The Wizards came into the NBA Summer League Las Vegas Tournament as the No. 21 seed after an 0-3 start this past week. The Heat took a close one in the final seconds 89-88 after blocking Sheldon Mac's layup.
Marcus Keene (18p), Ike Diogu (15p-5r), and Sheldon Mac (13p) paced the Wizards late, but it was not enough against the short-handed Heat squad. Before the Wizards play a consolation game on Friday, here are some notes from Wednesday's game.
Keene, Diogu key down the stretch
Marcus Keene followed his 13-point performance from Tuesday with 18 points on Wednesday. Keene made 8-of-16 shots with only one turnover and hit some key 3-pointers down the stretch of the game. Despite only being 5'9", Keene has shown that his game has a good chance to translate to the next level, and he'll be an interesting player to watch as the offseason unfolds.
The Wizards went to 33-year old Ike Diogu late in the game, feeding him iso post-ups on several of the team's final possessions. Diogu had control of the paint during his time on the floor, and finished with 15 points and five rebounds. He made 11-of-15 free throws on the day and gave the young Heat defenders fits in the paint.
Mac, Young show why they're part of Wizards' future plans
Sheldon Mac had a quite first half, but finished with 13 points on 3-of-5 field goals and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. He showed his inside game with pretty finishes and also made both of his 3-point attempts. Mac, along with Jared Cunningham (10p), has been one of the team's most consistent players in Summer League.
Finishing with 11 points, Mike Young made five of his seven shots in this one. It was a much more efficient game for the 6'9" Pittsburgh product, and he looked a lot more comfortable offensively. Young's defensive flexibility is clear; he can guard multiple positions and can defend well, but this was his best offensive game so far in Summer League.
Wizards control ball much better
Last time out against the Heat on Monday, the Wizards turned the ball over 23 times and essentially lost the game because of their poor ball control. On Wednesday, Washington took care of the ball much better, only turning it over eight times, with five turnovers in the first half and three in the second. Credit Kevin Pangos, Maalik Wayns, and Marcus Keene for their ball control and facilitating the offense well throughout the game.