August 19, 2022

Washington Wizards Game 20 Review: Slow Start, Harden’s 42 Doom Wizards at Home

WALL ONE REBOUND FROM TRIPLE-DOUBLE, WITTMAN CALLS TEAM “SOFT”

The Washington Wizards all year have struggled with consistency, especially after big wins against favored opponents. Following the win on Tuesday against the Miami Heat, Washington came out of the gates flat, allowed James Harden to drop 42, and lost 109-103 to the 11-12 Houston Rockets at home.

Harden was the clear bread winner for the Rockets tonight, racking up 42 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists, helping the Rockets hit a combined 12 3-point field goals on the night. John Wall put in another masterful performance with 26 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds to continue his hot start to December. Marcin Gortat, in his return from tending to a family matter in Poland, added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bradley Beal finished under his season average, with just 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting.  [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 13 Preview: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Folks, this is the one we look forward to every year. The division-leading Washington Redskins host the rival Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field on Monday Night Football. The Redskins somehow find themselves leading the NFC East over the Giants and Eagles, who both sit at 5-7 after their week 13 games. The Dallas Cowboys have endured a tough season, sitting at 3-8 amid serious injury and off-the-field distractions.

For Redskin fans, this game is THE game, whether the division is on the line or not. FedEx will be loud and the atmosphere will be electric. The Redskins have not fared well on primetime in recent memory, with a 4-18 clip in their last 22 games under the lights. However, they hold a 5-1 record at home in 2015 and defeated the Cowboys on Monday Night Football last year in Dallas. Anything is possible when these rivals come together. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 12 Preview: vs. New York Giants

The Washington Redskins look to grab a share of the NFC East lead Sunday in a key divisional matchup vs. the New York Giants. The Redskins were thoroughly embarrassed in a 44-16 blowout at Carolina, while the Giants are coming off a bye week, Washington’s third opponent this year on two weeks’ rest.

The Giants, at 5-5, have a game lead on the abysmal NFC East, and beat the Redskins quite convincingly earlier this year, 32-21. The Giants have been Washington’s bugaboo the last few seasons, winning five straight meetings, all in pretty convincing fashion. The last game played at FedEx Field between these two teams ended in a 45-17 blowout, helped along by four interceptions thrown by Kirk Cousins. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 11 Preview: at Carolina Panthers

The Washington Redskins head to Charlotte, NC to face their second undefeated opponent in 3 weeks in the 9-0 Carolina Panthers. The Redskins are coming off their most complete performance of the season against the New Orleans Saints in a 43-14 rout, while the Panthers pulverized the Tennessee Titans, 27-10, in their Week 10 matchup.

The Panthers are led by the man who has been dominating headlines this year for his stellar play and creative celebrations, Mr. Cam Newton. Newton has been discussed as an MVP candidate this year, with his 15 passing TDs and 6 rushing TDs. He is a dynamic playmaker, especially around the red zone, where he loves to hit his big TE Greg Olsen. [Read more…]

Redskins Week 10 Game Preview: vs. New Orleans Saints

The Washington Redskins return home after a one-sided road loss to face the up-and-down roller coaster ride that is the New Orleans Saints. Washington put forth a feeble effort against the mighty Patriots last week, dropping 7 balls and committing costly turnovers, all while allowing LeGarrette Blount to run all over them and Tom Brady to slice them up in the passing game. The Saints are also coming off an embarrassing loss to the lowly Tennessee Titans at home, a game in which they allowed Titans rookie Marcus Mariota to throw for 371 yards and 4 TDs.

The Saints had won three straight games to move to 4-4 before that game behind their powerful offense, but now sit at 4-5 looking to sniff .500 again. The Redskins sit at 3-5 but are a stellar 3-1 this season at FedEx Field, and they look to make that mark 4-1 this week. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 6 Review: Wizards Get Off to Rough Start, Struggle Mightily vs. Boston

The Washington Wizards went up to Boston to play the 1-3 Boston Celtics and absolutely laid an egg, losing 118-98. From the outset, it was clear that the Wizards did not bring their A game, or their B, C, or D game, either. The Wizards were out-shot, out-coached, out-hustled, and out-manned by the Boston Celtics, and it was clear that was the case by the end of a 40-24 first quarter.

The Celtics opened up the second quarter even hotter, and finished the half shooting 61 percent on their way to a 72-49 lead. Isaiah Thomas, Jared Sullinger, and Evan turner combined for 43 points in the first half, and if not for a 14-0 run in the middle of the second quarter for the Wizards, the lead would have been even worse.  The 72-point output by Boston was the most the Wizards had given up in a long, long time. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 9 Preview: at New England Patriots

The Washington Redskins are coming off a nice long bye week to their toughest road test of the season: the mighty Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The Redskins hope to build off of the miracle 31-30 comeback win vs. Tampa Bay two weeks ago, and will be healthier than they have been for most of the season. However, they are running into the juggernaut that is Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

Not much needs to be said about the Patriots that has not been repeated ad nauseam. New England is a dynasty, with four Super Bowl Rings in six appearances in the past 15 seasons. They are the very antithesis of the Redskins during that time, and are now 7-0 for the first time since their historic 16-0 regular season in 2007. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 5 Review: Beal’s Last Second Shot Lifts Wizards past Spurs

“Out of all my shots tonight that one felt the best. Everything was in and it felt naturally good.
As soon as I jabbed him I knew it was good.” –Bradley Beal, on the game-winning shot.

The Washington Wizards faced their toughest and deepest opponent yet in the San Antonio Spurs at Verizon Center, and did not back down in the slightest. Bradley Beal put away the Spurs in dramatic fashion on a wide open 3 to win, 102-99. The shot was made possible by a beautiful jab step move on LaMarcus Aldrige, and it continued the shooting guard’s 2015 coming out party.

The game started well, with the Wizards coming out white hot and stretching an early lead to 19-2. However, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs rallied to take the lead at the end of the first quarter, and controlled the tempo for the majority of the next two quarters. The game was looking like the normal Spurs’ cake walk like it had been for so many years prior. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 1 Recap: Wall takes control, leads Wiz to close win over Magic

The Washington Wizards opened up their 2015-16 campaign in Orlando, defeating a young and talented Magic team, 88-87. John Wall was the star, posting 22 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a game-high 5 blocks. Bradley Beal added 24 points and 6 rebounds, while Orlando was led by Victor Oladipo with 17 and 11. The game was back and forth and remained close the entire time, as Orlando was definitely up to the challenge defensively. However, Wall and Beal took control in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 of the team’s 23 points in the period. The Wizards closed it out on a Wall floater with 12.7 seconds to go.

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Washington Redskins Game 7 Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Washington Redskins return home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday after two losses on the road. The Redskins have been showered with criticism after losses to Atlanta and the New York Jets back-to-back, while 2-3Tampa Bay represents the second-straight team coming off of a bye to face the Redskins. Each team came into the year with tempered expectations, and while there have been flashes for both sides, reality has met those expectations for the most part.

The Redskins’ biggest criticisms thus far are its turnover-prone QB play, and horrific point differential in the third quarter. Kirk Cousins now has 4 multi-interception games this year, and the Redskins are, not coincidentally, 0-4 in those contests. Washington has also been outscored 46-3 in the third quarter through 6 games, and has allowed second half comebacks to the Dolphins, Falcons, and Jets. [Read more…]

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