The first preseason game is rarely pretty, and after the first few minutes the Wizards were disjointed on offense and couldn’t get stops on the defensive end in Tuesday’s 106-95 loss in the preseason opener with the Miami Heat.
Kelly Oubre (16 points), Trey Burke (14 points), Bradley Beal (12 points), Markieff Morris (11 points) and Marcin Gortat (10 points) led the Wizards in scoring. Hassan Whiteside (20 points, 13 rebounds) led the Heat followed by Luke Babbitt (14 points), Justise Winslow (12 points) and Dion Waiters (12 points, eight assists).
- Coach Scott Brooks, who has preached defense from Day 1, couldn't be pleased with a first quarter in which the Heat made 15 of 23 shots (65.2%). Whiteside accounted for most of that damage as he shot 7 of 8.
- Tomas Satoransky (eight points, six assists, five rebounds) isn’t just a good athlete for his size or a European. He’s NBA athletic. Part of the reason he had so much success early had to do with being defended by Dion Waiters. Satoransky, a 6-7 ball-handler, is faster and reads the floor better. Waiters fell asleep off-ball on several occasions and allowed his man to get to the rim for his first basket. But Satornasky also had a steady hand when running the fast break. Trey Burke’s first bucket was courtesy of a simple bounce pass in transition. Sheldon McClellan’s only bucket came off a steal as he was able to jump the passing lane to snatch Briante Weber’s pass because of Satoransky’s ball pressure. In the fourth, Satoransky got back in transition to force a miss for Weber at the rim and then ran the break and assisted on Oubre’s corner three.
- Gortat started 2 of 7 as he didn’t establish position deep enough on the block and settled for a few lean-back jumpers and jump hooks that fell short. He finished 5 of 12 but he can’t finesse Whiteside. Gortat has to go at him and post up deeper.
- Morris had a mismatch in the starting lineup with Luke Babbitt and took advantage. His first made shot was a three-pointer. He made another. His career numbers suggest he’s not a three-point shooter, but the more he shoots from deep the more he looks like one. Morris finished 4 of 9 in 28 minutes. It was good recognition early to get the ball to Morris when he had Babbitt on him but that quickly waned.
- Beal, who had a concussion last week in training camp, ran into a hard screen from Udonis Haslem but shook off the effects in the second quarter. He was aggressive early and often as the Heat overplayed him on the catch and shoot and he put the ball on the floor to get open looks. Beal played 16 minutes and shot 5 of 9.
- Oubre can be guilty of forcing the action too much. When he makes up his mind to attack, he’s determined to run through defenders though the space isn’t there. It led to several awkward collisions and missed offensive chances. It's a preseason game so he was allowed to play through these rough spots and get settled. In a regular-season game, will Brooks have a quicker hook?
- Andrew Nicholson (eight points) is determined to get to the mid-post area and drop him a baby hook. He’s comfortable doing it from either block. Although he was way off to start, he finished 3 of 9 and had no problems with taking contact from Haslem and asserting his position to get a high-percentage look.