Washington was able to get great contributions from Rui Hachimura and Troy Brown Jr. With the absence of Davis Bertans and Bradley Beal, Washington needs both to step up and they did.
Hachimura scored 21 points on an efficient 8 of 15 shooting from the field. Troy Brown Jr chipped in an efficient 15 points, on 6 for 11 shooting.
Jerome Robinson and Ish Smith gave Washington a huge boost offensively, scoring 20 and 17 points respectively.
When Washington is able to get contributions like that, they put themselves in a good position to win the game. But in Friday’s contest against the Phoenix Suns, that wasn’t the case. As a result of sloppy passing and defense.
Although Washington ended the game with just one more turnover and two more fouls than Phoenix, the majority of those errors seemed to have occurred in the first half. Or at the wrong moments, such as when Washington was trying to cut into Phoenix’s lead.
Washington struggled to play defense without fouling. This led to a 32-23 advantage from the free throw line for Phoenix.
Washington is known as an unselfish team on the offensive end. But the ball struggled to move side to side for Washington. resulting in just 18 assists for the Wizards. 18 assists to 18 turnovers, is not the assist to turnover ratio that you want as a basketball team.
The Wizards are back in action on Sunday as they take on the Brooklyn Nets. Tip off time for Sunday’s game will be at 2 pm. You can catch the game on NBC Sports Washington.
Brooklyn lost their first seeding game to the Orlando Magic on Friday July 31.
The schedule does not get easier for Washington moving forward. After Sunday’s game against Brooklyn, the team has upcoming games against the Pacers, Sixers, Pelicans, and Thunder.
It is crucial for Washington to get off to a great start against Brooklyn on Sunday.