Washington Wizards Need Trevor Ariza To Keep His Hot Hand

By John Raffel
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Ariza has been playing outstanding basketball in recent games for the Washington Wizards. It’s among the reasons that the Wizards have been on a post-All-Star break surge, and the team is hoping it’ll result in a strong end to the regular season.

Ariza was also impressive earlier in the week in a 96-95 Washington loss to the Detroit Pistons.

“He did just about all he could do. We went small and tried to spread the floor. Got some turnovers, got some stops, pushed the ball up and made some shots and Trevor was doing a lot of that,” said Wizards coach Randy Wittman.

Ariza had a solid 33 minutes for the Wizards and shot 7-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from the 3-point area and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. He wound up with 22 points, six rebounds and three steals.

“We didn’t do what we needed to do tonight,” Ariza said. “Stuff that we’ve been doing that’s been working for us lately, we didn’t do. We gave up a lot of points in transition. As of late, we have not been playing like that. If we want to get wins we’ve got to do a lot better job defensively, transitionally.”

But, the Wizards will get wins if they keep getting contributions from players like Ariza. For the season, he’s averaging 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds plus two rebounds a game. However, his minutes have gone up in recent games, and so have his stats.

It’s among the reasons that the Wizards are as dangerous of a home team as there currently is in the league.

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