Um…is it too early to put Scott Brooks on the hot seat. After signing a 4 year 16 million dollar contract in the offseason to replace coach Randy Wittman, the former Thunder coach is not off to a good start, as the Wizards have fallen to 0-4. After Brooks said he planned to “mix the first unit with the second unit” more, he proceeded to play every starter at least 36 minutes (39 for injury prone shooting guard Bradley Beal) and on the offensive side of the ball theres long periods where the guys just look lost out there.
To the Wizards credit guys are continuing to produce as Otto Porter looked as good as we’ve seen him look on the offensive side of the ball going for 21 points on 11-13 shooting, but struggles from Markieff Morris (6 points 2-7) and Bradley Beal (15 points 5-13, 1 rebound) and John Wall (9 turnovers, 11 assists) continue to keep Wizards fans waiting to see what a complete game from this team looks like.
On the other hand the Raptors backcourt looks like it’s the best in the Eastern Conference. Demar Derozan had another big game for the Raptors with 40 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. He became the second player this season (Russell Westbrook) to put up those statistics in a single game. Kyle Lowry was solid in his role tonight scoring 18 points and having just 3 turnovers while picking up 4 steals. Bench players Terrence Ross (15) and Patrick Patterson(10) both picked up double digits off the bench.