Well, that was fun to watch. As expected, the Washington Wizards beat the depleted Minnesota Timberwolves with ease. They’ll meet the Chicago Bulls tomorrow night. But for now, here are tonight’s Bullet Points:
- Rubio just couldn’t handle John Wall tonight. There were sequences in which Wall left Rubio in the dust, which lead to easy layups or open lanes for Wall’s teammates. He put Rubio on ice skates tonight. Wall made his first start tonight, scoring 14 points and 5 assists in just 21 minutes of play. He held Ricky Rubio to just 1 for 8 shooting.
- Kirilenko is a player which Jan Vesely should try to mirror. They’re both long and capable of defending both forward positions, except ‘AK-47′ is able to knock down his open jump shots. If Vesely learns to hit open jump shots, there’s no reason why his game shouldn’t reflect Kirlilenko’s.
- Washington gave up 22 offensive rebounds tonight. That’s unacceptable, especially since the Wolves were missing Kevin Love. Nene has never had a reputation of a great rebounder, so other guys like Martell Webster and even the guards, need to do a better job in helping out with the rebounds. Derrick Williams, who was invisible for the majority of the game, ended up with 11 rebounds for the night.
- Webster and Bradley Beal were fantastic tonight. With John Wall starting, both of them were open in the perimeter, as the Wolves were forced to collapse on Wall during his penetration. There were times where the Wolves looked like they were blatantly leaving them open, which was obviously a terrible idea. They hit a combined of four three pointers on nine attempts.
- Beal’s wrist certainly didn’t bother him tonight. To say he was aggressive tonight, would be an understatement. Beal finished with 16 points and FOUR BLOCKS (!!!). One of his blocks were very John Wall-ish, as he chased down Luke Ridnour and pinned it off the glass. It bothered his wrist a bit, but he turned out to be fine. When asked about the back court after the game, John Wall said something to the extent of “We’re going to have one of the best back courts in the NBA.” Yes, yes we are John.
- It’s difficult to think of a Wizard who played bad tonight, but Kevin Seraphin sticks out like a sore thumb. In just FIFTEEN MINUTES, Seraphin managed to foul out of tonight’s game. That’s terrible. Not to mention, Seraphin continues to settle for that awful fifteen foot jumpshot, which he clearly struggles to make. I honestly can’t figure out why Seraphin has been regressing so much as of late.
- There wasn’t much to the game after the first half. John Wall and the rest of the starters were done for the night, and as a result, Chris Singleton and Garrett Temple played for the first time in quite a while. Vesely had a decent game off the bench. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Vesely actually looks like an NBA player with John Wall and crew on the floor.
- Here is tonight’s box score.
Washington will meet Chicago tomorrow night at the Verizon Center.
They played some exceptional basketball tonight, even if it was just against the depleted Wolves. They’re now 6-3 in the past 9 outings.