Despite the great effort from their bench, the Washington Wizards failed to pick up their first victory of the preseason against the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls in Brazil yesterday. Here are today’s Wizardly Links, all of which pertain to the game:
Glen Rice Jr. and Eric Maynor were also bright spots for the Wizards tonight. Like everyone else on the court, their shot wasn’t falling, but they were both pretty productive. Rice looked very good defensively, and scored off the dribble multiple times. Maynor looked more composed than he did on Tuesday, but he still forced the issue.
Booed during introductions, when he addressed the crowd and later as he shot free throws, Nene encountered a reaction that was vastly different from what he experienced during an emotional week of handshakes, hugs and smiles for the native of Sao Carlos.
After a slow start (2/13 shooting), the Wizards made a nice little run at the end of the first quarter and into the start of the second, led by Martell Webster and his four-point plays. He converted one of them and had a chance for two, but failed to convert the free-throw. He leads the team with 11 points at the half. Bradley Beal was the other bright spot for the Wizards in the first half, he has nine points on 3/6 shooting.
On Friday Glenn Consor joined Nene and other Wizards players for an incredible visit to a favela for a clinic. A favela is a shanty town where the poorest of the poor live and the Nene and the Wizards spent the afternoon spreading basketball and just pure joy.