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Inserting Booker and Singleton into the starting lineup infused a ton of energy and hustle into a team that limped out of the starting gate at the beginning of the season.
Against Toronto, both players combined for 17 points, 16 rebounds, 4 steals and only one turnover.
While Chicago ended up getting the win, completely outplaying the Wizards in the fourth quarter, both Singleton and Booker harassed Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer defensively into horrendous shooting performances (combined 7-of-28 FG).
With Booker in the starting lineup, it allowed Blatche to come in energized off the bench against Toronto and score against the opposing team’s second unit, which, in the future, should allow him to be more efficient and less likely to tire in shorter bursts of playing time.
Singleton has stepped in right away as a rookie and done pretty much everything anyone could have expected from him when the Wizards drafted the lock-down defender from Florida State in the first round.
He has been as good as advertised on defense and has shown an even better shooting touch from three-point range then expected when the draft reports were coming in.
Saunders has realized that the team is better off with these two on the floor, so I expect that this lineup could be seen with Vesely interchangeably throughout the rest of the season.