The Washington Wizards off to one of their best regular-season starts in years, opening their 2021-22 campaign 7-3.
On Sunday night, the Wizards managed to hold the Milwaukee Bucks under the century mark, and that was with Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 29 points, to earn a gritty 101-94 victory over the defending NBA champions.
"This is just a different group," Chris Miller told The Sports Junkies on Monday. "They're holding each other accountable, and I think winning seven of their first 10 is really kind of proof-positive of the coaching staff and obviously the players executing the plan."
Many coaches have come into Washington preaching the importance of defense. But so far, under new head coach Wes Unseld, Jr., the Wizards are actually buying in and delivering on the defensive side of the ball, something Unseld's predecessors couldn't accomplish.
The revamped Wizards have allowed the 11th fewest points on defense in the NBA, giving up an average of 105.9 points per game. Last season they were 30th — the worst in the league — in this same category, allowing 118.5 points per game on defense across the 72-game regular season.