October 23, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 63 Review: Wizards lose to the Bucks without Beal

The Washington Wizards were able to prevent a 35-point come back from the Miami Heat on the first of a back to back leg. Unfortunately, they could not keep the momentum going as they lost to the surging Milwaukee Bucks 91-85.

In the first quarter, things were not good for the Wizards as it was showing that they were the sluggish team that had traveled the night before. The Bucks opened the game four of five on three point field goals, many of which were uncontested attempts. Randy Whitman was forced to call a timeout when his team fell behind 16-6. The Wizards were getting beat on loose balls, which led to turnovers. Milwaukee made Washington pay for such as they scored nine points off of these turnovers and got additional buckets coming off of defensive switches leaving players open. Marcin Gortat did his best to keep the game relatively close as he made all four of his field goal attempts, but the Wizards were still down 30-19 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Washington bench did their best to close the deficit. Washington went on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to six. The run was inspired on the defensive end as the bench was contest more shots and getting help from Milwaukee struggles from the free throw line. Both teams delivered body blows to each other. Although the Wizards played better defense in the half, they were not executing on the offensive end which allowed the Bucks to maintain a multi-possession lead. John Wall had a layup blocked and misfired on another, Marcin Gortat missed a dunk, and Paul Pierce missed a layup and subsequent tip in. Such offensive miscues allowed the Bucks to hold a 51-39 lead at the break.

The second half did not start well for the Wizards as the bucks stretched out a lead to 14. When all seemed to be lost for Washington, they began to heat up from beyond the arc as four consecutive threes were made be Wall, Garrett Temple, and Paul Pierce twice. Jason Kidd was forced to call a timeout as the Wizards were only down 61-57. For the rest of the quarter both teams struggled to take charge of the game. Going into the fourth quarter the game was up for grabs as the Bucks led by a mere 65-63 margin.

The back and forth nature of the game continued into the fourth quarter. Every time Milwaukee retook the lead, the Wizards would find a way to either tie the game back up or cut the deficit. The key moment came in the game when the game was tied at 84. Khris Middleton, the player of the game, was off on a three point attempt, but Ersan Ilyasova got an offensive rebound between Marcin Gortat and Nene, which led to a Middleton three. The Wizards did not score on their next possession and the Bucks made their free throws late. The Wizards fell 91-85 on the road to the Bucks.

Why the Wizards Lost:

  • In yet another game without Bradley Beal, the Wizards were miserable offensively. In the first half they shot a miserable 33% from the field and an even worse 20% from beyond the arc. Throughout the entire game the Wizards shot a cold 38%
  • The Wizards had 17 turnovers in the game which was turned into 24 Milwaukee points.
  • Khris Middleton was on fire for the Bucks as he scored 30 points including the eventual game ending three pointer.

The Wizards will have to stay on the road as they travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets. The talented Hornets have given the Wizards trouble before. It will be important for the Wizards to make sure they do not enter another prolonged losing streak.

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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