 0.200
TOV% 0.191 0.153
FTM/FGA 0.136 0.180
PACE 105 105
ORTG 104 124

Player Production Average

Below are Player Production Average (PPA) results from last night’s game. PPA is my overall production metric, which credits players for things they do that help a team win (scoring, rebounding, play-making, defending) and dings them for things that hurt (missed shots, turnovers, bad defense, fouls). PPA is a per possession stat that includes accounting for defense. In PPA, 100 is average and higher is better.

PPA is a per possession stat. The table below is sorted by each player’s total contributions for the game.

Wizards PPA

WIZARDS MIN PPA +/-
WIZARDS MIN PPA +/-
Bradley Beal 28 325 23
Thomas Bryant 22 325 25
Deni Avdija 27 211 32
Raul Neto 22 234 16
Jerome Robinson 22 201 -5
Ish Smith 21 143 18
Davis Bertans 20 139 24
Robin Lopez 20 136 9
Troy Brown Jr. 14 95 5
Anthony Gill 5 223 -13
Rui Hachimura 19 37 11
Garrison Mathews 9 68 -14
Isaac Bonga 5 -158 -13
Anzejs Pasecniks 6 -613 -13

Timberwolves PPA

TIMBERWOLVES MIN PPA +/-
TIMBERWOLVES MIN PPA +/-
Naz Reid 24 158 4
Jordan McLaughlin 24 148 -4
Malik Beasley 26 129 -17
Jake Layman 15 140 -1
Juancho Hernangomez 14 118 -20
Jarred Vanderbilt 12 123 8
Ed Davis 16 83 -20
Ricky Rubio 25 27 -22
Jaden McDaniels 9 -55 14
Anthony Edwards 26 -20 -7
D'Angelo Russell 26 -43 -32
Jarrett Culver 21 -88 -8