The Washington Wizards defeated the New York Knicks 116-105 on Wednesday night. Here are his five takeaways from failure…
When asked what they need to do to recover after Monday’s loss to the Warriors, several Wizards players simply said they need Bradley Beal back. and felt that a three-time All-Star would help them find their winning formula. It was just one game, but the Wizards got off to a good start by pushing it.
Beal was back in NYC Wednesday night as the Wizards defeated the Knicks and snapped a two-game skid to avenge their loss to the same team in DC last week. Kyle Kuzma scored 27 points, 13. They led the way with rebounds and seven assists. Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points, 11 boards and two blocks.
The win moved the Wizards to 19-26 on the season. They’ll be home to host the Magic on Saturday, after which they’ll be playing five games.
beer is back
The Wizards welcomed Beal after missing five games with a left hamstring injury and did much better than last time he returned from the same injury. Because we played a total of 28 minutes. Beal was also sharp, scoring 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Beal had his first two shots. Because the Wizards carried the ball smoothly and opened up a spot on the floor.
The Wizards now want Beal to stay here and not set back due to injuries or other injuries. As you may remember, Beal had some injury issues early in his career, but the 2016-17 season saw him appear in 77 games, and then two more of his season. was able to get through it by appearing in all 82 games. Perhaps Biel can come out of that experience and achieve his endurance again.
from hot 3
One of the problems the Wizards have this season is 3-point shooting on the road. Prior to this match, the roads saw him rank 30th out of 30 teams in both 3-percentage (9.4/g) and percentage (31.3%). At home, in percentage he was 10th (37.5%) and in 3 success rate he was 14th (12.4%). Washington broke that trend in this game, and in 42 attempts he made 16 threes for 38.1%.
They wasted no time either. The Wizards had seven threes in the first quarter and by halftime he had ten. Kuzma and Porzingis each led with four 3s, with Monte Morris making his three and Deni Avdija making two 3s each. The Knicks are fourth in 3-point percentage allowed this season, but he has the sixth-most 3-point waivers of any team. Wizards could take advantage of it.
randle was suppressed
When the Wizards played against the Knicks last week, both Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle were off in the second half to lead New York to victory. Branson had a good game in this game as well, but the Wizards were able to limit Randle, which made a big difference. A former All-NBA selection, Randle had 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting. Randall shot from deep where he went 0-5.
Much of that credit goes to Porzingis and Daniel Gafford, who did a better job of matching the Knicks’ physical style than they did last week. The Knicks still won the paint battle 66-for-44, but the Wizards made up for it from long range. New York shot just 7-for-26 over the arc.
share the ball
The Wizards enjoyed a significant advantage in the assists category. This was a reflection of how the Knicks would play on their own, as well as showing the Wizards’ ball movement. They recorded his 28 assists against his 14 in New York. This will take time before head coach Wes Unseld Jr. can achieve it.
Unseld Jr. considers 30 assists to be the magic number for the Wizards, and while he didn’t reach it this time around, he achieved the desired effect. Ball movement helped them find open shots on the perimeter, stealing quite a few shots. This was his third straight game in which the Wizards attempted at least his 35 threes.