The Wizards penultimate preseason game is in the books, a 99-96 road loss against the Pistons. Here's what the box score reveals:
*Start with the most stunning stat of all: John Wall finished with as many assists as anyone reading this. That's right, zero, nada, zilch over 27 minutes. Wall entered averaging 8.0 assists through the first five games. Collectively the Wizards finished with 18 assists compared to 29 for the Pistons, who shot their way to a 65-43 first half lead.
“We did not show up," Wizards coach Randy Wittman told the media postgame. "Our guys think they can turn it on and off like a light switch and we are kidding ourselves. We came out and did not play with each other and why we continue to fall back? I have to figure that out. That was an embarrassment.”
*Washington reversed course in the second half outscoring Detroit 53-34. That apparently helped Wittman's mood, but only so much.
"In the second half they played for each other, got after it, and made it a game," the coach said. "It is pretty black and white, but we will not for whatever reason buy into that."
*Bradley Beal's stellar preseason continued. The second-year guard paced the Wizards with 17 points on 7 of 14 shooting including two 3-pointers. In six games, Beal is averaging 20.7 points while shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 45.2 percent (14 of 31) from beyond the arc. He also grabbed seven rebounds against the Pistons, who the Wizards will face in their season opener on October 30.
*Kevin Seraphin's work on both ends of the court helped fuel the near-comeback. The big man scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and he finished with 11 rebounds. Apparently Wittman's halftime speech provided proper motivation.
“He told our team that if we wanted to go to the playoffs, we have to wake up and play," said Seraphin, who has reached double figure points in four of the six games.
*Though Detroit's interior tandem of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe (18 points) combined for 21 rebounds, the Wizards finished with a 43-39 advantage on the glass. Washington has won the rebounding battle in five of six preseason games.
*Nene scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in 22 minutes. Wall scored 11 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He also missed three of four three throws.
*The overall 3-point shooting woes continue. Washington finished 3 of 18 from beyond the arc. Takeaway Beal's 2 of 4 and the other shooters missed 13 of 14. Trevor Ariza missed all four of his attempts and is now 5 for 20 during the preseason. Martell Webster went 0 for 2 on 3's and did not score.
*Even worse, the Pistons knocked down plenty of shots from deep, including seven 3-pointers before halftime. Detroit went 11 of 26 (42.3 percent) from beyond the arc with four makes coming from old man Chauncey Billups (12 points), who started at point guard for the injured Brandon Jennings.
*Washington had more success inside the arc. The following players made at least half of the field goal attempts: Beal, Seraphin, Eric Maynor, Nene, Jan Vesely, Garrett Temple, Glen Rice.
*Much better job maintaining possession as the Wizards finished with only 11 turnovers compared to 28 in Saturday's loss to New Orleans. Detroit had 14.
*Maynor (eight points) had four of his five assists in the final quarter. In five preseason games, the backup point guards has 22 assists and 10 turnovers, a slightly better assist-to-turnover than Wall (40 to 20) over six games.
*Including 31 minutes against Detroit, Beal has played at least 30 minutes in four straight games.
*Of the healthy regulars, only Al Harrington did not play.
*The Wizards close out the preseason Wednesday night at Cleveland.