Wizards suffer ugly loss to Knicks without Beal originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington.
posted their second-lowest point total of the season Friday night, as they lost an ugly one to the Knicks 109-91 without Bradley Beal.
With the loss, the Wizards fall to 6-17 on the year, which is good for the third-worst record in the NBA.
Playing without Bradley Beal isn’t easy.
It turns out, trying to score with the NBA’s leading scorer on the floor is hard. Without Bradley Beal, who’s good for over 30 points a night, the Wizards had to basically scrap for every bucket they had Friday night.
It helped that they had a nine-time All-Star in Russell Westbrook directing traffic, but against a good Knicks defense, the Wizards went through a few dry stretches in this game.
The “Ewing Theory” applies to teams that inexplicably play better when their best player isn’t in.
These Wizards do not qualify as a “Ewing Theory” team. They need Beal to win games and nights like these add to his All-Star, All-NBA and MVP cases.
Westbrook runs the show.
Westbrook had been settling for pull-up jumpers far too often recently. So it was good to see him breaking down the defense and then kicking it to open Wizards shooters.
The shots just haven’t been falling for this team from 3-point land. The best version of the Wizards will include Westbrook putting constant pressure on the rim.
Knicks’ bad offense rolls.
If there was a team for the Wizards to have a good night defensively against, the Knicks had to be toward the top of that list. They came into Friday’s game with the fifth-worst offense in the NBA.
They don’t have a lot of shooting, their primary playmakers are young and inexperienced, and they run pretty much everything through Julius Randle.
All due respect to Randle — he’s having a career year and playing great — but if he’s your No. 1 option, it doesn’t exactly bode well for your offense.
Still, the Wizards struggled to get stops in this game. The Knicks dominated inside, scoring 58 points in the paint, capitalized off of 14 Wizards turnovers.
Seemed comfortable in an area of the game they haven’t been good all season. When the Wizards defend, they can play with anyone. It just hasn’t happened much this season UFA.