Washington Wizards: 5 Takeaways from OT win against the Blazers

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Washington Wizards Kelly Oubre Jr. (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images) /

2. Kelly Oubre Jr., will be the Wizards Sixth Man

Will the sixth-man for the Wizards please stand up?

Oubre played out of his mind last night finishing with 22 points and 6 rebounds. He was perfect from beyond the arc and shot  9-13 from the field. As this was impressive, his defensive effort was more notable.

Most assumed that Austin Rivers was going to be the sixth man for the Wizards, but that’s not looking like the case anymore. Oubre stepped in to start the second half and seemed to provide an impact on every possession.

Porter didn’t shoot very well last night, going 6-16 and 0-4 from deep. He ended with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but was out-shined by Oubre. Yes, Porter made the big stop at the end of overtime to seal the victory, but Oubre is going to demonstrate why the Wizards should’ve waited to give the payday to him instead of Porter.

In a contract year, I don’t expect anything less from Oubre. He’s going to be giving a max effort night in and night out to earn his money. This will benefit Washington in the short-term, but the long-term is concerning as a a fan.

All in all if was refreshing to see Oubre play in this manner. Watching the bench play the first two games was a bit frustrating. But, Oubre’s given us a reminder that he can be relied on weather it’s in a reserve position or a starter role.