The defense was just atrocious tonight. We're lucky to be 2-1, honestly. We could easily be 0-3, were it not for some timely shooting. As great as it is to see Beal stepping up, these first three games have shown some real weaknesses in the roster composition.
The Wizards just need to waive him at this point to clear up a roster space.
It's now glaringly obvious that the Wizards need help at the 4 spot. Humphries lasts about half a quarter before they realize he has no business being out there. Nene's now being used as a backup 5 because we let Seraphin walk without bringing in anyone to replace him. Dudley is nowhere NEAR game shape. Blair looks completely immobile now, a shell of the player who once made people question the necessity of ACLs.
The Wizards' relative playoff success made it clear to everyone that the Wizards could benefit greatly from a stretch 4. That was the piece that would kick the offense into high gear, and we all knew what the tradeoff would involve. There's merit to moving Nene to the bench in theory. Offensive floor spacing theoretically improves, creating larger driving lanes for Wall and Beal. Nene's a capable passer, meaning he could act as a facilitator in the second unit and play with greater activity in his reduced minutes. It makes perfect sense as long as you have that solid stretch four to replace him with in the starting lineup.
Knowing that, what did Ernie do? He brought in a bunch of swingmen, of course. Yes, we needed a real backup for Bradley Beal. No, we didn't need four of them.
Randy seemingly spent the entire second half playing musical chairs up front. It wasn't the team's only problem, but it may very well be our most stubborn and enduring.