Ball Movement Key to Win
Two things stood out to me after watching a replay of last night's 108-88 win at New Jersey:
1. Dee Brown played by far his best game as a Wizard.
2. The overall ball movement was outstanding.
Obviously the two things were related. Brown, who continues to start at point guard, finished with eight points, seven assists and zero turnovers and nailed a pair of big threes when the Wizards opened up a big second half lead.
The ball movement was contagious.
The Wiz finished with a season-high 33 assists (against only seven turnovers) and DeShawn Stevenson was a huge beneficiary as he was able to set his feet and release a few open jumpers. That hasn't been the case very often so far this season as Stevenson has been forced to take way too many contested jumpers with the shot clock winding down. That is not DeShawn's game.
- The Wizards entered last night's game as the worst three-point shooting team in the league but made 13 last night, so it would be a stretch to expect more of that tonight against Portland. But the crisp ball movement is something that can be replicated going forward. I would still like to see a few more drives to the basket in certain situations, but as long as those jumpers are going down, it's all good.
- Look for an update on Caron Butler's status before tonight's game. Butler banged knees with Bobby Simmons last night and returned to the game but that's usually the type of thing that can be a problem the next day after swelling sets in.
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