He led all scorers with 14 points at the half and finished with 25 on 10 of 16 shooting from the field.
Oladipo hit a three to cut Washington’s lead to three with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. He also hit a dagger three to put the Wizards away in overtime.
Defense lost the game again
When they’re locked in, the Washington Wizards have shown flashes of being a solid defensive team.
Markieff Morris and Bradley Beal, who scored 31 points in the game, made key stops to help the team gain a 7 point lead in the fourth quarter.
But then the defense fell apart.
Westbrook will inevitably hit shots, but the last thing the team should do is allow him to get comfortable.
Beal failed to properly close out on the final shot in the fourth quarter and essentially gave Westbrook a clean look to tie the game. From then on, he lit the team up and put the Wizards away.
The small things – like contesting shots with enthusiasm – make a tremendous difference. If Beal hadn’t collapsed at the end, the Wizards would’ve gotten a win.
Late-game offense is a problem
Brooks was criticized for the way the Thunder finished games during his time in Oklahoma City. There were complaints that his offense was too reliant on isolation basketball and he mostly got a pass because Westbrook and Kevin Durant were capable of putting the team on their backs.
Washington doesn’t have that sort of talent, so relying on isolation plays to end games won’t work.
The offense became stagnant and the ball stopped moving at the end. John Wall took a midrange jump shot, Markieff Morris missed a fadeaway from the post and Bradley Beal tried to initiate offense. All of that happened with no ball movement.
Lack of ball movement late in games has to be addressed.