The Hop- Despite holding a 12-point lead and John Wall dropping 33 points and dishing 11 cool dimes, and the team shooting 58.3% from the field, it just wasn’t enough to counter 40 points from DeMar DeRozan.
In a game full of runs the Wizards struck first with a 13-2 run, fueled with four of the Wizards stars scoring. From the opening tip the Wizards played with a heightened energy on both ends of the court, playing with a urgency that had many thinking tonight would be the night the Wizards would get their first victory of the season. Then it was the Raptors responded with their own run and closing the gap with a 13-2 run and closing the 1st qtr down 29-27. The second quarter was more of a back and forth, as the offenses were both clicking. The Raptors had another monumental run and surged for a 13-5 run, taking a 50-42. Otto Porter and John Wall teamed up to close the gap, leading the way for a 14-4 run and a 56-54 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the third quarter was competitive intially but the Raptors went on another lengthy run, this time 15-0 run and taking 75-64 lead before Head Coach Scott Brooks called timeout. After the timeout the Raptors and Wizards scored nine and eleven points respectively, with the Raptors going into the fourth leading 84-75. In the entertaining fourth quarter, the Wizards ended up tying the game after John Wall scored on back to back steals-layups, igniting the restless Verizon Center crowd with a 10-2 run. Unfortunalty that would be as close as the Wizards would get for the rest of the game. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors on a decisive 13-5 run and sealed the game with a 3 pointer to secure the 113-102 lead.
In a game of runs the Wizards bench woes, combined with their 21 turnovers and DeMar DeRozan dominating once again were all to much for the Wizards to handle and they were handed their third loss in a row to start the young season. Stay tuned here to see if the Wiz can get it together at home against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Wizards bench continued its disturbing trend of lackluster play and almost immediately gave up a 12 point lead. Free-agent acquisitions like Trey Burke and Andrew Nicholson along with Kelly Oubre and Marcus Thornton must find their missing chemistry otherwise they will force Scott Brooks to play the starters more minutes and run them ragged before the playoffs start.
The Wizards turned the ball over 21 times, with All-Star John Wall having coughing the ball up nine times. Those 21 turnovers lead to 29 easy points for the visiting Raptors. If it weren’t for these 21 turnovers the Wizards would’ve played at a much higher level offensively.
Can Beal Get it Turned Around:
Bradley Beal came out the gates scorching 10 points in the first half, but scored only five points the rest of the way. For a player who just signed the 6th-richest contract in NBA history Beal must remain consistent and aggressive in order to truly the money he signed for. The Wizards are going nowhere if Beal can’t begin to score efficiently and remain aggressive. For better or worse he’s essentially the number 1 option in the Wizards attack.