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The Washington Wizards Defeat the Golden State Warriors 112-108 after Kevin Durant Leaves with Injury.

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The Wizards aka the Wiz Kid’s are Legit!

Last night, the Washington Wizards defeated the Golden State Warriors 112-108. The Wizards have been clicking on all cylinders and it has been exciting to watch. Not only have the Wizards been winning, they’ve been doing it while dealing with adversity.

Despite the rumors of Wizard guards John Wall, and Bradley Beal not liking each other, a slow start with new Head Coach in Scott Brooks, and the injury bug, the Wizards are thriving. The Wizards have overcome the odds and find themselves in the third seed in the East, with a record of 35-23. The Wizards are currently six games behind the first place Cleveland Cavaliers.

After last night’s game, no one should question the Wiz Kid’s and their legitimacy as a title contender. Make no mistake, the Wizards still need one more monumental piece to dethrone the Cavs.

Beal had a hot start from the field as the Wizards jumped out to a 22-14 lead over the Warriors and ended the quarter with a score of 40-26. The Wizards shot 42.9% from the three point line while shooting 45.1%from the field.

Unfortunately, Kevin Durant left early with a knee injury.  The Wizards closed out the second quarter with the score being 61-49. The Warriors went on a run to tie the game 85-85 after the end of the third quarter.

The game would go down to the final six seconds, where Curry missed a 31-foot three point jumper to possibly win the game. Markieff Morris secured the defensive rebound from Curry’s miss.

Morris would make both free throws to secure the game.

So, What Does This Mean For The Warriors?

In the process of being defeated by the Wizards, the Warriors were further exposed. Some people may say that the Warriors lost because Durant left the game early.

Still that should not be an excuse because the original nucleus containing Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green is still intact. However, the Warriors no longer have their bench to rely on which was once their strength.

Without Durant, the Warriors lose their strength in their starting lineup.  They lack depth, and their leading scorer. Where is the depth for the Warriors going to come from? Matt Barnes? No disrespect to Barnes, but that will only add so much.

So, Who Is Now The Best PG In The League?

After last night’s game someone has to bring the ultimate question to the table. Who is the best point guard in the NBA?

Flash back to February 17th, 2017 right before All-Star weekend kicked off.  While on First Take, Max Kellerman asked Wall, “Who is the best point guard in the NBA,” Wall responded confidently saying, “Me”.

Now before you start screaming and knocking over everything, you have to ask yourself what is the role of a point guard? A point guard is generally known for distributing the ball, elevating the play of his or her teammates, calling the plays, directing the floor, and setting the tone on defense.

Granted, there are other candidates that could be argued as the best point guard, like Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, aka Uncle Drew.

However, at this point in time, Wall is the best point guard in the league.

Currently, Wall is averaging 22.7 points, 4.5 Rebounds, and 10.8 assists over 56 games for the 2016-2017 NBA season. Also, let’s not forget he is one of the few guards that actually plays defense.

With the exception of Westbrook, the nod for best point guard still goes to Wall. Wall has the ability to take over a game without taking poor shots. Westbrook often times takes questionable shots when the Thunder go through droughts.

Westbrook may have better numbers than Wall. However, Wall makes better decisions with the ball and elevates his team by his leadership.