One more thing about this game. There were so many elements that would seem to clearly lead to an L. Missing threes (with Miles salvaging them from a total disaster in that respect), missed freethrows, a bad start, Kyle getting way too involved with the refs, Powell not looking very good in replacing OG and he himself getting benched in favor of Miller, and some really bad rebounding numbers. That was a lot that had to be made up by DeMar and with the way the Wizards were playing him he would have surely failed had he tried to do so alone. Joining Poeltl, Siakam, and Miles on both ends of the floor provided more than enough. The cohesion there was exactly what this team needs to see. Poeltl in particular was brilliant in anchoring a defense that was so lacking in size, but what made his good play possible was the overall togetherness that made size less of an issue than it could have been. It's hard not to love the direction they keep going in here. It feels like there is an even greater buy-in now.
A bit related - on DD’s layup near the end of the game, Casey called a great play. Poeltl and Miles went to screen Porter. This left the Wizards in a pickle - do you switch or help on DD and leave Miles wide open for a 3 or Poeltl with an easy dunk or do you hope Porter can stick with DD? We know what the outcome was, but it was a terrific piece of coaching.