The Washington Wizards dropped their third straight preseason game last night to the Anthony Davis-led New Orleans Pelicans at Rupp Arena. The game was not televised, but that didn’t stop the coverage. Here are today’s Wizardly Links:
Beal started out on fire, making five of his first six field goal attempts to start the game. He finished the night with 30 points on 12 of 19 shooting and the overwhelming majority of the points were, as is usually the case, within the flow of the offense. Eight of Wall’s 11 assists were to Beal and it’s good that they’re continuing to play off of each other so well.
Moving beyond the turnovers, the development of John Wall and Bradley Beal continued to excite. Playing in front of many of the fans who watched him in college at Kentucky, Wall had a double-double with 16 Points and 11 assists. Beal finished with 30 points and almost tied the game in the closing seconds on a drive to the basket, but had his shot blocked by former Kentucky star Anthony Davis.
While being a bit of a disappointment himself thus far, Wiliams would seem to fill a void of young promise at the power forward (stretch 4?) position, an area where the current Wizards slotted here are either not very good, out of position, not very good and out of position, aging, injured, or aging and injured.
Gortat’s career has been quite an escapade. He started his career as a promising backup to likely the best center in basketball, Dwight Howard. As his backup, Gortat did an admirable job filling in as a steady defensive presence while the three-time Defensive Player of the Year sat on the bench.
No matter how many points are posted by Bradley Beal and what John Wall does to help facilitate them, the fact is despite the duo combining for 46 points they also had 11 of the Wizards’ 28 giveaways in Saturday’s 93-89 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in Lexington, Ky.