The Wizards’ B team surprised the Mavericks

Bradley Beal (Covid-19) is still sidelined, but Kristaps Porzingis (groin) is also orphaned, the Wizards is accepting Mavericks in back to back to try to end their negative spiral (five losses in seven games) and find a balanced balance.

A successful mission because, despite the absence of its two leaders, the franchise of the capital (113-105) was able to surprise the colleagues of Luka Doncic (22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists).

For his return to Washington, Spencer Dinwiddie (33 points, 6 assists) surpassed himself and gave his best performance of the season but, like his whole team, he fell to a bone, named Kyle Kuzma (36 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists), was even more inspired to hand Dallas its second straight loss.

WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER

Kyle Kuzma answered that present. Without Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis, “Kuz” behaved like a boss. Aggressive on the ball, successful in shooting (14/26, including 5/11 on 3-pts), regular and capital in all areas of the game, he put the Mavericks defense to a test. Proof that, when he has a good night and is confident, the former Lakers player can be a simple third option, condemned to stay in the shadow of his usual leaders and wait for them to force the decision. In any case, we had a demonstration of it last night…

Another loss that was a chore for Dallas. Two weeks ago, the Mavs lost to the Thunder by squandering a 16-point (!) lead in the final four minutes. They then rebounded with four straight wins, but are now on a two-game losing streak. And, without certainty against two weak opponents: the Magic without Paolo Banchero, then the Wizards without the Beal / Porzingis duo. Caught in their sufficiency, when they made a good start (22-8), Jason Kidd’s players suffered a new transfer failure, which they will quickly forget at home…

TOPS/FLOPS

Spencer Dinwiddie. The only player of the Mavs to survive this collective collapse, although it is also necessary to underline some good quotes of Dwight Powell or Tim Hardaway Jr, the former leader of the Wizards clearly has accounts to settle with his former team . Inspired on offense from the start of the game, he was clearly the Texans’ strong man tonight, a day after his 29 points in Orlando. It’s a good sign for the future, if the rest of his teammates (and Luka Doncic in particular) can recover quickly.

Rui Hachimura. More than Deni Avdija, Washington’s other nugget who is very prominent right now, especially defensively, the Japanese should say that the Texas defense coming off the bench is at least dynamite. Author of 23 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes, he therefore made a strong impression, to sign his best outing of the season, showing himself especially in his best light in the second and third quarter. In the middle of his fourth year in the league, the 9th pick of the 2019 Draft is just waiting to explode in everyone’s eyes and this type of performance should help him to boost his minutes in the eyes of his coach…

✅ ⛔ Barton. If the Wizards winger was able to black out the stats sheet (14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists), we can’t forget that he sometimes fumbled in the attack and made more dangerous choices, shooting for example ( 4/12), as in addition to getting some defensive gusts. Consistent with his start to the season, finally. Because, even at this moment Wes Unseld Jr. maintains. his trust in him as the leader of his bench, he may see his playing time reduced, so that Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert and others Jordan Goodwin or Johnny Davis can be happy.

Luka Doncic. Instead of thinking about the failed games of Maxi Kleber, JaVale McGee or Josh Green, we prefer to evoke the recent missed and garbage-filled performance from the Slovenian (8/21 on shots, 3/8 on 3- pts, 3/9 throws and 5 lost balls…). Author of a back to back complicated, to say the least, this time he had a hard time getting rid of Deni Avdija, one of his assigned bodyguards. And when “Luka Magic” coughed, whole Mavs game coughed on him…

THE FOLLOWING

Washington (6-6) : reception of Utah, in the evening from Saturday to Sunday (00:00).

Dallas (6-5) : Portland reception, in the evening from Saturday to Sunday (02:30).

Washington / 113 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
A. Gill 15 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 0 -7 2 4
K. Kuzma 41 14/26 5/11 3/3 2 9 11 7 2 1 4 0 -2 36 39
C. Kispert 23 2/4 1/2 2/2 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 +5 7 8
D. Avdija 32 4/13 1/4 3/3 2 4 6 4 4 1 3 0 -2 12 11
Mr. Morris 19 3/6 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 3 2 0 1 0 -4 6 6
R. Hachimura 26 9/14 2/4 3/3 0 8 8 0 2 0 4 0 +20 23 22
W. Barton 29 4/12 3/7 3/3 1 6 7 4 1 0 2 1 +7 14 16
D. Gafford 25 3/3 0/0 5/6 2 8 10 0 3 0 1 4 +11 11 23
J. Goodwin 29 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 6 7 6 2 1 2 0 +12 2 11
41/84 12/30 19/20 8 44 52 26 21 5 17 5 113 140
dallas / 105 Shots Bounces
Players minimum Shots 3 points LF Or D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Score
D. Finney-Smith 30 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 5 5 2 3 1 2 0 +4 5 7
R. Bullock 27 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 5 5 2 1 1 0 0 +1 6 12
D. Powell 26 6/9 0/0 2/2 4 3 7 0 2 1 1 0 +5 14 18
S. Dinwiddie 38 11/17 7/12 4/4 0 4 4 6 2 1 1 0 +3 33 37
L. Doncic 39 8/21 3/8 3/9 0 9 9 6 2 2 5 0 -6 22 15
Mr. Kleber 21 1/6 0/5 0/0 0 3 3 2 2 1 0 0 -22 2 3
T. Hardaway Jr. 28 5/12 5/11 1/2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -7 16 10
J. McGee 8 1/4 0/0 1/2 1 2 3 0 1 0 2 1 -7 3 1
F. Ntilikina 4 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 +4 0 0
J. Green 19 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 -15 4 3
F. Campazzo 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Pinson 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hardy 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37/86 18/47 13/21 7 34 41 19 13 9 12 1 105 106

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