The Wizards lost their only home preseason game tonight 108-101 against the New York Knicks. There were some positives and a handful of negatives, so let’s take a look at some of each…
Good Nights For Beal and Webster
Third overall pick Bradley Beal and the veteran free-agent Martell Webster showed up in a big way tonight. Bradley Beal didn’t check into the game until late in the first quarter, but he helped lead a 22-0 run to start the second quarter. Beal finished with 15 points (4/9 FG), five rebounds, five assists, and only one turnover. He was active on both ends, moved without the ball on offense, and displayed his much-talked-about high basketball IQ.
Webster came off the bench behind fellow veteran Trevor Ariza, and thoroughly outplayed him. He came off the bench, attacked the rim, boxed out, and made open shots. On the night he finished with 12 points (4/6 FG) and ten rebounds.
More Of The Same From Jan Vesely and Jordan Crawford
Jan Vesely — the man of many fouls — picked up four fouls again tonight in his 24 minutes. That’s bad enough, but he just looked totally over-matched on the court. He couldn’t seem to box out and grab a rebound; he missed an open lay-up; and he seemed confused in half-court sets. We heard all about how much he had improved over the summer — and we saw some of it in the summer league — but he still looks like a high energy guy that has no basketball skill.
Starting at shooting guard, Jordan Crawford continued to look like the isolation-based player we’ve seen since he came to Washington. He led the team with 17 points and got off to a hot start when no one else could buy a basket in the first quarter. However, he and Jannero Pargo are both battling for the title of most shot-happy on the roster.
- For some reason, Brian Cook got playing time. He played fifteen minutes and actually connected on two line-drive 3-pointers.
- As we continue to monitor the point guard situation with John Wall out; Shelvin Mack got 6 minutes, A.J. Price started and got 19, and Jannero Pargo got 23.
- It’s clear that team basketball has to improve — better passing, more cutting, and moving without the ball. The team is without John Wall, Nene, Emeka Okafor, and Trevor Booker so it’s safe to assume that all of those things will improve when they return.
Wizards play next on Saturday night in Cleveland for their third preseason game.