Beal, rebounding bright spots in preseason

Beal, rebounding bright spots in preseason
October 25, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Now that the Wizards have wrapped up the preseason at 2-5, these are some key figures to pay attention to heading into the regular season that tips off next week. Yesterday, the shooting of John Wall was targeted. The best of the rest:  

7: After being out-rebounded by 11 in the first two games, the Wizards pulled it together -- and did it without 7-footer Nene who missed two games because of a family matter. They only lost the rebounding battle in one game, to the New Orleans Pelicans, in that stretch. For a team with an undersized frontline, this is something to be proud of. 

19: The average turnovers per game. Still too high, but considering the Wizards had 20 or more in the first three games this represents a major improvement. In the last two, the Wizards kept the giveaways down to 13 per. 

21: Bradley Beal's scoring average, a significant bump over the 14 points per he put up as a rookie. Beal made 56 of 107 shots for 52%. Just as impressively, the shooting guard made 17 of 36 three-pointers which is 47%. There's no reason to believe any of this will drop off significantly or change. This is Bradley Beal. 

35: Jan Vesely's shooting percentage, 7-for-20. He also made just 5 of 12 free throws. It appears the Wizards will be content if he plays solid defense and rebounds with Emeka Okafor (herniated disk) being out. It's not about scoring. And based on the early returns, that's a good thing.  

0: The number of games and practices top rookie draft pick Otto Porter (right hip flexor) has taken part in since the Las Vegas summer league.