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Washington is "starting to look like a team." The problem: "Abadiah is back standing in the corner" - voila! sport

2023-02-15T07:47:13.008Z


The Wizards celebrated the return of Kyle Kuzma and the offensive trio, Porzingis is encouraging for the rest, but Avdia may be left behind: "Again watching from the sidelines"


Washington continues to show good ability, and slowly accumulates victories that keep it strong in the fight for the playoffs or the playoffs.

This morning (Wednesday) the Wizards achieved one of their most impressive victories of the season - 101:126 over Portland away - and went up to a balance of 27 wins against 30 losses, which establishes them in tenth place in the Eastern Conference.

It was the third win in four games for Washington, when even in the loss to Golden State yesterday they were not far from victory.



Tonight the Wizards received a shot of energy from the return of Kyle Kuzma, who has been absent for the past two weeks due to injury.

The small forward, who is having the best season of his career statistically, came back very sharp and led Washington's scoring list with 33 points along with 9 rebounds.

Along with Kuzma, the Wizards enjoy what they already define as the "Big Three" - an offensive trio that includes Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis and Bradley Beal.

Tonight, the trio scored a combined 80 points, and together took 50 shots from the field - about 63% of Washington's total shots.



"Opposing teams have to choose who to put their best point guard on, and then one of us or two of us are more available," Kuzma said at the end.

"I think when the three of us play together, the opposing teams have to pick their poison. We don't step on each other's toes, we help each other flourish."



Porzingis, who scored 28 points, is also encouraging for the rest.

"Koz makes the lives of all of us much easier. He brought energy, shooting and rebounding, which is very important."

According to Porzingis, "We are starting to look like a team. Even in losses, we look like a team. If we continue like this, we can look really good for next season."

Mostly standing and looking.

Avdia (Photo: GettyImages, Amanda Loman)

But as far as Dani Avdia is concerned, the new situation is not necessarily encouraging.

Tonight he got just 18 minutes and finished with two points on 1-for-4 from the field, including 0-for-2 from three.

He also handed out 3 assists and pulled down 3 rebounds, but looked more passive compared to his good time last month.

It was Avdia's second straight game with single-digit points, and in those two games he went just 4-of-14 from the field, and 1-of-8 from three.

Also, he did not get a penalty in these two games, after in previous games he squeezed fouls and reached the line with high frequency.

Now even in the United States they are starting to wonder if the last two games mark the beginning of a worrying trend for Avdia.



"Nice win by the Wizards, but there's one thing I don't understand: one game they give Avdia more balls and allow him to be a central part of the attack, and now again they put him in the corners to watch the game from the sidelines? Tired of Wes Anseld Jr., he has no idea," he wrote One of the bloggers covering the Wizards.



Avdia himself was once again focused on the referees as well, after he again did not receive a whistle for a foul when he thought he deserved it.

In the United States there are those who admit that Avdia still does not get respect from the referees, and tonight he was seen having a heated conversation with one of them in the first quarter, ending it when he was frustrated and angry.

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"It's hard sometimes not to get the treatment you want or need from the referees," Washington coach Wes Anseld Jr. said before the game when asked about it, and sent a message to Abdia.

"There are decisions that have to be made in seconds. I always want my guys to aggressively go to the basket, and whether it ends in a foul or not - you have to get through it and keep playing. There will be teams that play more aggressively, and you have to be ready to fight it."

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