The Washington Wizards beat the Orlando Magic 100-90 on Wednesday night. Here are five observations from the game...
1. Though the Wizards have had some positive momentum at times in recent weeks as they aim to secure a playoff spot, they lost a series of games that could have directly helped their chances in a head-to-head match-up with a team they are chasing. On Wednesday, they got one.
The Wizards held off the Orlando Magic to win their second straight game. They have now won five of eight with 14 games remaining on their schedule.
By beating the Magic, they captured the head-to-head series between the teams. That means they will hold a playoff tiebreaker against them in the event one is needed.
It was only a small step towards the Wizards reaching their goal, but it helps.
2. Jabari Parker might as well have a culinary degree because the man can cook.
He once again flipped a game on its head with instant scoring off the bench. By halftime he had 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting in 12 minutes. For the game, he put up 19 points with nine rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
The Magic just couldn't stay in front of him. He got to the rim at will and didn't make the careless turnovers we have seen too often from him recently.
The more Parker plays like this, the more interesting his summer will be. It's basically a lock the Wizards step out of his $20 million team option for next season, making him a free agent. But how many years and how much money will he get?
3. The Wizards have had a major problem taking care of the ball in recent weeks. Since acquiring Parker and Bobby Portis, they lead the league in turnovers.
Wednesday, they had only nine of them. That was key against a Magic team that ranks among the NBA's best at defense. Interestingly enough, though, Orlando is 27th in the NBA in forcing turnovers. They stop teams in other ways.
4. On Monday against the Kings, Thomas Bryant had arguably his worst game since joining the regular rotation. He had only two points and zero rebounds.
Against the Magic, he bounced back and did so with help from Troy Brown Jr. Bryant had 21 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes, including a series of dunks.
Brown, who had six points, three assists and three rebounds, fed him on a few of his slams. They have been a nice combination on the Wizards' bench, which was a big strength against Orlando. They outscored the Magic's second unit 59-to-20.
Chasson Randle also got in on the action. After a series of DNPs, he scored 12 points against the Kings and followed that up with 13 points in this one.
5. Tomas Satoransky put in extensive work pregame in the post with a Wizards assistant, perhaps sensing an edge against D.J. Augustin, who is about seven inches shorter than him. Sure enough, Satoransky was able to take advantage on a few plays in this game, including one in the first quarter where he bullied his way to the baseline and finished with his left hand.
Tomas Satoransky did extensive post work before the game tonight, perhaps anticipating an edge against the much smaller DJ Augustin. He took advantage here. pic.twitter.com/rgiWyY1fL7— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) March 13, 2019
Satoransky is one of the tallest point guards in the NBA, so it only makes sense that he could be effective posting up. It would be smart to work that into his game more, even against guards who aren't as short as Augustin.
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