Wizards-Hawks instant analysis

Wizards-Hawks instant analysis
July 13, 2012, 10:07 pm

LAS VEGAS -- Here are some immediate postgame reactions following the Wizards102-82 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their Las Vegas Summer League opener... Yeah, not exactly a banner start for the Wizards even in a situation where wins and losses are not the primary concern. Washington trailed by eight points after the first quarter, 15 at halftime as by as many as29 points in the second half against a Hawks squad not brimming with notable NBA names. In his first game wearing a Wizards jersey, Beal led in scoring with22 points, 14 coming before halftime. Chris Singleton ramped up his production aftera slow start to finish with 20 while Jan Vesely had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Collectively the Wizards committed 19 turnovers. Vanderbilt sharpshooter and first-round pick John Jenkins and forward Keith Benson led the Hawks with 19 points. Atlanta took advantage of those Washington turnovers and defensive lapses to shoot54 percent from the field.Not sure anything done in a summer league game could equal or exceed expectations, but Beal displayed plenty on both ends of the court,especially in the first half. Offensively, the off-ball guard demonstrated poise and maturity that isthe basis for his subtle game. Not a forcer of the action,Bealdashed and darted his way to findingopen space, sinking 4 of 6 attempts early. In the second half, the shots did not fall (2 of 8) and but the same strengths remained and regardless the 19-year-old impressed coach Sam Cassell by keeping his emotions in check.Defensively Bealdisplayed solid individual technique and team understanding, even if Jenkins got the best of his former SEC foe from deep, making 4-of-5 from beyond the arc compared to Beal's 1 of 3. In a bizarro world performance, the most impressive aspect of Vesely's game was his perimeter shot. Flashing his improved form, Vesely did his best Dirk Nowitzki impression in the first half, knocking down his first three looks from 15 feet and beyond.Still a rough time from the free throw line and a second half jumper got stuck between the rim and backboard, but an obvious improvement. Oddly, the bulk of the above-the-rim forwards first two misses came on dunk attempts. However the rest of Vesely's outing was rather suspect. Pick and roll situations on both ends of the court remain a work in progress.Being aggressive defensively is one thing. Committing silly fouls is another and Vesely had several among his 10 fouls. Yes, even with higher amount of fouls per player he still fouled out. During the first half Singleton looked like the disjointed player we saw often last season, but he turned up the aggressiveness after halftime, driving to the basket with greater regularity and effectiveness. He finished 7 of 13 from the field with eight rebounds and four steals. There are parts of Shelvin Macks game I continue to like, notably his defensive presence and mental focus. However, in terms of running an NBA offense, the rising second-year guards effort did little to stop me from thinking the Wizards still need to add a true point guard this offseason. Mack struggled with double teams and getting all the way to the rim even after getting past an overly aggressive defender. The good news on Tomas Satoransky, his feel for the game is obvious. The bad news, at elast against theHawks, is thatwas he slow in transitioning an idea into execution. Bringing the ball up he turned the ball over on consecutive possessions in the second quarter and committed xx turnovers overall