Sunday, August 2, 2020
The Washington Wizards are coming fresh off of a 125-112 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Today, they will try to avoid a second consecutive loss as they battle the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets, on the other hand, will hope to avoid a second straight loss, as well. They were handed a 128-118 loss by the Orlando Magic on Friday.
Today’s matchup will mark the third and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on February 26 when the Wizards crept away with a 110-106 win. During that game, Bradley Beal scored 30 points while grabbing five rebounds, dishing off five assists, and committing three steals. Caris LeVert finished with 34 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY;
The Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards have played each other a grand total of 193 times in the past as the Nets won 75 games while the Wizards went on to win 118 games.
-Bradley Beal (shoulder; 30.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.1 APG, 45.5 FG%, 35.3 3P%)
-Davis Bertans (undisclosed; 15.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 43.4 FG%, 42.4 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (personal; 5.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 42.9 FG%, 41.3 3P%)
-Gary Payton (COVID; 3.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 41.4 FG%, 28.3 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Ian Mahinmi (coach’s decision; 7.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 49.5 FG%, 19.2 3P%)
-Admiral Schofield (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 39.0 FG%, 29.2 3P%)
-Johnathan Williams (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 64.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jarrod Uthoff (1.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Michael Beasley (COVID)
-Wilson Chandler (undisclosed; 5.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.4 FG%, 30.6 3P%)
-Nicolas Claxton (shoulder; 4.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.3 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Spencer Dinwiddie (COVID; 20.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 6.8 APG, 41.5 FG%, 30.8 3P%)
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 47.8 FG%, 39.4 3P%)
-DeAndre Jordan (COVID; 8.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 66.6 FG%)
-Taurean Prince (COVID; 12.1 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 37.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
-Justin Anderson (coach’s decision; 0.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 12.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Donta Hall (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.1 FG%)
-Jeremiah Martin (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 30.8 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Dzanan Musa (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 36.9 FG%, 24.2 3P%)
The game would be held close in the first half as the Washington Wizards shot forty-three percent from the field while the Brooklyn Nets shot forty-two percent. Wizards’ Thomas Bryant got hot for 18 points which included four three-pointers. He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and one block while Troy Brown had ten points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Shabazz Napier and Rui Hachimura combined for seven points while Isaac Bonga was held to just a free-throw. Ish Smith played 12 minutes off the bench but only had two points.
As for the Nets, Jarrett Allen chalked up 14 points while shooting sixty-three percent from the field. He also had seven rebounds while Joe Harris gave ten points which included two three-pointers. Caris LeVert had nine points while Lance Thomas and Tyler Johnson were both held scoreless. Chris Chiozza played the most minutes off the bench as he had nine points while both teams went into halftime tied at 54 apiece.
The Brooklyn Nets would come out of the locker room shooting forty-two percent in the second half while the Washington Wizards shot forty-eight percent. LeVert added 25 more points to his scoring total while Harris helped out with 17 points. Former Wizards’ guard Garrett Temple played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.
On the other end of the floor, both Troy Brown and Thomas Bryant would put up 12 points each while Hachimura had seven points. Jerome Robinson played 16 minutes off the bench but only scored six points as the Nets come away with a 118-110 win. Caris LeVert finished the game with 34 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists while Thomas Bryant had a season-high 30 points, along with a season-high 13 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.
The Washington Wizards will face T.J. Warren (19.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 53.5 FG%, 39.8 3P%) and the Indiana Pacers (40-26) tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that they play each other this season. November 6 was the last time they saw each other as the Pacers handed the Wizards a 121-106 loss. During that game, T.J. Warren scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 2 assists, and committed one steal while Bradley Beal had 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Brooklyn Nets will battle Giannis Antetokounmpo (29.8 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 5.8 APG, 55.0 FG%, 30.7 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (54-12) on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. This will mark the second and final time that these ball clubs will face off this season. The last time they played each other was on January 18 when the Nets fell to the Bucks, 117-97. Antetokounmpo finished that game with 29 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kyrie Irving had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals.