Trae Young missed Friday night’s contest against the Washington Wizards due to illness. But when a star player can’t suit up, his teammates will often step in to pick up the slack.
That’s what Atlanta was able to get from Cam Reddish. Reddish scored a career high 28 points, on 11 for 17 shooting from the field. However, even with Reddish’s outstanding performance, Atlanta still had a difficult time hanging with the Wizards for long stretches of the game.
After a back and forth first quarter, Washington would go on to outscore Atlanta by 8 points in the second quarter, and 11 points in the third quarter. With Ish Smith missing Friday night’s game, Washington needed Jerome Robinson to step up. Robinson did just that, scoring 14 points and dishing out 5 assists.
Washington played at a steady pace offensively for most of the game. At one point, Washington had a 19 point lead. But uneven play in the fourth quarter allowed Atlanta to fight their way back into the game.
Luckily for Washington, they were able to make enough plays down the stretch to walk away with the win. A win is a win, but it was more difficult than it needed to be. With a double digit lead in the fourth quarter, Washington needs to do a better job with taking care of leads.
Beal continued his post All-Star Break hot streak on Friday. With a 35 point performance, Beal brought his scoring average up to 32.7 points per game for the month of March. After struggling from three for a stretch this season, Beal is currently shooting over 50% from the three point line in March.
The incredible part about Beal’s three point shooting this month is volume. Beal is attempting 8.7 threes per game. On Friday, Beal shot 7 for 10 from beyond the three point line.
Washington was the more aggressive team, shooting 25 free throws compared to Atlanta’s 12. Although Washington was outscored 56-38 in the paint, good things happen when you are aggressive on the offensive end.
What’s next for the Wizards
The Wizards will be back in action on Sunday night, as they take on the Miami Heat at Capital One Arena. With Friday’s win, the Wizards are currently 4 games out of the final playoff spot.
Washington will also host the New York Knicks on March 10 before traveling to Boston for a match up with the Celtics on March 13.