If you are like me then you are not an insane person and couldn’t stay up to watch some of these games last night on the west coast. But, if you are like me then you are also really sad that you didn’t get to stay up and watch these two teams pick up some nice wins.
First, the Wiz:
Kieff poured in 28 pts, including going 6 for 10 from deep. Oubre with 22 off the bench and a nice line from Brad Beal: 25 pts, 8 reb, 7 ast.
It took an OT effort, but that is a HUGE win to pick up on the road in Portland to start the road trip.
It’s funny, because Mike and I were just talking about how worried we were for this team headed into the next few games but the boys balled out. (Except Ian Mahinmi who played four minutes, picked up two fouls, 0 reb, and 0 pts)
Next, the Caps:
Coming off the shootout loss to Florida, the Caps needed a nice bounce-back game. Ovie continues his rampage as he picks up four points.
Backstrom snagged his 600th NHL assist as well.
These types of nights don’t happen often for DC fans, so let’s definitely enjoy this one.
Let’s go ahead and assign grades to the Wizards players on their loss last night. Why? Because we feel like it.
First up, the man himself, John Wall
Stats: 26 pts (9-16 FG, 2-7 3PT, 7-10 FT), 9 Ast, 3 Reb, 3 Blk, 1 Stl, 3 TO’s.
Give this man a full season without injury, these are the kind of numbers you expect. Wall went hard all 36 minutes, but clearly was a little gassed at the end. The Wiz are a missed Wall three-pointer away from being 1-0. Bad shot decision when he could have driven and drawn contact? Possibly.
Stats: 20 pts (7-16 FG, 2-7 3PT, 4-6 FT), 2 Ast, 1 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO)
Overall an okay night from Brad. Hit a couple three’s, but unfortunately not much else. The foul trouble plagued the ‘zards all night, Beal had 5 and only was able to play 27 min.
Otto Porter Jr.
Stats: 9 pts (3-7 FG, 0 3PT, 3-4 FT), 0 Ast, 11 Reb, 3 Stl, 3 Blk
I know, a little strange for a guy to get a D+ when he almost gets a double-double. Otto Porter needs to do…more. Multiple guys off the bench get more shots up than he did (Jeff Green put in a great case to try and earn the starting SF spot), he didn’t tally a single assist, didn’t shoot a single three, this was not a great game from OP. Both Heat forwards outplayed him.
Stats: 11 pts (3-8 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-4 FT), 2 Ast, 5 Reb, 2 Blk, 3 TO’s
Kieff is always going to be a hit-or-miss player. Some nights he’ll be on, some he’ll be way off. Tonight he was pretty good. He is out there to be a bruiser, hit a few threes, but definitely needs to put up higher rebound numbers. The Wiz were DESTROYED on the boards last night (55 to 40). Including allowing 22 offensive rebounds to Miami. That can’t happen.
Stats: 3 pts (1-2 FG, 3-4 FT), 1 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk’s
Well, with Gortat gone, and Dwight hurt, here is a look at what Mahinmi does with a starting opportunity. Not good. Brooks only gave him 12 min as well. Mahinmi is definitely more fashioned to provide energy and physicality off the bench. He is not a starting center in this league.
Jeff Green: 17 pts (6-12 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-3FT), 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 STL, 2 Blk’s
Great Debut for Green, this bench is definitely better than last year.
Jason Smith: 4 pts (2-3 FG), 6 Reb
Foul trouble, another guy that couldn’t stay on the floor tonight.
Kelly Oubre Jr: 9 pts (2-8 FG, 0-3 3PT, 5-6 FT), 6 Reb, 1 Blk
The mental side of the game still plagues Oubre. Picked up a stupid tech for taunting.
Austin Rivers: 9 pts (4-7 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-2 FT), 2 Ast, 1 Blk
Not a bad debut, would have liked to see those assist numbers be higher.
Tomas Satoransky: 4 pts (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk
Oh look, Tomas outrebounded the Wizard’s starting center.
Jordan McRae: Did not register a minute
Troy Brown Jr: DNP
Thomas Bryant: DNP
What a crappy way to start the season. Getting outscored 28-23 in the 4th, including an absolute backbreaker by the anti-christ Kelly Olynyk
This looks very much like the Wizards of old, possibly helped by the fact that Dwight Howard didn’t play. Love to have your brand new Center be injured right off the bat.
Wall looked great, doing things like this
He was feisty John tonight, getting into a few scraps along the way. It seems that Wall is taking NO S*** this season
That’s cool and all, but you HAVE to close out games.
Wall finished with 26 pts and 9 assists (with 3 blocks as well)
Beal added 20 pts, and was 2-7 from deep.
Wiz fans seem to be over Otto at this point, okay night from him with 9 pts and 11 rebounds. But only took 7 shots all night in 33 minutes. There HAS to be more production from him.
Rivers with 9 pts in his Wiz debut, Jeff Green looked like a beast with 17 and 4.
That was a winnable game, and the Wiz blew it.
Next Game: Saturday vs. Toronto (1-0) 7PM ET
Another back-to-back, another loss. Worried yet? Nah.
This is the “highlights”
Copley got the start and did not fare well. Ovie only got 2 shots, Kuzy with only 1. Yikes.
On to hosting Toronto (4-1) Saturday at 7PM
This has been a pretty weird start to the season for the Caps. First they absolutely annihilate the Bruins to open up the season 7-0. The next day they fall to Pittsburgh 7-6 in OT. and then they get FIVE days off??
We were a little worried there was going to be some sort of a letdown after such a long break. Instead, this ended up being a SUPER entertaining game.
The first was back and forth until Kuzy snagged the first goal of the game late in the 1st on a PP
Ovie added his own tally in the 2nd, a wicked one-time as Kuzy fed him:
Vegas continued battling, everytime the Caps would put one in net VGK responded, keeping things close.
The Great 8 added another to his tally as things opened up a bit in the 3rd
Congrats to Ovie on passing Bobby Hull for 17th on the all-time goal-scoring list with 611.
A great game, solid win.
Caps move to 3-2 with 5 total pts.
Tonight @ (1-1) New Jersey Devils at 7PM