March 28, 2017

About Seamus Kane

Seamus Kane is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Wizards. A native of Silver Spring, MD, Seamus grew up in the area all his life rooting for the Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Caps, and Terps. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a degree in American History and now lives in Washington, DC. His favorite DC sports legend is Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, and his favorite DC sports moment was Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off in the first-ever game at Nationals Park, a game which he attended. You can follow Seamus on Twitter @ShamelessKane

Washington Wizards Game 36 Review: Depleted Wizards Give Complete Effort against Bulls

The Washington Wizards headed into a road matchup with the Chicago Bulls excited for the return of Nene for some much-added depth. However, Marcin Gortat was a late scratch because of a nagging knee injury, and the Wizards were left short handed once again. As depleted as they were, the team displayed a complete offensive effort against a stellar Bulls team, winning 114-100.

This effort was not about just one player for Washington, with 7 Wizards scoring in double figures, including Ramon Sessions (16), Gary Neal (11), and Drew Gooden (10). The road team was able to distribute the ball and get the looks that they needed inside even without Gortat on the pick and roll. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Wild Card Playoff Preview: vs. Green Bay Packers

The fourth-seeded Washington Redskins play host to the fifth-seeded Green Bay Packers in a Wild Card playoff match-up that few would have expected just a month ago. Washington, the NFC East champion, has now won four straight games on their way to a 9-7 record. Green Bay, on the other hand, stumbles in having lost their last two contests, resulting in a 10-6 record.

These two teams have taken very different trajectories this season. Washington has been playing their best ball as of late. After starting out the season at 2-4, fans could see the same old mediocre Redskins team starting to materialize. However, Washington has now gone 7-3 in their final 10 games, with 2 of those losses coming to teams that currently have first-round byes in the playoffs. The Redskins ended up clinching the East in Week 16 and having the luxury of resting key starters last week’s win vs. Dallas. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 33 Review: James, Irving handle Wizards in shootout

On Tuesday, the Washington Wizards hoped to repeat the success they had a month and a half ago against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Ohio. Their offense was up to the challenge, but LeBron James and company proved too much for the Washington defense this time around, and the home team fell, 121-115.

The game was a shootout and a fantastic display of shooting prowess, with both teams shooting well over 50 percent from the field. However, Cleveland’s superior talent eclipsed Washington’s balanced scoring, and All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both finished with over 30 points. Garrett Temple led the Wiz with 21 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and John Wall finished with 20 points and 12 assists in a matchup of two top-flight point guards. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 17 Preview: at Dallas Cowboys

The NFC East champion Washington Redskins travel to face the rival Dallas Cowboys in an extremely rare meaningless game (from a standings perspective). Washington (8-7) has already locked up the division and a home playoff game by beating the Philadelphia Eagles last week, and will likely play their star players sparingly, if at all.

Dallas (4-11) is having the season that most Washington fans expected to have. They have had quarterback problems throughout the season due to the injured clavicle of Tony Romo, and have started 4 different players at the quarterback position this year. This week, they land on Kellen Moore, the lefty out of Boise St. The Cowboys have never been able to get it going offensively this year, and they will not be helped by the absence of Dez Bryant (injury) this week either. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 29 Review: Clippers Dominate Wizards in Pierce’s Return

The Washington Wizards were riding a pretty impressive four-game winning streak headed into their home matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. However, any momentum they had built up over that win streak was quickly stopped by the team of old friend Paul Pierce. The Clippers dominated from beginning to end, winning 108-91.

The Clippers outclassed the Wizards from the opening tip, mostly with the stellar play of L.A.’s 2-guards, Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford. Paul finished with 23 points and seven assists, while Crawford finished with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. John Wall seemed to be the only one on the court that was on his game, matching Paul’s 23 points and adding 11 assists. Otto Porter added a good shooting night, hitting 8 of 12 shots on the way to 21 points.

Marcin Gortat scored 12 points with 16 rebounds. Gortat was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, leading the Wizards to a perfect 3-0 last week for his first-ever Player of the Week honor. The Polish Hammer put up 21.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting a blistering 59.6 percent from the field.

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Washington Redskins Week 16 Preview: at Philadelphia Eagles

The Washington Redskins travel up to the “City of Brotherly Love” Saturday in a game for all the marbles against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins, at 7-7, need to come away with a victory  to claim the NFC East for the first time since 2012, while the Eagles (6-8) are fighting to stay in contention for the crown themselves.

The Redskins are coming off of two big wins, taking a monkey off their back in both of them. Two weeks ago, they defeated the Chicago Bears for their first road win, and then came home to manhandle the Buffalo Bills the following week for their first consecutive wins of the year. The Eagles came back to Philly with their feathers ruffled last week, losing on primetime to the Arizona Cardinals, 40-17 in embarrassing fashion. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 26 Review: Wall’s passing, Gortat’s scoring overwhelm Sacramento

WALL DEALS CAREER-HIGH 19 ASSISTS, GORTAT GOES FOR SEASON-HIGH 27 POINTS

The Washington Wizards went into their game against the Sacramento Kings with only seven non-injured, active players, and the outlook looked bleak. However, those seven put on a stellar performance to defeat DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings 113-99 at Verizon Center.

With Bradley Beal and Otto Porter sidelined, along with Drew Gooden and Gary Neal, the burden was placed on veterans Marcin Gortat and John Wall. The two remaining everyday starters delivered, with Gortat scoring a season-high 27 points to go along with 16 rebounds, and Wall scoring 12 points and a new career-high 19 assists.

“He got out and ran all night long,” coach Randy Wittman said of Gortat. “He had four or five layups just by outrunning. That’s what he did consistently all night. He didn’t get a layup out of it every time, but he ran and it made Cousins run up and down the floor and made him work at the other end. He [Cousins] is a lot to deal with, but I thought March did a heck of a job with his movement and activity from his offensive standpoint.”

Garrett Temple, starting in place of Beal, added 23 points. The Wizards benefited from Wall’s distribution all night, hitting 14 of 24 3-point attempts. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 15 Preview: vs. Buffalo Bills

The Washington Redskins return to home sweet FedEx Field on Sunday to take on the Buffalo Bills, looking to keep their slight lead in the NFC East intact. Washington won a very close contest in Chicago last week, eeking it out by a missed Robbie Gould field goal, 24-21. The Bills were not much help to the Redskins last week, losing at Philadelphia and allowing the Eagles to keep pace in the division.

Buffalo is 6-7 in its first year of the Rex Ryan era, and like the Redskins, they have experienced an up-and-down season. The Bills are the most penalized team in the league with 124 enforced penalties for 1,086 yards. That is a lot of lost yardage. However, they do (sometimes) have the talent to make up for it, with QB Tyrod Taylor, RB LeSean McCoy, and WR Sammy Watkins leading the offense. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 23 Review: Wall struggles as Grizzlies rout Wizards

The Washington Wizards continued their inconsistent and woeful ways Monday night, following up Saturday’s big performance with an abysmal one. The injury-depleted Wizards lost in a blowout to the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-95, at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Wizards really never got things going in this one, going down 57-46 at half with at least some sort of a comeback still in the realm of possibilities. But Memphis came out with nine unanswered points to take a commanding lead that they never lost, especially with the way they were shooting. The Wizards’ defense continued its season-long struggles again, and was allowing open shots the entire night. Memphis shot an incredible 56 percent from the field, including 10 of 15 from 3-point range. In nine December games, the Wizards have held their opponents under 100 points just once. [Read more…]

Redskins Week 14 Preview: at Chicago Bears

Following a heartbreaking loss to the rival Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, the Washington Redskins travel to Soldier Field in Chicago to take on the Chicago Bears. Both teams sport mediocre 5-7 records, but Washington still has control of the NFC East division lead via tiebreak. Chicago is coming off of a disappointing loss last week to the lowly San Francisco 49ers.

The Bears are in a similar situation as the Redskins this year, with a new General Manager trying to go through a rebuilding process with a younger team, resulting in inconsistent (and many times ugly) play. Jay Cutler, the much-maligned franchise QB, has been relatively steady compared to years’ past, throwing for 14 TDs and 7 interceptions on the season. [Read more…]

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