SAN ANTONIO – Washington struggled offensively and suffered some communication breakdowns defensively in essential conditions, however Wizards coach Scott Brooks might forgive these lapses.
After being unable to play for 2 weeks, Brooks and the Wizards had been merely completely happy to be again on the courtroom.
Patty Mills scored 21 factors, Lonnie Walker IV added 16 and the San Antonio Spurs used their depth to beat Washington 121-101 on Sunday evening within the Wizards’ first recreation since Jan. 11.
“This complete season for us has been bizarre,” Brooks stated. “Undoubtedly, I don’t assume I’ll ever undergo something like this once more. All of it occurred after one recreation after one other. We are able to’t hold dwelling on it, we’ve to place it behind us. We received the primary recreation in. I’m glad we did that.”
The Wizards had their earlier six video games postponed as a result of they didn’t have sufficient eligible gamers because of the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Washington was enjoying for the primary time since beating the visiting Phoenix Suns 128-107.
Brooks stated the Wizards solely started practising throughout the final three days and had to make use of video displays on the bench to point out their offensive units to not too long ago signed gamers like Alex Len.
The Wizards nonetheless had six gamers ineligible towards the Spurs, together with Rui Hachimura. Washington pale down the stretch as Brooks primarily used an eight-man rotation.
“It’s not regular,” stated Bradley Beal, who led Washington with 31 factors. “I simply received performed getting examined after the sport, so it’s not regular. We’re doing numerous issues on the fly. It’s simply the next-man-up mentality.”
The Spurs used a balanced assault to reap the benefits of the Wizards’ lack of exercise. San Antonio had 27 assists and completed with a 20-3 benefit in fast-break factors.
“Sharing the ball, competing, following the sport plan and making an attempt to take benefit,” Spurs level guard Dejounte Murray stated.
Murray, who missed the second half of Friday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks with a sprained left ankle, had 11 factors, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second profession triple-double.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 factors, Devin Vassell had 14 factors and Keldon Johnson 13 for San Antonio.
Jerome Robinson scored 16 factors for Washington. Russell Westbrook had 9 factors, eight rebounds and 6 assists in 25 minutes.
“I feel all of our guys are going to need to get again in NBA rhythm,” Brooks stated. “It’s been completely taken away from us.”
Wizards: Hachimura, Deni Avdija, Davis Bertans, Troy Brown Jr., Ish Smith and Moe Wagner all missed the sport because of the league’s well being and security protocols. … Selecting to not reveal any names, Brooks stated a number of gamers have begun understanding and will return quickly. “They most likely won’t come on this highway journey, however can be again quickly,” he stated. … Level guard Cassius Winston was nonetheless carrying his medical masks upon coming into the sport for Westbrook within the first quarter. Somebody from the bench yelled at Winston, who apparently forgot he had his masks on. He shortly took it off and tossed it towards the bench.
Spurs: Vassell is the primary Spurs rookie with 4 or extra 3-pointers in a recreation since Gary Neal in 2011. Vassell can be the sixth Spurs participant with a minimum of 4 3-pointers in a recreation this season. Mills heads the checklist with 4 such video games, adopted by Walker with two. Vassell, Johnson, Aldridge and Rudy Homosexual every have one. … Murray collected his 1,000th profession rebound in 202 video games with the Spurs. He has 21 video games with 10-plus rebounds in 4 seasons.
Wizards: Proceed a three-game journey Tuesday towards the Houston Rockets.
Spurs: At New Orleans on Monday evening.
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