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

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1. Austin Rivers needs to play better

I think some have forgotten that Austin Rivers plays for the Wizards. For a man that was proclaimed to be one of the best off-season additions, he’s done absolutely nothing thus far.

All this hype was surrounding Rivers entering the season. Some, including myself, had hopes that he could be in contention for 6th man of the year honors, but right now we are sorely mistaken.

In the first 4 games, Rivers is averaging 8.3 points, 2.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds, in 25.8 minutes of play. These aren’t memorable numbers. Wednesday night, he had 9 points and 3 assists. That’s not the type of production that the Wizards have hoped for from Rivers.

This was the perfect matchup to play a three-guard set with Rivers, Wall, and Beal. Even if the game got out of hand, it would have been beneficial for the three to work on their chemistry. This is the trifecta that Washington needs to perfect for the long haul of the season.

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Playing 29 minutes in fast paced game and only scoring 9 points is unacceptable. It’s even more disheartening to see him not be productive against Golden State’s second unit. Rivers has had plenty of experience going up against the G-Men from his days in the Western Conference. He should have played significantly better.

Rivers need to take a good, long, look in the mirror. His play needs to pivot and do so quickly.

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