WAS vs PHX, NBA
Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 05:30 AM
Based strictly on the potential fireworks of a Beal-Westbrook backcourt, the Wizards have a fighting chance to slug their way into the playoff (or play-in tournament) mix this season. They immediately join the list of the league’s most electrifying and productive backcourt tandems. Chasing a playoff berth also will require Brooks working a number of an equivalent magic he did with Westbrook as his point guard in Oklahoma City (from 2008-15). Beal and Westbrook’s collective health are going to be of the utmost importance, given the shortage of star power elsewhere and therefore the Wizards’ depth issues. If Avdija finishes up being ready before expected, which will give the Wizards another unexpected boost. Either way, there should be only enough to stay this crew relevant within the playoff hunt this season.
running the table within the bubble and giving themselves a much-needed jolt of confidence. Their surprising stay within the Orlando restart didn’t end in a playoff appearance but they departed with good vibes nonetheless. Two individuals especially saw their status soar therein 8-0 stretch: Devin Booker and coach Monty Williams. Booker played exceptionally well, while the Suns were prepared and motivated to end strong by their first-year coach. Before the restart, they were 13 games under .500 and addressed the standard growing pains of a team in transition under new direction and leadership. Ricky Rubio, Aron Baynes and Kelly Oubre were helpful, especially after Deandre Ayton served a suspension for a positive test of performance enhancing substances. within the end, Booker did not make the playoffs again — he’s never done so in his six-year career — and therefore the Suns went home early.
Washington Wizards: W – 2, L – 3
Phoenix Suns: W – 4, L – 1