Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and the new-look Detroit Pistons won their season opener in convincing fashion, beating the Washington Wizards 113-102 Wednesday night.
Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Trevor Ariza added 19 as the Washington Wizards erased a 16-point third-quarter deficit before pulling away for a 101-82 preseason victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
With the Redskins off to a 1-4 start, the Capitals 2-4, and the Wizards 0-2 in the preseason, the professional representatives in the D.C. sports landscape are following a negative trend that haunts the area’s teams this time every year, and is showing no sign of letting up.
Two weeks ago, Gilbert Arenas told TMZ he could beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one. Yesterday, he posted a photo on Instagram proving he’s already handled MJ on the court at least once.
Upon inking a contract extension for five years, $80 million, John Wall immediately turned around to start giving it away. Wall will donate $1 million to D.C.-area charities, because as he told Lavar & Dukes Thursday: “It’s not all about me.”
By drafting Otto Porter then re-signing Martell Webster, the Wizards have demonstrated the desire for depth of a playoff-bound franchise, a gesture which hasn’t gone unnoticed with the players.
The Wizards wrapped up a 3-day minicamp Thursday ahead of their upcoming Summer League games in Las Vegas, where the star attraction was rookie Otto Porter, who’s currently enduring the struggles of adjusting to the NBA’s style of play.
Bradley Beal is still recovering from his ankle injury that caused him to miss the tail end of the Wizards 2012-13 season, and admits he probably rushed back “a little too early,” which he says will probably keep him from full participation with Team USA.
The Washington Wizards officially added free agent Eric Maynor and re-signed Garrett Temple for backcourt depth behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.
The Wizards have reached an agreement on a 4-year contract extension with Martell Webster.