Washington Wizards Three Takeaways: Spurs Outtalent the Wizards, 112-100

Washington Wizards’ lack of depth was on full display on Saturday night against the San Antonio Spurs as the team fell, 112-100.

The Washington Wizards sneaked out of Orlando with a win on Friday night and were tasked with replicating the outcome the following day against the San Antonio Spurs.

San Antonio hasn’t lost a game on the road yet and unlike the Magic, they’re actually rolling out players with All-Star talent.

Simply “sneaking out” with a win wasn’t going to be a possibility. For the Wizards to win, they’d have to outplay the Spurs – something they actually managed to do at the beginning of last season.

Despite keeping it close early, it was only a matter of time before the Spurs’ lead ballooned. Once Washington’s second unit checked in, the Spurs began draining threes and the Wizards’ offense stagnated.

The Spurs are one of the best teams in the league for a reason. They have the talent that’s necessary to compete every night. The same cannot be said for the Wizards, who’ve featured Marcus Thornton and Jason Smith off the bench.

Washington fell to San Antonio, 112-100.

Poor minutes management

Coach Scott Brooks spoke about wanting to manage his backcourt’s minutes, but John Wall played 37 minutes on Saturday against San Antonio and Bradley Beal played 38.

Wall played 39 minutes against the Magic on Friday and Beal played 38. So, how did Brooks manage their minutes, exactly?

It was the second night of a back-to-back. The game was essentially over with about five minutes remaining, yet both players were on the floor.

If the Washington Wizards want to dig themselves out of their current hole, they have to preserve Wall and Beal. Right now, Brooks is giving them heavy minutes during times when they shouldn’t be on the court.

Keef’s immaturity is still a problem

Washington doesn’t have much depth, hence the minutes the starters have been logging. It’s an issue, for sure, but the starters have to be out there if they’re healthy – even if their minutes have to be monitored better.

Markieff Morris, at times, is the Wizards’ second most effective player.

He’s the best defender on the team and he’s shown consistency as a go-to player on offense.

But his immaturity – the reason why the Phoenix Suns traded him to Washington in the first place – is still a problem.

After picking up a couple of cheap fouls, Morris mouthed off to the officials and got hit with a technical foul. Moments later, he kept talking and got hit with another.

Morris was ejected from the game after playing just 18 minutes.

He scored 7 points in the second quarter and totaled 12. Morris, unlike most of his teammates, was actually playing well.

He put the team in a tough spot. The frustration is fine, but he has to keep his team’s best interest in mind.

At this point, I guess the coaching staff has to accept that this is who Morris is and always will be.

Outside shooting – where are you?

It’s going to be tough to beat the Spurs (or any team, really) if you can’t hit shots from beyond the arc.

The Washington Wizards lack shooters and it was put under a microscope against the Spurs, a team that thrives from deep.

Washington made just 6 of their 22 attempts from three. Bradley Beal, who scored 25, made half of the made shots.

The second unit shot a combined 0 for 8 from three. Andrew Nicholson was supposed to provide some relief as a stretch four, but thus far has been a non-factor.

Brooks’ club has fallen to 5-10. They’ll be back at it against the Sacramento Kings on Monday.

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