Tiktuknu: today's summary clip in sports, 1.1 (Sport 1)
Washington continues to enjoy its positive streak, as tonight (between Sunday and Monday) recorded a fifth victory in a row, 95:118 in Milwaukee, with the Wizards enjoying a series of encouraging signs.
Six Washington players scored double-digit points, Kyle Kuzma and Roy Hachimura continue to show encouraging signs of improvement, and yes, Danny Abedia also continues to put up nice numbers as a complementary player on a successful and winning team, which is all he hoped for from his NBA career.
It should be noted that Milwaukee played without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who in his last six games is averaging 28 points and 14.6 rebounds, but rested tonight because of knee pain.
The ailing Jrue Holiday was also absent and Khris Middleton sat out for the eighth straight game with knee problems.
But the Wizards also played without their star Bradley Beal, yet they managed to win and interrupt Milwaukee's four-game winning streak to improve their record to 21:17.
Danny Avdia provided "proof of the impact he can have"
"The risk paid off": Washington compliments Danny Abdia's "huge move".
No longer just a defender.
Avdia (Photo: Reuters)
Avdia recorded a double-double for the fifth time this season.
The Israeli finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists in his 29 minutes on the court, including another nice dunk, this time at the expense of Joe Ingles.
Avdia also finished with 4 turnovers (besides 2 steals) and 0 of 3 from three, but again he was an important part of the team formation.
In the last ten games Avdia is averaging 10.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 51.1 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from three and 94.4 percent from the line.
This means that Avdia is dominant not only in Washington's defense, but also in its offense.
The fact that last week it was announced that the Washington management was looking for a trade but rejected an offer to include Avdia in it also gives confidence to the player, and illustrates the trust in him.
What's more encouraging for Washington and Avdia is the energy: tonight the Wizards started strong, knowing that they were facing a missing squad, and led 17:34 at the end of the first quarter.
"The goal is to be dominant, and it doesn't matter who is in front of you," said Kyle Kuzma at the end, who finished with a triple double of 10, 13 and 11, "if those players don't play, you should beat those teams."
More in Walla!
It's so delicious and simple: a recipe for caramelized bananas
In collaboration with the Galil company
Short rotation, correct use of tools, aggressiveness and speed.
Washington is in the right direction (Photo: GettyImages, Julio Aguilar)
In addition, Washington continues to learn to take advantage of the tools it has.
The Wizards again played with two centers - Daniel Gafford who scored 17 points and Kristaps Porzingis who scored 22 - and in total Washington pushed the ball in, scoring 72 points in the paint, with the disadvantage of Giannis being noticeable and Brook Lopez getting into early foul trouble.
The Wizards manage to consolidate, which is also reflected in the short and stable rotation: apart from the five players, only three other players from the bench played 19 minutes or more.
Hachimura at his peak, Kuzma managing everything, Gafford aggressive.
The Wizards cheer (Photo: GettyImages, Rob Carr)
The two bright spots are, as mentioned, Kyle Kuzma and Roy Hachimura.
Kuzma shot just 5 of 16 from the field, yet recorded his second career triple-double and earned praise from his coach.
"He is our playmaker, and by and large," Washington coach Wes Anseld Jr. said of Kuzma, "also manages the game, extends the game for us, also with his back to the basket... The pace he dictates the game has also been very good for us, so he Doing a little bit of everything."
In addition, Hachimura continues to come off the bench and give numbers: tonight he scored 26, including 16 in the first half, with 11 of 18 from the field and 3 of 5 from three, and in the last five games he is not only averaging 21.1 points and 60 percent from the field - but also with great confidence, when he repeatedly comes off the bench and gives a significant boost to the team.
On Tuesday night, the Wizards will play again in Milwaukee against the Bucks, perhaps with an improved roster, and Avdia and his friends will face another test in an attempt to continue on the right path for them.