Power Rankings, Week 4: Sizzling Sixers tops

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OffRtg: 110.2 (19) DefRtg: 117.5 (26) NetRtg: -7.3 (28) Speed: 105.4 (1)

The Wizards looked like they were going to go 2-0 (and 1-1 in the in-season contest) against the Hornets, but blew an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead at home on Friday. They showed some fight in coming back from a 17-point hole Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn, but couldn’t get the job done (committing three straight turnovers) and have lost six of their last seven games.

Three takes

  • The Wizards were destroyed on the glass in losses to Charlotte and Brooklyn over the weekend. They allowed an amazing 48 offensive rebounds and 53 second-chance points in two games. Their defensive rebound percentage on Friday (46.9%) was the second-lowest of any team in any game in the last eight seasons.
  • With that, they’ve seen a huge drop in defensive rebounding percentage, when they ranked 13th last season. They’ve been playing smaller when they’ve gone to the bench (with Danilo Gallinari at five), but their defensive rebound percentage with Daniel Gafford starting center was lower (62.1%) than with him on the floor. site (66.2%).
  • These last two games were the Wizards’ first two games within five points in the final five minutes. They scored nine points on 17 clutch possessions, while their opponents scored 28 on 18.

The Nets scored less than a point per possession on Sunday, but that was more on their 3-point shooting (12-of-49, 24%) than the Wizards did defensively. Washington’s safety Delon Wright is out with an MCL sprain.

In the first rest-advantage game of the season, the Wizards picked up a comfortable win over Memphis. Their second rest-advantage game is Wednesday against the Mavs, who are in New Orleans the night before.

Week 4: @ TOR, vs. DAL vs. NYK*

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