Wizards have no immediate ‘very high ball’

Since they have signed contracts for several seasons, Kristaps Porzingis and Daniel Gaford Could form a pair of interiors for the Wizards’ present and future. The former is a 2.24m insider who prefers to play wide, while the latter is an expert in off-board intimidation and offensive rebounding. Currently, their coaches aren’t linking them up, but in their respective styles, they played well against the Clippers, with the Latvian scoring 19 points in 26 minutes for a second double-double.

For Wes Unseld Jr, being able to rely on two “pivots” of different qualities was an advantage.

“KP is able to push the defense away and Gaff puts a lot of pressure on the defense when opening up to the circle” Wizards coach explained. “Both have great wingspans and size. The possibility of mixing their qualities gives something different in attack and a different look in defence. »

What does a comfortable Kristaps Porzingis think after two games? ” We were both a lob threat, but he was clearly more important than me. I can spread the game more, and every time he opens the circle, he has a lot of focus, which sets the others apart. People don’t see it, but it’s very valuable in that regard. »

Like Cleveland, the Wizards can get to the “very high ball” with Kyle Kuzma, Kristaps Porzingis and Daniel Gafford. Except when the latter came off the bench the team was better: 19-9 this season, 17-6 last season.

Additionally, Daniel Gafford gets along well with backup point guard Ish Smith, while Wes Unseld Jr. is counting on their accomplices against opposing second units.

“Ish throws the pick-and-roll, his speed puts a lot of pressure on the defense” Thanks to his coach. “Gaff is able to get off the screen and get into the circle quickly. He’s able to put a lot of power in the paint and once he’s up in the air, you can pitch from any height he can catch. There’s a good connection between them and a good synergy. I hope it continues. »

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Kristaps Porzingis 1 21.3 58.3 75.0 80.0 1.0 4.0 5.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 3.0 25.0
Bradley Beal 40 36.0 45.1 30.0 83.3 0.9 3.8 4.7 6.6 3.4 0.9 0.4 2.4 23.2
Kyle Kuzma 60 33.6 45.6 34.2 72.5 1.1 7.7 8.7 3.4 2.5 0.7 0.9 1.9 17.2
Montrezl Harrell 46 24.3 64.5 26.7 72.7 2.1 4.6 6.7 2.1 1.1 0.4 0.7 1.9 14.1
Spencer Dinwiddie 44 30.2 37.6 31.0 81.1 0.8 3.9 4.7 5.8 1.7 0.6 0.2 2.4 12.6
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 60 29.8 41.9 39.4 90.2 0.5 2.8 3.3 1.9 1.2 1.1 0.3 1.7 12.3
Ish Smith 9 22.3 53.3 35.7 0.0 0.8 2.6 3.3 5.2 1.6 0.9 0.4 2.3 9.4
Hachimura Rui twenty three 18.9 46.7 51.9 78.1 0.3 2.7 3.1 1.0 0.7 0.6 0.2 1.2 9.2
Daniel Gaford 54 20.5 68.4 0.0 71.9 2.3 3.6 5.9 1.0 0.9 0.4 1.5 2.4 9.1
Thomas Bryant 20 17.6 52.3 27.8 85.2 1.2 2.9 4.1 1.1 0.8 0.3 0.7 1.8 8.3
Raulzinho Neto 54 20.7 45.4 28.2 74.2 0.2 1.8 2.1 3.0 1.1 0.8 0.0 1.6 8.0
Denis Avdia 63 23.5 44.0 31.3 78.1 0.7 4.5 5.1 1.7 0.9 0.8 0.6 2.3 7.7
Brad Wanamaker 1 27.1 40.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 4.0 4.0 7.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 3.0 7.0
Corey Kispert 58 20.7 42.9 32.4 87.0 0.7 1.9 2.6 1.0 0.6 0.4 0.3 1.1 6.9
Aaron Holiday 41 16.2 46.7 34.3 80.0 0.2 1.4 1.6 1.9 1.0 0.6 0.2 1.5 6.1
Davis Bertans 34 14.7 35.1 31.9 93.3 0.2 1.6 1.8 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 1.6 5.7
Thomas Satoransky 3 14.8 66.7 50.0 100.0 0.3 1.7 2.0 2.7 0.7 0.7 0.3 1.3 4.7
Greg Monroe 2 8.8 50.0 0.0 0.0 3.5 1.5 5.0 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 4.0
Anthony Gill 29 8.6 61.0 64.3 71.0 0.7 0.8 1.5 0.5 0.4 0.1 0.2 1.4 3.6
Cassius Winston 5 5.4 50.0 40.0 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 1.4 2.0
Craig Sword 3 6.3 75.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 1.3 0.0 2.3 2.0
Tremont Waters 1 8.4 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 2.0 2.0
Isaiah Todd 10 4.1 29.4 36.4 33.3 0.2 0.8 1.0 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 1.6
Alice Johnson 3 6.1 33.3 0.0 0.0 1.7 2.3 4.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.3
Joel Ayai 7 2.9 16.7 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3
Vernon Carey Jr. 1 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Jaime Echenick 1 3.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Jordan Shacklebolt 2 7.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.5 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Jordan Goodwin 2 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0

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