The Wizards won both games in Toronto to begin the series and now head back to Washington to try and close the door. Randy Wittman has went with a nine man rotation en route to the 2-0 start, MyMindOnSports’ Troy Jefferson grades those players on their performance through two games.
Spoiler: everyone is passing.
John Wall- B+
Wall had a rough shooting day in game 1 but still was able to impact the game positively with solid defense and excellent ball control, turning it over just once in 43 minutes of action. The star point guard bounced back nicely in game 2, with a 26 point (on 50% shooting) and 17 assist game. Wall also made it hard on Raptors’ guards Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez, who combined to go 5/17.
Bradley Beal- A
After an injury riddled season, Beal has stepped up big time in the first two games of this series. Beal like Wall struggled shooting the ball in game 1 but made up for it other ways, hauling in nine rebounds and dishing out six assists. In game 2, “Inner Brad” emerged or Beal’s angrier on court alter ego, who erupted for 28 points, 20 of which came in the first half.
Paul Pierce- A+
I’m giving Paul Pierce an A+ because of the emotional edge he’s bought to the Wizards especially the younger players during the playoffs. I mean Otto Porter was even talking a little smack on Tuesday night. Pierce also carried the load offensively at different times in game 1, finishing with 20 points in 37 minutes.
Marcin Gortat- A
Gortat has been a bully on the boards and has been efficient from the field. The Raptors haven’t had an answer for the Wall-Gortat pick and roll either. 16/8/3 blocks in game 2 was enough for me to give the Polish Hammer an “A” through two games.
Otto Porter- A
I should just start calling him “Mr. Little Things.” Mr. Little Things finally had his efforts rewarded in the box score on Tuesday. Otto had 15 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes of action. If you had to choose one player on the Wizards, who has elevated his game the most from the regular season to postseason, I would have to say it’s been Otto.
Nene has been the odd man out in the Wizards “small” rotation (Wall/Beal/Otto/Pierce/Gortat) but he’s still been a menace on the boards, totatling 22 through two games. Only problem, I’ve had with Nene is that he hasn’t used his frame more and looked for his own shot, Raptors don’t have a player that can matchup with him.
Kevin Seraphin- B+
Seraphin was the player most hurt by trading Andre Miller, the quicker pace with Sessions takes away from his set plays. But when it comes to scoring options off the bench, Seraphin is the Wizards best option. Seraphin buoyed Washington’s offense in game 1, scoring 10 points in a 17 minute stretch.
Drew Gooden- C-
Maybe I’m missing something but I just don’t get what Drew Gooden gives you in this series, he’s shooting 25% and is a step slow on defense. Speaks to the lack of a stretch four on the Wizards bench.
Ramon Sessions- B
Sessions hasn’t done anything spectacular but he doesn’t have to. If he can just keep the ship on course for the 4-6 minutes that Wall is on the bench, then he’s done his job. So far, he’s done his job.