The Wizards started off the game slow and a blowout looked imminent. That feeling would slowly start to fade away as the Wizards cut into the lead. The lead was down to 10 in the third quarter and the game was eventually tied late in the fourth. The Wizards, similarly to the Bulls game, would not be able to finish off their opponent late as the Raptors won in nail-biting fashion.
Ish Smith was on FIRE
Ish Smith helped pick the Wizards up during their slow start in the first quarter to keep them competitive. Smith had 26 points, shooting a perfect 9-for-9 from the field. This is no surprise as Smith has been a consistent spark plug for the Wizards off of the bench all season. It will be exciting to see Ish Smith backup John Wall with their similar fast pace styles.
Bradley Beal showed up
Bradley Beal had 37 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. He was aggressive and got his shots off and when Beal is doing that the Wizards will have a chance to win games. Beal shot 50-percent from the field and hit some big shots late. It’s a shame that the Wizards couldn’t close late once again after a good performance from Beal.
Questionable coaching decision
The Wizards came back and cut the lead down to two with the lineup of Smith, Beal, Brown Jr., Schofield, and Bertans. Troy Brown Jr. picked up his fifth foul with 5 minutes left to play and was replaced with Isaiah Thomas. The Wizards then went down by as many as 6 points and would go on to lose. Was it a mistake to put Troy Brown on the bench and give up length and his rebounding ability? I’m sure the rest of the fan-base will have plenty to say about that.
The Wizards take on the 76ers on Friday to try and get back in the win column.