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Wizards Conclude Preseason with a Romp over the Long-Lions

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Updated: October 13, 2018

The Washington Wizards ended their preseason with a 140-111 victory over the Guangzhou Long-Lions, but to call it a game would be a disservice. It was more like an exhibition.

John Wall and Bradley Beal sat out — “rest” was listed as the parenthetical reason when the starting lineups were disseminated to the media. Tomas Satoransky and Austin Rivers started in their stead. The only significant action Wall and Beal had took place prior to tipoff:

With all due respect to the coaches and hard-working players of the Long-Lions, it is virtually impossible to draw a line from how any member of the Wizards played in this gam3 to how they will play when the regular season starts next week. Still, there are players like Troy Brown Jr., Devin Robinson and Jodie Meeks, who have received little to no playing time in the preseason. Every bit of live action they can get — preseason or otherwise — serves as useful, invaluable experience. But even then, they only have five games to put their talents on display.

Coach Scott Brooks acknowledged the challenges of the bench and fringe players before the game:

“That’s always the hard thing for guys that are trying to make the team. You try to give them as many minutes as you can in the game and in preseason game — because now there’s only four and tonight’s five — and a lot of team cuts that we had used to be (after) eight, so you had a game or two.”

Despite the challenges of the truncated preseason and the lack of an NBA-like intensity from the Long-Lions, there was still a game played on Friday night, which means there were still a few points to be gleaned from the contest.

  • Otto Porter played a little under eight minutes, and in that time, he did not miss a single shot. He was 2-of-2 from 3-point range, 1-of-1 from the free throw line, and 2-of-2 from the field otherwise. At one point, he drove to the basket, hit a tough layup over Shirelijian Muxtar of the Long-Lions, and then gave his teammates on the bench a subtle flex before going to the free-throw line.
  • Long-Lions forward, and former NBA player (and World Champion) Marreese Speights, does not play defense, block shots, or rebound the way a 6-foot-10 player should. But the one thing he can do is score, and that facet of his game was on display agains the Wizards repeatedly. He scored 13 points in the first six minutes, and 20 points in the first half on 7-for-10 shooting, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. His high shooting percentage dwindled a bit in the second half, but his shot attempts (17) did not, and he finished with 41 points on 27 shots.

  • Rookie Troy Brown Jr. isn’t all that quick on- or off-the-ball, and he still lacks the confidence to shoot from the field consistently. But much like he did during summer league, Brown still finds ways to contribute to the team. He had 21 points (nine from the free throw line and 12 from 13 feet or closer), he grabbed eight rebounds, and he had four assists thanks his unique ability to see the entire court at all times

  • Devin Robinson led the Wizards with 23 points, but he added six rebounds, two steals and two blocks (on the same possession). Coach Brooks tried to curb all of the enthusiasm surrounding Robinson’s big game by saying he “had to develop” and get “a little stronger.” But Robinson’s biggest asset to the Wizards — whether he makes the roster or gets sent down to the G-league — is his athleticism and that was on display in abundance against the Long-Lions:

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  • Regular season Game 1.
  • Wizards host the Miami Heat.
  • 8 pm ET on Thursday, Oct. 18.
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Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008—his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop, USAToday.com, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.