Mar. 06, 2017
Bogdanovic's sharpshooting 4th quarter propels Wizards over Magic, 115-114
It appears Bojan Bogdanovic is quite comfortable in a Washington Wizards jersey. The former Brooklyn Net scored 27 points (15 in the 4th quarter) and made 8-10 from three point range including what proved to be the game winner from the right corner with 46 seconds to go. Magic forward Aaron Gordon had two chances from close range in the final 30 seconds but Wizards point guard John Wall blocked the first and his leaping effort may have altered the second as the Wizards held on to improve to 37-25 and maintain their hold on the 3rd seed in the East. Bradley Beal scored a game high 32 points (12-21 FG, 3-5 3PT) as the Wizards connected on 14-26 three point attempts and overcame an 11 point deficit in the 4th quarter. The Magic dropped to 23-40 despite seven players scoring in double figures, led by 20 points from Terrence Ross. Washington took advantage of the free throw line, hitting 23-25 while Orlando only made 12-19 from the charity stripe.
I'm still going to stand by my belief that Washington's bench will be it's undoing but Bogdanovic has impressed me and has made a big difference in DC so far. Scott Brooks elected to downsize tonight with Marcin Gortat playing fewer minutes and spread the floor with four capable three point shooters surrounding John Wall. It's still going to be difficult for the Wizards to advance past the East Semis but with Bogdanvic capable of carrying Washington's entire overall suspect bench on his back to assist an excellent starting five, maybe they can prove me wrong.