Facing a Los Angeles Clippers team with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George is a tough task for any team in the NBA. Even if it’s in a scrimmage where players are still working to get their rhythm back.
The Wizards were without Troy Brown Jr tonight, after he suffered a thumb injury in practice. Without Troy Brown Jr available, Washington was going to need others to step up in order to make this a competitive game.
That is exactly what happened. Five different players for Washington scored in double figures. Rui Hachimura continued his strong play in Orlando with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Ish Smith scored 12 points off the bench, with a few of those points being spectacular finishes around the basket.
However, the stand out performance of the night in my opinion was Issac Bonga. Bonga scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The 15 points was great, but the 12 rebounds stood out. His 12 rebounds led the way for Washington in the rebounding department. I didn’t notice he grabbed that many rebounds, until a graphic showing his stats popped up.
Bonga was also aggressive on the offensive end, getting to the free throw line 9 times. Washington shot 36 free throws to Los Angeles’s 26, and Bonga played a huge role in that.
What hurt the Wizards
Despite getting to the free throw line 36 times, Washington was only able to connect on 20 attempts. Los Angeles actually shot worse from the free throw line than Washington (12 for 26), but they made up for that by hitting 39.5% of their three pointers.
Washington struggled from the field the entire night, shooting 35.6% from the field and 25.8% from the three point line.
This was a competitive game because the Wizards dominated the glass (63 to 47), to go along with 22 offensive rebounds. This led to second chance opportunities and combine that with the free throw attempts, Washington was able to lead by 12 at one point.
But in the fourth quarter, Washington struggled to get stops on the defensive end. Los Angeles outscored Washington 29 to 16 in the fourth quarter, and won by the score of 105-100.
The Wizards will be back in action on Monday July 27 as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers. Los Angeles is currently 1-1 in scrimmage play, with their last game being a 119-112 win over the Orlando Magic.
This will be the final scrimmage game for Washington, before the regular season resumes for the team on July 31. Monday’s game will be at 3:00 pm.