The Wizards will look to get back in the win column on Monday night as they take on the Detroit Pistons. Washington has shown promise on the offensive end so far this season.
However, the team has struggled on the defensive end in 3 of their first 4 games. This was evident in their games last week against Houston and Minnesota, where they gave up 159 and 131 points, respectively.
The Detroit Pistons have a record of 3-4 and are led by Andre Drummond, who is currently averaging 22.1 points and 18.7 rebounds per game. Drummond has put together three consecutive games in which he has tallied at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.
Derrick Rose has been a great 6th man for Detroit, averaging 20.8 points and 6.3 assists per game. Rose has also been very efficient from the field, shooting 56 percent.
If Washington is going to win Monday night’s contest, they need to get off to a better start than they did on Saturday. A slow start against the Timberwolves put the Wizards in an early hole they were not able to climb out of.
With defense being an issue for Washington, it is important for the team to find their offensive rhythm early. That might mean putting Isaiah Thomas in the starting lineup. Thomas is averaging 16 points and 7.3 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from long range.
Having a player who can stretch the floor and score alongside Bradley Beal may give Washington the offensive boost that they need to start the game well.