Danny Avdia in a shooting competition at Washington practice (from Twitter)
In the NBA, starting tonight (Sunday), Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated with a marathon of games into the night, and Danny Avdia will also take part in the celebration.
Washington's Israeli forward will host Golden State at a relatively convenient time for his followers from Israel (22:00), and will try to help the Wizards surprise.
Bradley Beal may be back on the field, but Washington's big test will be on defense.
Steph Curry, who has been cleared to play back-to-back games, is scheduled to take part in the game, which will take place less than 24 hours after the Warriors' loss in Chicago.
On the other hand, it is still unclear if Klay Thompson will play.
Either way, Avdia may guard Kerry for some minutes, and will try to narrow his steps.
Before the game, Washington coach Wes Anseld Jr. was asked about Avdia's defensive development compared to last season, and explained: "He's doing a better job avoiding fouls. He's more disciplined, he feels better who he's guarding, he knows the players better to his left. We've seen him guard players like DeMar DeRozan and Jaylen Bronson who know how to fool you and how to get fouls out of you. He's less susceptible to the traps these players lay for him."
Avdia in a previous meeting against Golden State (Photo: Reuters)
As far as the attack is concerned, Avdia has been showing less ability recently and has remained on a single digit number of points in the last four games.
Avdia stayed last yesterday after the Wizards' practice to practice shooting alongside Bradley Beal, and in the videos that went online, we can see him competing in shooting with Corey Kispert, one of the team's best shooters.
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In addition, Avdia was recorded losing a one-on-one training session to Marcin Gortat, the former center of the Wizards and who is defined as an "honorary assistant coach" in the team.
"The young guy has huge potential, but he still can't beat me," Gortat teased him on Instagram, and Avdia wrote to him in response: "Madderpacker, I'm going to take revenge on you."