The Washington coach and the team's players compliment Danny Avdia after the victory in San Antonio (@washwizardsil)
Washington will meet Toronto tonight (between Thursday and Friday), for an important battle in the playoff battles in the East.
A win for the Wizards would give them a record equal to that of the Raptors (in this case - 32:30), who are currently in ninth place, and would help them increase the gap from 11th ranked Chicago.
Kristaps Porzingis will return after two games out with a knee injury, while Monte Morris is suffering from back pain and will miss the next few games.
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Danny Avdia started 32 games this season, and came off the bench in another 22.
When asked about the differences, he replied: "These are different roles, there's no doubt, and I'm adapting. Starting in the top five is amazing, you shouldn't take it for granted. The expectations are different. When I start, I have to be a complete player who does everything, like a Swiss army knife, create for Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma And Porzingis. When I come off the bench I should be more aggressive, provide points. Defense should always be there, whether from the five or from the bench."
In the victory over Atlanta, the Israeli pulled down 13 rebounds, and this season he recorded a career record in this area - 6.3 rebounds per evening.
"I like to take a rebound, help the taller ones with a box out," he said.
"I can have a less good night offensively, but I will always be aggressive on the board and in defense and make an impact in other ways. This is my bread and butter. I hope I continue like this. I like to take rebounds and run because I create a lot of situations for my friends such as three-pointers in transition, passing, making decisions."
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Avdia (Photo: GettyImages, Jess Rapfogel)
Avdia was asked about his ability to influence games in ways that don't necessarily include shooting, and said: "I got to the NBA and I had to make an impact, the ball wasn't always with me and I wanted to be on the floor at the end of games, and I had to do the dirty work. Take rebounds, create for others, And I love doing it."
On the final alignment for the season he said: "We have to stay together, we know what needs to be done. We know we have the necessary talent, we need to be focused."
Coach Wes Anseld also complimented the rebounding abilities that the Israeli recently discovered and said: "It's his mindset, he knows that if he takes a rebound then he has a free license to run for a burst, and maybe that encourages him to be a little more aggressive. We trust him to do so, it's one of his strengths . Taking a rebound is the most important thing in defense, you can guard as well as possible, but you have to close the possession. Danny takes it upon himself, and so does Kuzma. Danny is great at that."