Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
While there has been a lot of talk about what the Wizards have done without John Wall, tonight was well.. much less talk as the Wizards sort of looked lost at times in the game and had just one scoring threat tonight, Otto Porter Jr. You could see Wall on the bench looking in a helpless state just wishing he wasn’t dressed like going into the boardroom, but rather checking back in the game to check Curry or Durant.
Bradley Beal didn’t make a field goal until late in the third quarter, and finished with just 8 points on 3-of-15 shooting. He had 5 turnovers as well, and pretty much disappeared as Klay Thompson became stuck to his jersey like glue. Without Beal and help from the others, the Wizards struggle to get any closer when they are down by double digits.
“We have to do a better job finding outlets for scoring when Brad is just doubled and having a tough night getting his shots to go. Give credit to Klay, he put a lot of pressure on Brad to make shots and he just couldn’t really get it going tonight,” said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks.
Speaking of Brooks, Kevin Durant lit up the defense of his former coach for 32 points, on 12-of-20 shooting (3-of-6 from deep). Stephen Curry added 25 points on a rough 5-of-15 shooting from the field, but went 11-of-12 from the charity stripe. Draymond Green had a heady double-double with 11 points and 11 assists.
Green had another one of his usual nights when he sent the officials to the replay screen to see the so-called foul on Ian Mahimi, which to everyone in attendance looked like a no call flop from Green.