Tonight was supposed to be a little bit more of a scrimmage against Maccabi Haifa, but instead with many of the Wizards bench players taking the majority of the minutes t tonight, Haifa was not going to just lay down and let the Wizards walk over them, they did however escape with a 101-95 victory.
Late in the game the Wizards were once again hit with the injury bug as Glen Rice Jr. went down with an apparent ankle injury and did not return to the game.
“A contested shot came down and he turned his foot. It will be day-to-day. We will look at it in the morning and get the swelling out of there hopefully, said Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman.
For the Wizards this game was another chance for Wittman to evaluate some of his bench players and who would make the final roster. With the injury to Beal and Webster, the Wizards can only hope that there is no more than a twisted ankle and maybe Wittman sits him out Saturday against Charlotte.
The Wizards had another strong outing from Otto Porter, who led the way with 19 points and figures to be a starter in the absence of Beal for the opener on October 29th against Miami.
“I definitely wanted to come out aggressive, just wanted to come out and play hard. A game like this, it’s easy for us to take a day off, but I wanted to show that this was a regular season game for me, said Porter after the game.
Dagan Yivzori led Maccabi with 23 points, going 7 of 8 from 3-point range. Maccabi made 12 3-pointers, including eight in the first half when it took a 55-54 lead.
Washington took the lead for good at 94-91 on Damion James’ 3-point play with 3:21 remaining.