When the Washington Wizards came into the season, they were hoping for a spot in the NBA Playoffs next spring. Instead, they find themselves sitting at the bottom of the standings with the Philadelphia 76ers. Wednesday night failed to produce a first win for the team. The Toronto Raptors defeated the Wizards by a score of 113-103, as reported by ESPN.
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Toronto Raptors starters
DeMar DeRozan came out with a fury against the Washington Wizards. He played very much like an All-Star guard does. DeRozan put up 40 points, despite being a little hobbled by an injury. He also managed to add five rebounds, five assists, and two steals during the game. DeRozan outplayed Bradley Beal, who was handed a contract over the summer worth approximately $128 million.
Kyle Lowry, the other starting guard for the Toronto Raptors, had 18 points on a very good shooting night. His four steals also helped out as well. It kept the Wizards from being a bit hesitant to pass towards his direction.
Jonas Valanciunas had a solid night for Toronto. The center had 10 points and seven rebounds. Valanciunas is capable of more, but the Raptors did not need it against the Washington Wizards.
DeMarre Carroll struggled with his outside shot, hitting only one of the five that he attempted. However, the 6-foot-8 forward managed to contribute defensively with two steals and a block.
Pascal Siakam continues to hold the starting forward spot for the injured Jared Sullinger. He has not done a great job by any means, but he has been solid enough to retain his spot thus far. Siakam will more than likely be returned to the bench when Sullinger is ready for action again.
Toronto Raptors bench
Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson provided an offensive spark off the bench for the Raptors. They combined for 25 points.
Jakob Poeltl played 17 minutes off the bench, but the rookie center did not take a single shot attempt. He did, however, have five rebounds, a steal, and a block. Poeltl missed all three shots that he took during the previous game, so that might have contributed to a lack of confidence in this one.
Washington Wizards starters
John Wall put up tremendous numbers across the board. The 6-foot-3 guard had 33 points, five rebounds, 11 assists, three steals, and a block. Wall did struggle to protect the ball, giving up nine turnovers. Doing that negates a lot of the good things that he did on offense. It also affects his team being able to get into a rhythm.
Otto Porter, Jr. flashed potential of the NBA star that he could possibly be. The 23-year-old forward had 23 points and 13 rebounds. Porter also only missed two of the 13 shots that he took. While it would be very hard to average those numbers, if Porter can get close to that on a consistent basis, then the Wizards will have that third star that they have been seeking. It would also make it easier to get to the NBA Playoffs.
Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat combined for 30 points. The latter also grabbed 10 rebounds. That is the type of help that John Wall needs if the team wants to make it to the postseason. Beal, in particular, needs to be more productive because of the expectations that come with receiving a gigantic new contract.
Washington Wizards bench
Since the starting lineup produced so well, the Wizards only needed a small contribution from their bench. They received even less than that. None of the backup players scored more than five points. Trey Burke and Kelly Oubre, Jr. played a combined 13 minutes. Neither one of them took a shot. They also combined for four turnovers.
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