Washington Wizards: 3 Takeaways from blowout loss against the Golden State Warriors

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2. Jason Smith shouldn’t start

Was this some type of bad joke?

Why would Jason Smith even be considered to be inserted into the starting lineup? There is no way he’s earned it through the first 3 games of the season.

Smith only played 11 minutes, producing 4 points and 4 rebounds. I was disappointed with this move by Scott Brooks. All it displays is that they team is depleted at the center position.

Kelly Oubre Jr. should have started, especially with the way he’s been performing. When Ian Mahinmi went down against the Portland Trail Blazers, Oubre did a fantastic job of filling in. He started the second half, scored a total of 22 points, and helped cement a close victory in overtime.

Even if you want to keep that type of fire power on the bench, then start Jeff Green. He can at least defend, bring post presence, and be some type of threat on the floor.

Not that the team played well, but starting Smith only brings liability to the table. Against the best team in the NBA, the Wizards couldn’t afford to make mistakes and if they did, it would’ve had to been limited. They should have played small ball from the beginning. I know they did the majority of the game, but as demonstrated, getting off to a slow start can make or break the game.

The only chance at the Wizards winning right now is playing small ball until Dwight Howard returns. There’s not point trying to fake like they have productive big men, because they don’t at this point. If someone steps up then so be it. But as of right now the Wizards need to stick to what their strengths are.