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.
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.
- 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.
The Wizards bench has been a mess so far through the first nine games of the season. Whether it’s blowing leads built up by the starters, a stagnant offense, or the inability to score; it’s all been on display during an upsetting start to the season.
However, there has been one constant, and it’s Tomas Satoransky. The 25-year old rookie has played well so far for the Wizards averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 assists in his 18 minutes off the bench.
The stage doesn’t seem to be too big for Satoransky evidenced by his 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio and ability to step into the starting lineup when called upon against the Magic and Bulls. He’s been one of the only bright spots off the bench for the Wizards and will need to elevate his game even more if the Wizards are going to right the ship and start winning games again.
It all starts with his scoring. As we’ve seen, he is most comfortable in the offense when the ball is in his hands and he’s making plays for others.
However, he has made just 18 field goals this season, with 12 of those coming from the 0-9 foot range. He does most of his scoring from close in and prefers going left while rising up for a floater in the lane or making a cut off the ball on a play like this:
Outside of the paint, Satoransky has been much less of a threat. He’s shooting only 6-19 on shots 10 feet or further from the basket. Defenses know this so they tend to lag off on him when he’s standing out on the perimeter.
If the Wizards bench is going to bust out of this slump, it’s going to have to start with Satoransky. As mentioned, he has no problem setting up his teammates, now he just needs to be more of a scoring threat. Far too often Satoransky’s defender goes under the screen or just leaves him wide open. Since he hasn’t developed much of a shot, he’ll either miss the wide-open look or worse, pass it up altogether and dish the ball to one of his more trigger-happy teammates.
On Saturday against the Bulls, Satoransky took a step in the right direction with his aggression. He attempted a season-high 12 shots, and although he only made four of them, he had the right idea taking more shots outside the paint to try to keep the defense honest.
For the Wizards bench to break out of this slump, they’ll need the aggressive Satoransky from the Chicago game to show up on a nightly basis. It’s important that he continue to set his teammates up, but he also needs to improve his shot as he’s the best and most important player on the Wizards bench at the moment.
The backcourt is ready to go
Tomas Satoransky is as good as advertised
Andrew Nicholson looks like the best free agent signing so far
Kelly Oubre has looked great, but proceed with caution
Breaking old habits is hard
What to watch for
Otto Porter vs. Carmelo Anthony
Can Tomas Satoransky continue his excellent play?
Can Kelly Oubre Jr. continue scoring at a high level?
It was only the preseason, but the Wizards looked unimpressive in their loss to the Heat, 106-95. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Wizards in scoring with 16 points followed by Trey Burke with 14 to go along with 12 from Bradley Beal.
This was sort of what you’d expect from a team’s first preseason game. Poor defense, sluggishness, it was all on display for the Wizards tonight. The Heat jumped out to a 35-22 lead after the first quarter on 65% shooting and the Wizards were never able to claw back within single digits.
The Heat would coast to victory with the Wizards never getting the lead lower than 11, 106-95 (the final score).
Let’s overreact after one preseason game, shall we?
Tomas Satoransky looks like the real deal: The rookie played the most minutes of any Wizard tonight, 31, and was also the most impressive Wizard on the floor tonight. Satoransky finished the night with eight points, five rebounds, and six assists. He looked very composed, had some nice cuts to the basket for easy finishes, and was able to get to the free-throw line. He also showed that he’s more than capable of running the pick-and-roll.
Overall, a very solid debut for Satoransky.
Where’s the Defense?
Yes, it’s just the preseason, but the defense the Wizards played tonight looked very similar to last year’s. The Wizards had issues guarding the lane evidenced as they surrendered 26 points in the paint in just the first quarter. Rotations were slow, and the Heat got too many open looks making the Wizards pay as they shot 55 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range.
Bradley Beal looks fine:
Beal played for just 16 minutes tonight but was very effective scoring 12 points on 5-9 shooting and knocking down his only three-point attempt. There were some question marks regarding Bradley Beal’s health after he suffered a mild concussion just a week ago in training camp but that didn’t seem to bother him. Beal looked comfortable in the mid-range, from three-point range, and also in the pick-and-roll. Very good showing from the $128 Million dollar man.
The Wizards take on the 76ers in Philadelphia on Thursday night.