Wizards lose again.
I wonder how many times this season we’ll be saying this; so far we’re at 16 times. Not to mention they’ve lost 22 of the last 26 to the Raptors.
Anyway...the Washington Wizards just can’t get the job done at home as they lose to the Toronto Raptors 137-115. Washington had 14 turnovers and shot 12-of-40 from three-point range that lead to their 22-point loss.
Five Wizards were in double figures combining for 86 points. Bradley Beal had 24 points, followed by Russell Westbrook with 23 and Rui Hachimura with 15. Robin Lopez came off the bench scoring 13 points. Head Coach Scott Brooks has been trying Alex Len in the starting center position lately as he had 11 points and five rebounds.
As for Toronto, they excelled from beyond the arc shooting 19-32, 49-93 overall. Norman Powell had a game-high 28 points followed by Pascal Siakam with 26 points. Kyle Lowry was on fire shooting 5-8 in three-point shooting.
Washington’s defense showed its true colors early as they allowed a 40-point first quarter to the Raptors and faltered in the fourth quarter being outscored 34-22. Throughout the game the Wizards spent more time arguing calls to the refs instead of getting back on defense leading to wide open shots for Toronto.
At the half the Wizards were down 13 and it didn’t help that Westbrook had four turnovers early on along with three fouls. Toronto has a habit of bringing out the worst in teams forcing turnovers, while Westbrook just does it naturally....incurring turnovers that is.
There’s were a lot of negatives in this game, but some positives are the fact Hachimura played amazing and deserves more touches. Lopez who was demoted to the bench led all Wizards reserves with his 13 points. Deni Avdija who has gone from a starter to a reserve was all over the court with nine points, seven rebounds and three assists.
No one still truly understands how Davis Bertans got the starting role, but we’ve been questioning Coach Brooks’ decision making all season long (you can insert the shrug emoji here).
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. See you then.