It's that time once again when your intrepid blogger breaks down all the on-court action from Tuesday night's Wizards split squad scrimmage. Don't even pretend you're not interested...
Earlier I wrote about Jannero Pargo's scoring surge and his returning from an abdominal strain. There is still plenty of time for Shelvin Mack and A.J. Price to change my opinion, but I'm still giving Pargo best odds of being John Wall's primary backup whenever he returns to action. The Wizards need 3-point shooting and on-court experience. Pargo brings both qualities. As for what happens with Wall out, Pargo's style may still be best suited for coming off the bench while one of the other two opens with the starters. The battle remains open.
Bradley Beal flashed his textbook jumper on a 3-pointer for the scrimmage's first points, but ultimately wasn't a major scoring factor. I honed in on the rookie during the first session before eventually becoming exhausted just watching his constant off the ball movement. Any Ray Allen comparisons are overblown at this point of their respective careers, but Beal does possess Allen's ability to keep his feet active while forcing defenders to chase. No doubt everyone is looking forward to seeing how his activity combined with Wall's speed and passing ability changes the Wizards attack.
After Tuesday's morning session, Randy Wittman noted Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely in particular needed to avoid the "dumb fouls" they and others committed in Sunday's loss at Charlotte. During the second period, Singleton raced to defend a camped out A.J. Price preparing to launch from beyond the arc. His good intentions went unrewarded and worse, the overly aggressive defender was whistled for a foul. While Price went to the line for three free throws, Singleton went to the bench, yanked by Wittman, who was otherwise leaving the coaching duties to his assistants.
Singleton later returned and turned in one of the scrimmages true highlights, coming
up with a steal and racing home with a thunderous dunk. No foul was called on either end of that play.
Trevor Booker continued to sit out with left hamstring soreness, joining John Wall (leg strain) and Nene (plantar fasciitis) on the sideline. There does not appear to be any immediate concern about the energy forward's situation, but we the media have not pressed the matter just yet. That could change if Booker misses Thursday home preseason game against New York.
Wall and Nene performed their most rigorous physical activity of the week, at least as far as the media could see: walking out on the court during player introductions. The key word is walking as the other players jogged or moved with pace to the center court when introduced. Wall's gait had a Sunday morning stroll kind of vibe while the laid back Nene was simply in no rush. Both are out of the commission for now so it's not as if anyone wants them sprinting like Bryce Harper to stretch a single into a double. Seeing as Wall is out several more weeks and Wittman offered no new Nene update earlier when asked, thought I provide one, ish.
The Wizards closed up shop out in Fairfax. Starting on Wednesday they are back practicing at the Verizon Center.