By Michael D. Sykes, II
The Wizards fell 96-92 to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday evening after they were plagued by a slow start to the game where they were down by as many as 18 in the first quarter. The Mavericks forced the Wizards into mistakes early with pressure defense and racked up early turnovers. By the end of the first quarter they only scored 13 points.
But, in the purest Summer League fashion, the Wizards flipped the script on Dallas and held them to just six points in the second quarter. By the third quarter they took their first lead of the game and, from there, battled hard back and forth until the end of the game where a four-point play from the Mavericks sealed the deal.
Like every game in Vegas, the process is far more important than the result. The Wizards two draft picks were extremely productive on both ends of the floor with Troy Brown Jr. racking up 25 points and showing off his versatility while Issuf Sanon showed his potential as a 3-and-D prospect scoring nine points and going 3-5 from deep. They also got a lot out of Thomas Bryant, who has almost certainly played his way into training camp after scoring 22 points on just 13 shots....