Jacob Raim - WashingtonWizards.com
The Wizards five games leading into the all-star break treated them very well, as they went 4-1 with the only blemish a loss to the Pistons, primarily due to a tough fourth quarter. All four wins were by at least eight points and they all came against teams in playoff position. Let's take a look at some of the positives from the five game stretch:
- The Wizards held their opponents to 89.2 points a game, one of only four NBA teams to hold their opponents under 90 over their last three games. They didn't allow more than 96 points in any of the five games.
- Washington held their opponents to 40% shooting from the field and 31% shooting from three point range. Both of those numbers were top three in the NBA over teams' last five games
- The team averaged 96 points per game, and shot 49% from the field. These numbers are impressive improvements over their season numbers of 91.3 points per page and 43% from the field.
- Wall and Nene led the team in scoring over the 4-1 stretch at 15.8 per game. Beal, Webster, Okafor and Ariza all also finished in double figures, showcasing the balanced scoring.
- The three point shooting was the best in the NBA over the stretch at 45%. Webster led the effort shooting an incredible 65% from beyond the arc. Beal also shot 50% and Ariza was at 39%. Those three players took 11.4 of Washington’s 14.6 threes per game.
- The Wizards averaged 24 assists on their 38 made baskets. On the season they average 21 assists on 35 made baskets. Much of this can be attributed to John Wall as he averaged nine per game. Wall also showed consistency having no fewer than eight in a game.
- The Wizards were outrebounded on the trip by an average of 44.4 - 41.2. These stats are a bit skewed due to the Pistons dominating rebounding advantage over the Wizards during the fifth game of the stretch, 48-32. The only other game the Wizards were outrebounded was in the win over the Knicks. Okafor led with 9.6 rebounds per game and Nene averaged 8.6, both almost averaging a double-double.
- During the four wins, the Wizards outscored their opponents in each one. Over the five game stretch they outscored their opponents in the paint by an average of 37.8 - 34.2.
- Kevin Seraphin was the only Wizard to not be a negative in terms of plus/minus in any game. Trevor Ariza had the best total plus/minus at +40.
- Wall, Nene and Webster all averaged better than 30 minutes per game.
- The Wizards bench outscored their opponents bench 33.8 - 30.6 per game. The only two games they were outscored were primarily due to individual efforts. In the Pistons game, Will Bynum had 20 points off the bench and in the Clippers game, Jamal Crawford had 28 off the bench.