Thanks to a 38-point second quarter and 29 points from John Wall, the Washington Wizards were able to cruise to a big win over Reggie Jackson and the Detroit Pistons. After the teams played even in the first quarter with each team scoring 27 points, Washington took control and never looked back.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 17, 2016
As usual, John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points, 11 assists, 3 steals, and 2 rebounds. For the Wizards to continue to improve their record, and hopefully enter themselves into the playoff picture, the team will need somebody else to step up.
After a slow start to the since coming off a brand new max contract extension, Bradley Beal seems to be the guy that’s going to step up and be the other player that can produce big numbers. After scoring 25 points and dishing out 4 assists, Beal is currently averaging a career-high 21.8 points per game.
— CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) December 17, 2016
Knowing Wall will not be able to make it through the season, Beal’s new hot streak is exactly what the Wizards need to make a playoff run.
With Beal now living up to his contract, the last piece of this team that needs to get on board is the bench. The win over Detroit was a big step-up from the production that has been provided so far this season from the second-unit, but this production must become more consistent.
If Kelly Oubre Jr., Trey Burke, and Marcus Thornton can provide scoring off the bench when starters are being rested, Scott Brooks will have more confidence sitting his starters when they need a break.
John Wall is playing great, and Bradley Beal is starting to play like an all-star, but for the Wizards to continue to win big, the rest of the team has to come together. This win was a step in the right direction, but it’s important to grow more from this.