The competition in the preseason makes it difficult to determine exactly where the Wizards stand in coach Randy Wittman's faster-paced offense, and Sunday's win vs. the Brazilian club Bauru was no different. Marcin Gortat led all scorers with 19 points, but they'll have a better idea of where they stand as the regular season draws closer during the next four exhibitions that come on the road.
Gortat made 8 of 12 shots and Bradley Beal sank 6 of 10 for 17 points. Drew Gooden scored 15 and Otto Porter 12. Nene and Kris Humphries finished with 11 each.
The Wizards will practice Monday and likely be off Tuesday. Their next game is at the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.
- Any concern over Nene's lower back pain that had him sit out the last two quarters of the previous game should dissipate. He started at center because he was playing against a team from his home country and showed no problems with running or jumping.
- Gortat is able to get his shot off in the low post whenever he wants. He hasn't always looked sharp in this open-court style, but the opportunities will be there. When he posts up, there's a lot of real estate around him so he can maneuver and he's a good enough passer to take advantage of help defenders.
- Kelly Oubre's first field goal came on a dunk and he short-armed the first of two foul shots. The second one was fluid and much smoother as it went in so he should begin to loosen up. He had five points, but he botched a nifty, behind-the-back pass from Toure' Murry in transition by missing the dunk in the fourth.
- It was easier for Humphries to get off his three-point shot against smaller opposition, but he still shot just 2 of 6. Gooden, who has been relieving him off the bench, is a more natural stretch. He shot 3 of 6.
- Josh Harrellson is a big being brought in for a look long-term, like Jaleel Roberts. While Roberts plays in the paint, Harrellson lurks on the perimeter because he has three-point range. He banged in consecutive threes -- one from the corner and another from the top of the key -- and another in the fourth to finish with 11 points.\
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