Pistons at Wizards Final Score: Washington uses 17-0 third quarter run to blow out Detroit, 109-91

Washington overpowered Detroit this evening outscoring them 35-15 as they’d run away and beat the Pistons, 109-91. In a bounce-back game, Markieff Morris led the Wizards with 23 points while Otto Porter and Tomas Satoransky added 17 points each.

With the lead seesawing back and forth for most of the first half, Washington took control with a 17-0 run in the third quarter and never looked back.

Five players scored in double figures for Washington as they drop Detroit for the second time this season.

Takeaways

Big third quarter propels Wizards

Washington was flawless in the third quarter.

After trailing 52-46 at halftime, the Wizards started the third period on a 17-0 run to regain the lead, 63-52. It started on the defensive end as Washington turned Detroit over three times early on, many of the ‘turnovers leading to touchdowns’ variety. The Wizards were able to keep Andre Drummond off of the offensive glass and forced Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris into some very tough shots.

Washington outscored Detroit 35-15 in the third period, which propelled them to the blowout victory.

Bounce back game for Morris

Tonight was by far, Markieff Morris’ best game of the season. Morris hasn’t looked like himself recently as he battles back from a sports hernia. But tonight, he shook that off for a game-high 23 points on 10-16 shooting including going 2-3 from three-point range.

Morris got cooking early for the Wizards connecting on his first four field goals for nine quick points. Washington made it a priority to get the big man involved as they ran the first two plays of the game through him. Morris connected on two shots in the midrange which has become his bread and butter but also knocked down a three-pointer early on to get his confidence up.

Obviously, it helps that his shooting was on tonight but in addition, his aggressiveness on the offensive glass and attacking the hole also played a big role in his bounce-back performance.

We officially have a backup point guard battle

Tomas Satoransky was outstanding tonight.

The second-year player scored a career-high 17 points on 5-6 shooting including two three-pointers late in the game for the Wizards. He dished out four assists to go along with a steal but most importantly, didn’t commit a turnover this evening.

Satoransky and Frazier both played 23 minutes tonight and we officially have an open battle for the backup point guard position.

Game Notes

  • Marcin Gortat notched his 7th double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Avery Bradley gave Bradley Beal fits for most of the night but here; Beal got the best of him.

  • The bench turned in another solid performance combining for 41 points. 
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Wizards vs. Pistons final score: Washington holds off late Detroit charge for 115-111 win

Otto Porter led Washington with 28 points as the Wizards held off a late surge from Pistons to win 115-111 on Friday night.

Washington led by as many as 15 points at the 10:15 mark of the fourth quarter. But the Pistons regained the lead 104-102 with less than five minutes to go in the game after an extended 21-4 run.

Both teams struggled with sloppy play in the closing minutes, but John Wall knocked down two free-throws with one second left to ice the game as the Wizards would hang on for the win at home.

It wasn’t pretty, but Washington is now 2-0 on this young season.

Takeaways

Otto Porter has a huge first half

Porter turned in one of the best halves of his career with 20 points on 9-13 shooting in the first half. He did most of his scoring in the midrange, slashing to the hole, and was the beneficiary of passes from Wall and Tim Frazier which led to easy dunks.

But it wasn’t just on the offensive end. To no one’s surprise, Porter was engaged on the defensive end (a rarity among Washington players in the first half) and forced three steals.

Many were split on if Porter deserved a max deal this offseason. Performances like this one show why he’s worth it.

Washington has a big third quarter but can’t pull away

Washington outscored the Pistons 33-16 in the third quarter including going 5-6 from three-point range. After a fairly quiet first half, both John Wall and Bradley Beal were able to get going offensively as the duo combined for 18 points in the period. The Wizards picked things up defensively and outrebounded the Pistons by nine in the quarter as well.

The bench was good enough tonight

The bench teased us a bit in the Philadelphia game but they were only so-so tonight. Kelly Oubre was promoted to a starter with Smith out due to injury which made an already thin bench, that much thinner. The reserves combined for just nine points through the first 24 minutes and were outscored 38 to 22 by their Detroit counterparts for the game.

Tim Frazier was brought in to backup Wall but looks pretty gun shy about his role with the team so far. Frazier is looking to get guys set up which is good but is a non-threat offensively as he rarely even looks at the rim. The Wizards are going to need more from Frazier as the season progresses.

After seeing all-bench lineups struggle against the 76ers on Wednesday night, Brooks always kept at least one starter on the floor tonight.

Oubre stays within himself in starting role

Many were quick to say that Kelly Oubre had ‘arrived’ after a terrific first game of the season against Philly. However, Oubre was mostly a non-factor tonight in his first start of the season, but that’s OK. He played within himself and didn’t force anything that wasn’t there. He made up for it as he was good enough defensively on a night where his shot wasn’t there.

Outside shooting is still quiet

Three-point shooting remains a mystery for this squad. Washington attempted just 14 three-point attempts tonight connecting on only six, with five coming in the third quarter. Keep an eye out for this as the Wizards were shooting threes at a much higher rate last season.

More stuff

John Wall worked on his step-back jumper this offseason. We could tell.

The Wizards opted to wear their red uniforms instead of their home whites. They’ll be doing that more this season now that the NBA allows for more flexibility with how teams use their uniforms. They’ll break them out again on November 3 when the Cavaliers come to town.

Next up: The Wizards kick off a four-game road trip with a game in Denver on Monday at 9 p.m.

Wizards vs. Pistons final score: Washington’s comeback falls short in 113-112 loss

Marcus Morris tipped in a Tobias Harris miss in the final second that thwarted theWizards’ 16-point fourth quarter comeback and lifted the Pistons to a 113-112 victory.

The Wizards connected on four of their first six shots to start the game, but after that they went cold from the field including a four minute stretch towards the end of the first quarter where they didn’t score a field goal.

Washington never really got things going in the second quarter as the Pistons took a 61-55 lead into halftime.

After the Wizards trimmed the lead to three early in the second half, the Pistons used a 13-3 run to stretch the lead out to 74-61. It looked like it just wasn’t going to be the Wizards’ night.

Trailing by 16 entering the fourth quarter, the Wizards flipped the switch. After trading buckets for most of the third quarter, they started stringing together some stops. Trey Burke andJason Smith hit some big shots early in the fourth quarter as the Wizards went on an 11-2 run to cut the lead down to seven as the starters re-entered the game for the final stretch.

With under two minutes to play, Andre Drummond fell down at the most inopportune time as Wall found Morris for an alley-oop that gave the Wizards a 110-109 lead. A minute later, after forcing a Pistons miss, Wall found Beal in transition as he went up for a dunk and took a nasty fall. Beal picked himself up and calmly knocked down the free throws to give the Wizards a 112-111 lead.

Then, with just seconds to play, Detroit ran a play where Reggie Jackson swung the ball to Tobias Harris, who drove baseline and missed, only to have Marcus Morris tip the ball in as time expired.

Seven Wizards players scored in double figures tonight led by John Wall and Markieff Morris with 19 points apiece. Here’s what else we noticed in the loss:

Fourth Quarter Comeback

The Wizards looked dead in the water entering the fourth quarter as they trailed by 16. You couldn’t blame Brooks if he opted to rest the starters the rest of the game. But after the bench trimmed the lead back to seven, he brought the starters back in for the final stretch.

The Wizards got stops when they needed to, turned the Pistons over four times in the period, and hit their free-throws down the stretch. The Wizards outscored the Pistons 30-15 in the period, but unfortunately, they were outscored by 16 in the other three quarters.

Smith and Oubre continue to provide a spark

Jason Smith and Kelly Oubre continued their consistency off the bench tonight. Smith came in and drilled a corner three late in the first quarter to stop a 9-0 Pistons run. He knocked down another three from that same corner later in the half en route to 10 first half points on 4-6 shooting. He finished with 16 points for the night.

Oubre did what he does best and turned defense into offense. Right when he checked in, Oubre stole a pass and turned it into an easy dunk on the other end. He did the same to start the second quarter. He finished the night with 11 points.

Bradley Beal stays cold

Outside of layups and dunks, Beal couldn’t get much else going. Beal scored 17 points, but only connected on just four of his 15 field goal attempts and was 0-7 on threes. The Pistons bothered Beal at times, but many of his shots were wide-open. He curled off screens, used Gortat on dribble hand-offs, but nothing seemed to get Beal going and you could see it all night long in his body language.

With pivotal games coming games coming up against the Hornets, Celtics, and Hawks; Beal has to find a way to get back into a rhythm soon.

A way too early ranking of the Eastern Conference

Last week we took a look at how the teams stack up early in the Southeast Division.

Now let’s see how the entire Eastern Conference stacks up now that free agency is in the rearview mirror.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs just won the championship. Cleveland just re-signed LeBron James to a three-year deal. Not much else to discuss here. Let’s keep moving.

2. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are here by default. After making their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in team history, the Raptors are looking to build on that momentum to carry them even further. They re-signed All-Star DeMar DeRozan to a five-year $145 million dollar year to keep the dynamic backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeRozan intact.

Bismack Biyombo played out of his mind during the playoffs earning him a large payday but with the Orlando Magic. Many think that Biyombo’s departure could potentially set the Raptors back. I disagree. Biyombo is a backup center and a rim protector. He averaged 5.5 points and eight rebounds during the regular season but those numbers jumped 6.2 points and 9.4 rebounds during the postseason. Biyombo is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end but is very limited on the offensive end. He’s a classic energy guy who happened to explode on a national stage at the right time. Yes, they’ll miss his defensive presence and shot-blocking; it’s just, I don’t think that’s enough to set the entire team back.

The Raptors replaced Biyombo with the acquisition of Jared Sullinger. As a starter last season, Sullinger averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Celtics. However this year, he’s expected to come off of the bench for the Raptors. Sullinger’s playing style is the opposite of Biyombo. Sullinger is shorter in stature but throws his weight around to gain position in the paint. Sullinger can stretch the floor and is effective in doing so as he shot 44.1 percent from shots 5-9 feet from the basket and 44.9 percent on shots 20-24 feet from the hoop.

He isn’t a great three-point shooter but is capable of knocking them down as he shot a modest 28.2 percent from distance last season which is better than most centers.

The Raptors did what they had to do to stay at the top of the Eastern Conference. They may not scare Cleveland, but keeping DeRozan and other key players intact will make them a force to be reckoned with next season.

3. Boston Celtics

The Celtics return four of their five starters from last season. They upgraded at the center position in acquiring Al Horford to fill the void left by Jared Sullinger. Although Horford is 30 years old, the former All-Star is an instant upgrade over Sullinger as he averaged more points (15.2), shot better from the field (50.5 percent), and shot better from three-point range (34.4 percent).

Plug in rookie Jaylen Brown and now the Celtics have another long wing to go alongside Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, and Gerald Green.

Additionally, according to ESPN.com, the Celtics are projected to have the easiest schedule in the league next season.

This team still lacks an “alpha dog” as I don’t believe Isaiah Thomas has reached that level yet. However, they still have a very good roster and one of the top coaches in the NBA. The arrow continues to point up for this team.

4. Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers didn’t get much publicity but positioned themselves very well for next season. The Pacers upgraded at point guard acquiring Indianapolis native Jeff Teague from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade. Teague and Hill shot almost identical shooting percentages from three-point range and from the field, however,Teague averaged more points (15.7) and assists (5.9).

Us Wizards fans know that Ian Mahinmi is now gone from the Pacers. The Pacers seem very pleased and confident to move forward with second-year player Myles Turner at center and they also signed a Swiss Army Knife player in Thaddeus Young.

The Pacers secured up the center position with Al Jefferson and it’s very clear that Paul George is back to his superstar ways. The Pacers do have a new coach in Nate McMillan to get used to, however; this team looks poised to take a step forward after getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

5. Detroit Pistons

The Pistons bring back essentially the same roster that they had last season after re-signing All-Star center Andre Drummond. In somewhat of an under the radar move, the Pistons acquired Boban Marjanovic from the Spurs to play the backup center position. He is still somewhat of an unknown as he didn’t get too much playing time in San Antonio, however, he’s coming from the best culture in the NBA and will practice against one of the best centers in the NBA in Andre Drummond.

Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris will now have the entire offseason to get acclimated with the team rather than learning on the fly in just 30 games prior to the postseason. The Pistons have a nice core of players and young guys such as Stanley Johnson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who should continue to get better with time.

Expect a big step forward from the Pistons this season.

6. Charlotte Hornets

The losses of Jeremy Lin, Al Jefferson and Courtney Lee sting; No doubt about it. But as Kemba Walker enters his sixth NBA season, I feel that he’s on the verge of a breakout year. Walker scored a career-best 20.9 points last season. After getting snubbed from the All-Star game, Walkers’ numbers ballooned to 25.2 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.6 rebounds in the three weeks afterward. Walker has had his superstar moments evidenced by his 52-point game against the Jazz last season. We’ve seen Walker perform at All-Star levels in stretches; now’s the time where he does it for an entire season.

Outside of Walker, the Hornets kept many key guys intact by re-signing Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still around along with young, fresher guys in Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, and Jeremy Lamb to round out the roster. That’s enough to make the Hornets the early favorites to win the Southeast division.

7. Washington Wizards

The Wizards return their starting five (after the All-Star game) from last season. The big X-factor this season will be Bradley Beal. Will he stay healthy? That’s the $128 million dollar question. Although he feels his injury woes are behind him, the elephant in the room will remain until Beal proves that he can stay healthy as the four-year player averages just 62 games played per season in his short four-year career.

Another uncertainty for the Wizards is Otto Porter’s development. He has continued to develop over the past three seasons, however if the Wizards are going to be relevant in the playoff race again, they’ll need Porter to take yet another step forward. He needs to continue to increase his scoring as the front office is all in on him and Kelly Oubre at the small forward position.

John Wall on the mend from knee surgery and Bradley Beal’s health are a constant question mark, so if Porter can take on more of a scoring load for this team early; that will pay dividends down the road.

8. Miami Heat

Let me preface this by saying this ranking assumes Chris Bosh DOESN’T play next season.

The Heat lost key players in Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and Joe Johnson to free agency. That hurts. The team will now be counting on Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and up and comer Justice Winslow to carry the torch for this team.

The Heat should be just fine defensively as Eric Spoelstra is known for his defensive schemes however the offense is another question. Hassan Whiteside is limited offensively, the team replaced Wade with Dion Waiters, but will count on Goran Dragic to carry the scoring load. Dragic has averaged 20 points for a season just once in his career and if the Heat are going to be competitive this year, he’ll need to do that again.

The wildcard here is Chris Bosh. As mentioned, Bosh has been dealing with blood clots over the past two years causing him to miss 67 games over the past two seasons. If Bosh is cleared to play and can stay healthy, that should be enough for the Heat to make the playoffs. If he can’t, the Heat will probably be on the outside looking in.

9. Chicago Bulls

Will the Bulls make any three-pointers next year? It can be assumed that Rondo, Wade, and Butler will be starting at the point guard, shooting guard, and small forward positions. None of them shoot threes very well. That leaves Nikola Mirotic, the team’s power forward, as the Bulls’ best three-point option.

10. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks lost Jeff Teague and Al Horford in the offseason. Yes, they signed Dwight Howard but he has proven that he’s not the easiest teammate to play with. In addition, Dennis Schroder will now be counted on to lead this team. There’re too many unknowns right now. Expect the Hawks to fall out of the playoffs.

11. New York Knicks

Derrick Rose was right. The Knicks did form a “Super-Team”…… if the year was 2011. The Knicks should have an improved record now that there’s more talent surrounding Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. It’s just the players they signed in Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Courtney Lee are injury prone or are already past their prime.

12. Milwaukee Bucks

I thought the Bucks would break out last year but they didn’t. They have youth, size, athleticism, and a good coach (so we think). They fooled me last year. Now I need to see the improvement to believe it.

13. Orlando Magic

The Magic added size and athleticism in the offseason. Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka are good players; however, scoring is not their strong suit. Scoring for this team will be difficult.

14. Philadelphia 76ers

They went 10-72 last season and drafted the preseason favorite for rookie of the year in Ben Simmons. Can only go up from here, right?

15. Brooklyn Nets

Close your eyes Nets’ fans.

Recap: Wizards lose to Pistons 112-99, eliminated from postseason play.

Reggie Jackson scores 39 points as the Pistons beat the Wizards, 112-99. With the loss, there will officially be no postseason basketball for the Wizards. On the flip side, the Pistons clinched a playoff birth with the win.

The Pistons jumped on the Wizards knocking down their first six three-pointers to take an early 26-16 lead. The Pistons would shoot 7-9 from range in the first quarter with Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson combining for 27 points in the period as the Pistons led 39-25 after one.

Marcin Gortat looked like he would have his way again with Andre Drummond early. But Reggie Jackson found Drummond for an alley-oop midway through the second quarter which got the big man going.

The Wizards had an answer as Ramon Sessions did most of his scoring in the second quarter taking advantage of an older and slower Steve Blake. The Wizards were able to cut the lead to 7, 62-55 at halftime.

Marfieff Morris hit his first three-pointer of the third quarter. That’s where the Keef takeover began. Morris scored 20 points in the third quarter on a combination of jump shots, finishes around the rim, and getting to the free throw line. Morris cut the Pistons lead to two 86-84 on a half-court heave as time expired.

The Wizards regained the lead 87-86 on a Bradley Beal free throw but that was short lived. Reggie Jackson would take over in the fourth quarter with 14 points as the Wizards started playing “hero-ball” without a point guard to get into any set plays.

With just over two minutes to play, Reggie Jackson would hit a floater over Gortat and get fouled to ice the game.

Wizards lose 112-99. There will be no playoff basketball this year for the Wizards.

Detroit gets hot from three-point range: The Pistons went 14 of 32 from three point range tonight including 7-9 in the first quarter. Tobias Harris, Wizards Killer nominee, knocked down his first three three-pointers while Reggie Jackson also connected on his first three three-pointers. The Pistons would spread the wealth as six players knocked down three-pointers tonight.

Big third quarter from Markieff Morris: The Wizards scored 29 points in the third quarter tonight; Markieff Morris had 20 of them. The whole repertoire was on display as Morris was hitting threes, mid-range jumpers, and was getting to the line. Tobias Harris had no answer for Morris in the third quarter which was the main reason the Wizards were competitive in the second half.

Wizards have no answer for Reggie Jackson: Reggie Jackson was terrific tonight scoring 39 points on 14-20 shooting to go along with his nine assists. Sessions, Beal, and Temple all took turns guarding Jackson tonight but none of them could slow him down. He burned them for three (4-5) when Wizards defenders went under the screens and would drive to the hole when Wizards’ defenders went over the screens. John Wall might have slowed him down a bit but overall, it was just a great all around performance from Jackson.

Wizards blowout Pistons 124-81, snap five game losing streak.

Seven Wizards players scored in double figures led by Nene with 20 as the Wizards smoke the Pistons 124-81, ending a five game losing streak.

John Wall logged his 39th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 assists. And Bradley Beal played well in his first game back after injuring his pelvic bone scoring 12 points.

This one was over early. The Wizards dominated the first quarter 34-15. The Pistons couldn’t buy a bucket whereas the Wizards were playing loosey goosey. John Wall threw this nifty pass behind his back to Gortat for an easy layup as this was that kind of night.

The Wizards led 60-39 at halftime and the lead never dipped under 20 again. The Wizards were able to play the bench the entire fourth quarter and rookie Kelly Oubre was the beneficiary.

Wizards win 124-81 in a blowout snapping their five game losing streak.

First quarter domination: This game was over after the first quarter. The Wizards led 34-15 after one and that was just the beginning. The Wizards were playing loose, making the extra pass, and knocking down three pointers. They sure didn’t look like a team in the midst of a have game losing streak. Wall and Gortat got going early and that set the tone for the rest of the squad.

Nene plays his best game of the season: I’ve been hard on the big man recently but Nene proved me wrong tonight. The big man led the Wizards in scoring with 20 points on 8-9 shooting. Additionally, he was 4-4 from the free throw line. Nene didn’t have the toughest matchup as Aron Baynes was guarding him for a majority of the game but regardless, he took advantage of his opportunity. If only Nene could turn in games like this on a regular basis.

Top Wizards Killers of the 2014-15 Season

Wizards Killer: An average or slightly above average NBA player who has mind-boggling, statistically great games against the Wizards.  Doesn’t matter if this player is in a slump or on a bad team, he is almost sure to have a big game against the Wizards.  In fact, if this player played against the Wizards 82 times a year, they would no doubt be in the MVP conversation.

Does this type of player really exist?  Absolutely.  Here are the three players who have been crushing the Wizards this year.

3.  Kentatavious Caldwell-Pope – Caldwell-Pope is currently in his second year out of the University of Georgia.  Coming out of college, the scouting report on him was that he was a volume scorer on a bad team and an elite perimeter defender because of his size (6’5 with a 6’8 wingspan).  Since he played for a terrible college team, was his team that bad and he shined above them all or was it one of those “great players on a bad team” instances?

He has been pretty solid this year and is turning out to be one of the better players coming out of the 2013 draft.  He’s currently averaging 12.1 points and 3.1 rebounds on an improving Pistons team who figured out momentarily how to win once Josh Smith left town.

Caldwell-Pope is averaging 17 points when he laces up against the Wiz including 20 and 26 point games.  Not only is his scoring up 4.9 points when he plays the against the Wizards, his three point field goal percentage increases, significantly. Caldwell-Pope shoots a solid 34.5% from three point land against all teams not named the Wizards. Against the Wiz, this skyrockets to 44.3% from long range.  In addition, Caldwell-Pope averages 1.9 made three pointers as a season average.  He’s knocked down 3.66 threes per game against the Wiz including going 6-13 from long range against the team on 2/22.

Is this because the Wizards don’t guard the three very well? Maybe.  Is it because the Wiz don’t have a super athletic wing defender? Probably.  Whatever it is, whenever Caldwell-Pope sees the Wizards, someone better lock him down.

2.  Aaron Brooks – The Wizards have always struggled against small point guards.  The main reason is that they are not very good at guarding the pick-and-roll.  Aaron Brooks and the Chicago big men are great at executing the pick-and-roll on offense.  This is bad news for the Wizards.

Aaron Brooks is not afraid to shoot the ball and his light is neon green now that Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler are out for the Bulls.  The Wizards have a tough time containing Brooks for a variety of reasons.  He can shoot it from deep if the defender goes under the screen or he can drive right by the Washington bigs if his defender goes over the screen; pick your poison.

Brooks’ stats are skewed a bit since he spent a majority of the season coming off the bench but regardless, he brings it every single time against the Wizards.  Brooks averages 10.8 points against all other NBA teams but averages 14.8 points per game against the Wizards.  Might I add, he came off of the bench in 3 out of 4 of those games.  Most recently, he scored 22 points and dished out eight assists in their matchup on 3/3.

Additionally, Brooks averages 2.8 assists per game but that jumps to 4.8 when playing the Wiz.  Remember, Brooks is a shoot first point guard too.

The Bulls are kind of an unknown since they’ve been hit brutally hard by the injury bug this season.  Even though there is a budding rivalry between the two teams, I don’t know how comfortable Wizards fans would feel going up against the Bulls in the playoffs.  Then again, there’s no matchup right now that’s favorable for the Wiz.  Let’s stay away from the Bulls if possible, we don’t need Aaron Brooks tearing us up for 25 a game.

1.  Last but not least, the biggest Wizards Killer of them all this year………. Lou Williams.

I don’t know if he’s getting hype on Drake songs before the game or what:

Lou Williams torches the Wizards every time they play and the 2014-2015 season is no different.  Williams is averaging 15.2 points per game which is 3.4 higher than his career average 11.8.  Against the Wizards this year, Lou is averaging 19.6 points.  Not only that, his field goal percentage, three point field goal percentage, and number of threes made per game are up when Lou Williams plays the Wizards.

Keep in mind, these are all minutes off the bench.  When Kyle Lowry missed a couple of games, Grevis Vasquez started.  When DeMar DeRozan was out at the beginning of the year, Vasquez got his minutes.  What’s more impressive is that Williams is putting up these career highs in just 24.7 minutes per game.

So why does he torch the Wizards all the time?  First off, he’s good.  Also, he has a matchup advantage whenever he’s on the court against the Wizards and takes full advantage.  He and Vazquez are the reserve guards for the Raptors and both players can play either the point guard or shooting guard positions.  Since Lou is the 6th man, he comes in midway through the first quarter.  At the time, the Wizards hadn’t been shuffling their lineup so most of the starters were still in.  Either Beal or Pierce had the duty to lock Lou down.  Williams is a volume shooter.  He’s averaging 14.3 shots against the Wizards this season.  It doesn’t matter who is guarding him, he is going to get his shots up.

Things would take a bad turn when the Wizards substitute in their second unit.  At the time, Andre Miller was still with the team and had to guard Lou as this made the most sense matchup wise due to his size.  As we know, Andre Miller can’t stay in front of his man.  By the time the team would switch a different player onto Lou, he would already be in a groove.

You don’t score 4.4 more points per game and increase your shooting percentage from 40% to 48.5% against a team by accident.  Put an average to below average defender on a volume scorer and things can get ugly, quick.

The numbers don’t lie, Wizards Killers are real.  Fortunately, the team is capable of keeping these players in check from time to time (Honorary mention: Gerald Henderson). It’s looking like we are either going to see Brooks or Williams in the first round of the playoffs.  Let’s just hope they don’t drop 20 a night.