Washington literally drops the ball against Golden State

The Washington Wizards just can’t get it right, no matter how much they try. Last night they did almost all of the necessary things to secure a win against one of the best teams in the league. The one box they couldn’t check off ultimately became the reason for their demise.

Washington shot over 50% from the field in this game, also destroyed the Warriors on the glass 45-29, it would mean nothing as a season high 26 turnovers gave the ball back to the best shooting backcourt in basketball over and over again. Stephen Curry shined in his first game back, he missed the game against Indiana with a foot injury. The reigning three point shooting champion had 32 points, eight assists and two steals.

Paul Pierce led the Wizards with 25 points while John Wall recorded another double-double with 16 points and 11 assists, Wall struggled a bit from the floor. The Wizards did allow Golden State to shoot 50% from the field, but Washington shot better than them overall. Golden State was dialed in from beyond the arc, the Wizards struggled from that distance connecting on just five of their 18 attempts.

Five Takeaways

  • Golden State turned the ball over just nine times to Washington’s 26, it’s nearly impossible to win a game like that
  • Defense is still an issue for Washington as they struggled yet again on that end of the floor, while Golden State does a spectacular job spacing the floor it is still unacceptable for Washington to yield 52% shooting from deep to any opponent
  • Offensive spacing, the Wizards offense is still broken. They have one of the game’s best creators in John Wall yet they rarely give him enough space to let him do so. Washington wastes so many possessions with poor spacing
  • The bench had a decent night in terms of production, nearly keeping pace with Golden State’s second unit
  • John Wall had eight turnovers last night, that’s not typical for him. He seemed to be overpassing at times, even forcing it. Poor spacing plays a part in that, but John has to realize that as well.

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