The Wizards only have three preseason games and Davis Bertans is likely to miss at least two of them. He didn't play in the opener on Sunday in Brooklyn and, according to Scott Brooks, he is not expected to be available Thursday against the Pistons. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, however, have a good chance to play, per Brooks.
For Bertans, it's a matter of improving his conditioning and timing after he joined the team late for training camp due to a work visa issue. He has in recent days been limited to individual work on side courts and has yet to participate in a 5-on-5 scrimmage.
Bertans, though, says he isn't worried about falling behind his teammates.
"With the type of player I am, I just need to be in the right spot and make my shots," he said.
Bertans hasn't played with Westbrook and the new-look Wizards, but he's impressed with what he's seen so far watching from the sidelines. He said second-year forward Rui Hachimura is making more threes and he likes rookie Deni Avdija's potential as a shooter.
Also noteworthy has been the early goings of Beal and Westbrook as a tandem.
"I can feel there’s already a great chemistry. Russ is always looking for him. He knows Brad is the one that’s going to score for us the most. He has to find him, set everybody up. He’s going to be the floor general," Bertans said.
Westbrook has also taken to a leadership role early on, as others on the team have described. Bertans has seen it himself. He said Westbrook ended Tuesday's practice with a message to the team: 'you have to know your role.'
Bertans said that was because the Wizards' offense stalled in the first half against the Nets. With no Bertans, Beal or Westbrook, young players tried to be the star and carry the offense themselves.
"The first half was a little bit of a mess because everyone that caught the ball tried to score," Bertans said.
Bertans certainly knows his role and that is to knock down shots from long distance. He should be doing that before long, it will just have to wait at least one more game.