September 24, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 56 Review: Wizards suffer another bad loss, fall to Pistons

The Washington Wizards came out of the All-Star break and stunk up the Verizon Center in their first game back by getting destroyed by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wizards weren’t able to show much better on the road against the Detroit Pistons in a Sunday matinee, losing 106-89.

In the first quarter, things were slow and steady for both teams with mediocre shooting. The majority of offensive production for both teams came from the paint where the Wizards had 10 of their first 12 points. Even though Nene was sidelined early with two fouls in the first five minutes of action, Kevin Seraphin, not Kris Humphries, stepped in to have a bucket and two assists early. This allowed the Wizards to have an early 12-11 lead midway through. The Pistons began to find their stroke from deep as they hit four straight 3-pointers late in the quarter giving them a 27-22 lead.

The second quarter started with an off-balanced rotation for the Wizards with newly acquired Ramon Sessions and Nene, because of early foul trouble, on the floor. Although this will probably not be a consistent lineup with Nene, it seemed to put some spark in the bench production. Sessions started to fit in with the group as he had a bucket to go along with five assists that fueled a 11-2 run, giving the Wizards a 31-30 lead. With Nene sidelined early in the second quarter with his third foul, it was Kris Humphries’ turn to fill in admirably with 5 of 5 shooting and three rebounds. Although John Wall was a dismal 2 of 8 shooting from the field, he had six assists at halftime, allowing Washington to stretch out the lead to 52-47.

Garrett Temple opened the second half with the Wizards first made 3-point field goal of the game, but the Pistons went on an 11-4 run thanks in part to the play of their big men, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. The run was extended to 18-9 as Detroit took a 65-64 lead midway through the quarter. After the Wizards went on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 71, the Pistons went on an 11-0 run. The Wizards became completely scattered offensively as they were missing layups in cases where they thought they were fouled. Going into the fourth quarter, the Wizards faced an 82-71 deficit.

The fourth quarter started slowly for both teams, which did not favor Washington as they had a lot of ground to make up. Sharpshooting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope began to turn it on for the Pistons and the Wizards could not break into the double-digit lead. For the latter half of the quarter the Wizards could not do anything right and by the end of it the Wizards fell to the Pistons 106-89.

Why the Wizards Lost:

  • This game was lost in the third quarter where the Wizards shot 31 percent compared to the Pistons 54 percent and were outrebounded 19-7.
  • Yet another game without Bradley Beal and the Wizards struggled from downtown. They shot just 6 of 17 from beyond the arc.
  • In the final 28 minutes of the game, the Wizards were outscored 68-40 much in part due to a lack of effort.

The Wizards will look to get their first win of the post-All Star break schedule on Tuesday when they welcome in the best team in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors. With the deep and talented squad that the Warriors boast, it will take near perfection for the Wizards to pull off the upset, especially when one takes into account the probable lack of service from the injured Bradley Beal. It will be interesting to note leading up the game if Stephen Curry will suit up as he was to miss Sunday night’s gamee for the Warriors with a sore right ankle.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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