Tiktuknu: Summary of today's events in sports, 25.1 (Sport1)
A few hours before the start of the game against Dallas tonight (between Tuesday and Wednesday), Washington's general manager Tommy Shepherd explained that the trade for Roy Hachimura was intended, among other things, to free up more playing minutes for Danny Avdia.
The Israeli must have heard the words and responded accordingly, with one of his best games of the season against the Mavericks.
Avdia became the first player since Kelly Oubre in February 2019 to record at least 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals off the bench.
Along the way, he set a new career record of 11 free throws (the previous one was only six), of which he hit six - this is also, of course, a new career record.
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"One of the big reasons for the trade was to free up minutes for Danny," Shepard said.
"Defensively, I think we need him on the floor. He has also become a good secondary playmaker and he is only 22 years old, he has a bright future. When minutes are taken away from him, it is difficult."
Wes Anseld said similar things after the game: "Danny will probably benefit a little as a playmaker, the ball will be in his hands a little more. I still don't know if he will play more in position 3 or 4, but it will allow us a little more flexibility."
Indeed, Corey Kispert did start in the top five, but Avdia got 32 minutes off the bench - in only one game in the last month did he play more, en route to his second double-double in January and fifth of the season.
Only Kyle Kuzma had a better plus-minus (+4 for Abadia, +8 for Kuzma), and the Israeli was even on the floor in the decisive minutes, contributing to the dramatic 126:127 over the Mavericks - the team's third consecutive victory from the capital.
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"It's Abadiah's time," NBC wrote after the game.
"The fact that Washington sent a player who was selected ninth in the draft is no small matter, it proves that Danny is trusted and given a big chance. He was solid in his first attempt, and it will be interesting to see how he will look in the future in his new role. Roy's departure means more shots for Abdia, but It will be more important to see which shots these are. Maybe Danny will play closer to the basket, more as a power forward than a small forward, maybe this is the team's best option in light of Avdia's bad percentages outside the arc."
It was also written that "Abadiah showed flashes of what it looks like when he's close to the basket. He shot only one three-pointer and instead attacked the basket a lot more, and also shot a career-high 11 times from the line. He looks more assertive on the dribble, even with his left hand. He's the one you need To take the opportunity given to him, right now his path is completely open."
It's the second straight season that Washington has completed a two-game sweep of Dallas, having not done so in the previous 14 years.
"It's easy to get excited about one show, but we have a long foreign tour," Enseld concluded.
"Winning in a difficult hall, with an understaffed team - this could be the start of something."
On the other side, 41 points and 15 rebounds from Luka Doncic were not enough for the Mavs.
The big star missed a fateful free throw and in the last attack, trailing by a point, tried twice to find Spencer Dinwiddie, and failed.
Delon Wright caught the last ball.
"It was the right move," Dinwiddie said.
At the end, Dinwiddie closed an account with the ex and at the same time, also criticized his own group.
"They're not playing for anything real," he said of the Wizards.
"They're just trying to get money there, not play winning basketball."
About the Mavs he said: "For a team with real ambitions, with an MVP, that reached the Eastern Conference finals last year, we have to improve."
Kyle Kuzma's response
The Wizards are now 26:21.
On the night between Thursday and Friday, they will continue their foreign journey and will stay with Houston.