Although Washington was able to score 158 points in their home opener, they also gave up 159. As spectacular as the offense was on Wednesday night, if the defense gives up that many points, it’s a cause for concern.
It doesn’t matter who is on the opposing team. James Harden, Giannis, LeBron, or Kawhi. As solid as Washington’s offense has been to start the season, it has not been enough to overcome the deficiencies on the defensive end.
In the last three games, including Saturday night’s game against Minnesota, Washington has given up an average of 138 points per game. That’s not a winning formula, and something that needs to be addressed moving forward.
On Saturday night against Minnesota, Washington struggled to find their rhythm on the offensive end. Minnesota got off to a great start, with 42 first quarter points.
Things did not get better for Washington in the second half, as the offense was only able to register 16 third quarter points. That cold stretch effectively ended the game, as Minnesota was able to outscore Washington 36-16 in the third quarter.
Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas expressed that although the Wizards were able to cut the lead to just four points, it can be difficult to finish off a game with out having the momentum initially.
“The game is so long, you can reverse that. We cut the lead to four at one point, and they went back up 20. When that happens, it’s tough. You waste all your energy to fight back. They played a hell of a game, so you got to tip your hat off to them. We can play better.” said Isaiah Thomas. “That was an embarrassing game for us. That should not happen again and we shouldn’t play so well that we should have beat the Houston Rockets the day before and then lose by 30 to the Minnesota Timberwolves without their best players. That’s definitely embarrassing. We gotta learn from that. We gotta be better, every player, every coach. We gotta be better.”
Bradley Beal had a solid offensive game, scoring 30 points. But the rest of the starting unit struggled to find the basket, shooting a combined 6 for 30.
With the loss to Minnesota, the Wizards fall to 1-3 on the season. Washington will look to bounce back on Monday, as they take on the Detroit Pistons.