If consistency is key, the Washington Wizards lost their keys. They entered Wednesday night’s matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers on a six-game skid, while the 76ers were the winners of five in a row themselves. The outcome? A 106-103 Wizards victory.
No need to overreact, not everything was perfect and the situation around the team is still an issue until solved. Still, there are positives from the game that must be absorbed in order to help get through the frustrating nights the team has. Those happen more often than surprise wins lately.
Takeaways from the Wizards Win
Spencer Dinwiddie’s Shooting Struggles Continue but he Finds a Way to Make an Impact
The subject of all sorts of rumors right now, Dinwiddie went out and recorded the first triple-double by a Wizards player this season. He finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. That well-rounded performance was essential, as he shot just 4-16 from the field.
Let this serve as a reminder that although he isn’t where he once was and his contract is not very good for the team, he can still bring value to the right roster. That roster isn’t in Washington, but his team could be changing sooner than later.
Corey Kispert Helps the Wizards Have a Good Shooting Night
The Wizards have been one of the worst perimeter shooting teams all season, and one game won’t change those numbers. Still, it was surprising to see the team go 9-22 (40.9 percent) from behind the arc in a single game.
Rookie wing Corey Kispert played a role in this, a role he was drafted to play for this team. Kispert hit three 3-pointers, combining with Kyle Kuzma (four made 3’s) to make seven of the team’s nine 3-point shots.
Aaron Holiday is not the Right Starter with Bradley Beal Out
Holiday has now started the last two games with Beal sidelines, totaling 1-7 shooting in 37 minutes on the court. The Wizards need to try something else in the starting five when Beal is not available, although that should have been the plan from the start.
Kispert should get the shot in that role, and hopefully, he will next time out. His shooting is an asset in the starting five and helps cover for the lack of a threat that Dinwiddie is from the outside.