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Scott Brooks: "I told Danny Abdia that I'm proud of him, he'll be a good player in this league" - Walla! sport

2021-03-03T06:20:02.137Z

Before the loss to Memphis, the Washington coach backed the young Israeli: "Westbrook and Bill are pushing him because they think he's going to be very good. Every player in this league has good moments and hard moments, even Michael Jordan had those in his first season." The Wizards' writings are frustrated by the various lineups



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Scott Brooks: "I told Danny Abdia that I'm proud of him, he will be a good player in this league"

Before the loss to Memphis, the Washington coach backed the young Israeli: "Westbrook and Bill are pushing him because they think he's going to be very good. Every player in this league has good moments and hard moments, even Michael Jordan had those in his first season."

The Wizards' writings are frustrated by the various lineups

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Danny Abdia in shooting practice before the game against Minnesota (from Twitter)

After 14 consecutive games, Danny Abdia returned to scoring in double digits.

He had 10 points and 7 rebounds tonight (Tuesday through Wednesday), but that not-so-bad game came in a loss, sadly - 125: 111 to Memphis.

Washington now stands at 20:13, good enough for 13th place in the East - 2.5 games away from eighth-ranked Charlotte.



Abdia was once again left on the bench by Scott Brooks, who continued to walk with Garrison Matthews in the top five but this time gave him just 9 minutes.

Isak Bonga who won credit against Boston settled for ten minutes and Troy Brown partnered for just one minute.

This time, most of those minutes went to the Israeli, who has played the most since Feb. 14, scored the most points since Feb. 4, and after criticism from Brooks, has not committed a single offense - something that happened to him only once until tonight.



Brooks' bizarre lineups, who are not really used to playing together and not really benefiting from the Wizards, have also made U.S. journalists wonder.

"Why all this fuss about Abdia, Raoul Neto and Alex Len?"

Blogger Quinton Mayo tweeted.

"Mo Wagner and Grison Mathews started in the top five, and then did not play at all in the second half," added Ben Mahic.

"We needed something else," Brooks insisted, "it was not their fault we were 14 points behind."

In their place, Isak Bonga and Robin Lopez opened the third quarter, and they too found it difficult to contribute.

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10 points and 7 rebounds for Danny Abdia in Washington's loss to Memphis

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Not for the first time this season, Washington's offense revolved around just two players - Bradley Bill and Russell Westbrook.

With this duo at their peak, the Wizards look at times like a playoff team.

Tonight they were both far from it - Bill, usually a well-oiled attacking machine, finished with 23 points on 8 of 18 from the field, providing more losses (6) than assists (5).

Westbrook did deliver 15 turnovers, but also added 8 turnovers and finished with 4 of 9 from the penalties.



"You would take any player ranked in the top 10 in losses," Brooks insisted.

"These are the players who create situations for their teams, and Russell is no different. He loses one more ball than I would like (4.8 per game), I think he should be on more or less three, he should get better and he knows it. But a lot of it still depends on learning the our friend".



"One has to wonder how good the Wizards would have been if they had run creative drills on offense," Mahitch added.

"Davis in a trance is a certified sniper and Danny Abdia is a 2.05-foot-tall playmaker, and yet, the offense includes the same Bill's offensive move over and over again."

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Even before the game, Mahitch published a column entitled "The Wizards Forget Abdia's Talent," in which he wrote, among other things: "2.05-level forwards don't grow on trees, so when an NBA team can steal one, logic says that's what it should do. The Wizards were lucky. Abdia fell to ninth place, after predictions talked about a selection in the top 5. Very few NBA teams can justify not playing with a talented 2.05m forward, or barely running exercises for him. But the team that is at the bottom of the table most of the season has no excuse ... "With every minute lost, every mistake, every loss of confidence, the Wizards are missing out on a rare opportunity to advance their careers in Washington."



"Russell Westbrook and Bradley Bill are pushing Abdia," Brooks insisted before the game.

"They know this kid is going to be very good this year and even better later on, otherwise they would not have pushed him. Trust me. I love him and his teammates love him. Danny is going to be a good player in this league. No rookie until this season has had a situation without "A summer league, without a real training camp, with Corona's procedures. He missed three weeks in the middle of the season and it's hard to get through."



The Washington coach added: "It's normal to have good moments and hard moments, it happens to every player in this league. I'm sure Michael Jordan also had a few moments playing in his rookie season. I coached Westbrook in his first season, he had a lot of bad games."



When asked about the conversation he had with the young Israeli before the game, the coach said: "I told him I was proud of him. He went through it. He will continue to develop and improve as the season continues."

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