On Tuesday, news broke that Washington Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal would miss at least two weeks with a stress fracture. For the Wizards so far, it appears to be a no Beal no problem type attitude, as Washington has won two games since the injury. Washington first shredded up the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 116-111. Playing without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers struggled to get going on the offensive end and it was John Wall (31 points, 9 assists) and Nene scored a career high 30 points to lead the way for the Wizards. Without Beal, Washington has played a much more team oriented style, and every player on the floor has done an exceptional job at contributing.
Nov 26, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball as Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake (5) defends in the first quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Yesterday, Washington captured their third consecutive win, topping the lonely Milwaukee Bucks in overtime, 100-92. Once again, it was Wall leading the way for Washington and with the help of Trevor Ariza, who is back from injury, and Martell Webster, the Wizards hit clutch shots to topple the Bucks.
A major factor that goes unnoticed in Washington’s recent success is the big contributions from center Marcin Gortat. Gortat is averaging nearly a double double and has been an imposing force down low, one the Wizards have not seen in many years.
After a quick Thanksgiving Day break, Washington will pick back up where they left as the Wizards travel to Indianapolis to take on the 14-1 Pacers.