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Takeaways from Wizards' preseason opening loss to Heat

Takeaways from Wizards' preseason opening loss to Heat

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.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the Wizards' 0-2 deficit and how Bradley Beal and Otto Porter need to play better.

They went into the potential change in the starting lineup, why the Wizards are doing so poorly on defense and the historical odds the Wizards are now up against.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait


Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

One thing rapper Drake has been known for is being a very vocal sports fan, that always seems to make himself the center of attention.

He also seems to be a fan of just about any team that happens to be winning at the moment. 

He's been seen in everything from Kentucky gear at a basketball game, to Alabama and Texas A&M football apparel (seriously, just Google "Drake bandwagon fan" and take a look).

One team he's always seemed to stay loyal to though is his hometown Raptors. Especially when it comes to yelling at anyone he can on the other team.

First, it was John Wall having a back-and-forth with Drake on the court.

Now, it seems to be Kelly Oubre that gets to help Drake suck up more attention on social media. 

After C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer during the fourth quarter of Washington’s 130-119 loss Tuesday night, the cameras caught him doing what he just can't help himself from doing.

Oubre though, doesn't take it personally, even when it was pointed out to him postgame.

Maybe it's because Oubre wants to start his own fashion line, and hopes to have Drake help promote it.

Maybe it's because Oubre doesn't want to ever show up on a Drake diss track (even though he apparently deleted this tweet from a long time ago right after the game).

Or Maybe Oubre is just being the bigger man.

Either way, it's safe to say this trend will continue for Drake and whoever his next Wizards target is on the court.

Given Drake's history though, if the Wizards come back and win the series, will we see him in a Wall or Oubre jersey?

Considering all the bandwagons he's jumped on, it would surprise very few if it happened.