After losing two important games and losing ground in the playoff battles, Washington will try to get back to winning tonight (between Sunday and Monday) at midnight, although the strong Philadelphia will face her, and she will be faced by the one who looks like the hottest player in the NBA in recent times, Joel Embiid.
For Danny Avdia, this will be another opportunity to get back to business.
In the last three games, Abadiah's productivity has decreased significantly, and accordingly, the playing minutes have decreased as well.
In the last two losses to Atlanta, he scored only 7 points, and in Washington the beginning of criticism was already heard - not only because of the declining numbers, but also because of Avdia's behavior with the referees.
Before the game, Kyle Kuzma was interviewed and sent a message, which seems to be aimed at Abadia, among other things.
"We have to stop thinking about how many fouls we squeeze, and how many times we go to the penalty line," Kuzma said.
Avdia has complained more than once recently about the referees' whistles.
In last week's game against Detroit, he picked up 3 fouls in 37 seconds after he got angry at a whistle he didn't get from the referees.
"Too many times we get to the basket and expect to get whistles. We have to try to finish the move and score two points. If we squeeze a foul it's great, but if not, we have to sprint back to the defense," Kuzma said, adding: "Personally, I don't complain to the referees . I'm not trying to whine and complain to them. I'm just trying to play my game, play hard, find the right angles to attack the basket. I think the referees respect that."
The message to Abdia: stop messing with the therapist.
Kuzma with Danny, next to coach Wes Anseld Jr. (Photo: GettyImages, Jess Rapfogel)
Kuzma claims that "we have too many mental lapses. You can't make so many mistakes in such important games. When you're trying to win games in the battle for the playoffs, you can't go wrong with the pace we're playing. Every little thing is important right now - not losing balls, no To take rebounds. Everything is important. We must get on the court to be as focused as possible."
Even in the local media in Washington, an improved capability is expected from Avdia.
"The bench players, especially Danny, haven't been delivering the goods lately," reporter Brandon Scott said on the "Locked On Wizards" podcast.
"Danny is not a scorer, nor should he be one. In Israel he was a scorer, and it worked, but in the NBA the expectations of him are different. He is not expected to be a scorer, but mainly built on him as a defensive player. When he comes off the bench, he is also expected to manage the game more offensively , but he was not and will not be a scorer. This team needs another scorer from the bench."
Scott added: "Danny has the talent to become a really good complementary player in the NBA, but he has to raise the level. The five players are doing the job lately, but the bench players are not."