March 26, 2017

Washington Wizards Game 66 Recap: Wiz end five-game skid and keep playoff hopes alive with beat down of Pistons

Coming off an extremely disappointing three-game West Coast trip, the Washington Wizards are on a five-game skid. On the other hand, the Detroit Pistons, 3.5 games ahead of Washington for the eighth and final playoffs spot, have won 7 of their last 10. If there was any chance of the Wizards making a late season surge, they would have to defend their home court against the Pistons.

Every time the Washington Wizards embarrass themselves and everyone is writing them off from playoff contention, they do something spectacular that makes you scratch your head. That is exactly what happened at Verizon Center tonight when the Wizards made fools of the Pistons. Washington led from start to finish with efficient and balanced offense. leading to a season-high in points, complemented by suffocating defense on their way to 124-81 beatdown of Detroit on national television. Almost as important as the win is the Wizards securing a tiebreak over the Pistons, essentially putting them one less game back of the playoffs.

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Washington Wizards Game 65 Recap: Wiz falling apart at the worst time with loss to Nuggets

The Washington Wizards blew an opportunity to upset the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers and then got embarrassed against a bad Utah Jazz team last night. Hoping to save face to end the West Coast road trip, the Wizards faced off against the Denver Nuggets on the second night of a back-to-back. Whether it was tired legs, a lack of defensive effort, questionable lineups, or all of the above, Washington imploded in the fourth quarter. John Wall admirably played the entire second half but the Wizards were beaten 41-17 in the final frame on their way to a 116-100 loss.

(Photo by: @BulletsForever)

(Photo by: @BulletsForever)

It was deja vu to start the game as Marcin Gortat again had to exit the first quarter early with two personal fouls, tonight with 8:32 remaining. Today Nene brought a nice physical presence of the bench matching up with Nikola Jokic. Washington went on a 12-4 run thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from Garrett Temple, still in the starting lineup with Bradley Beal out with a sprained pelvis. As if the DMV needed anymore reason to dislike the Michigan State Spartans, Gary Harris had 10 quarter points that led an 8-0 Denver run. As a result the Wizards trailed 27-23 thanks to three missed layups.

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Washington Wizards Game 62 Recap: Wiz lose Beal and the game as Paul George paces Pacers

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(Photo by: @NBA)

Last night the Washington Wizards were embarrassed by the conference leading Cleveland Cavaliers on national television. On the second end of a back-to-back, the DC franchise was hoping to get back on track with an important matchup with the Indiana Pacers, the conference’s current seven seed. Randy Wittman understands the importance of the game because it is a four game swing when taking into account that the winner gets the season tiebreak. Following Bradley Beal starting in the second half against the Cavs, the Florida product was back in the starting lineup for the first time since February 11th.

As if it was a bad omen, Bradley Beal left the game in the third quarter with a sprained pelvis. The offense was never the same as Washington scored 35 points in the entire second half after dropping 37 in the first quarter alone. Paul George had 38 points on just 22 shot attempts and won the game at the free throw line, where the Wizards evidently lost it with 15 of 24 shooting from the charity stripe. In a game that was going to have a big effect on the Wizards playoff chances, they fell 100-99 in heartbreak fashion. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 61 Recap: Cavs blow out the Wiz who fail to get over .500 hump, again

When the Cleveland Cavaliers visited the Washington Wizards last Sunday, it was no contest with LeBron James getting the day off. Tonight the defending Eastern Conference champions had another member of their “Big Three” sit with Kevin Love sitting. Washington kept things competitive in the first quarter on national television but it was no contest the rest of the way. Cleveland got a balanced scoring performance with six players in double figures while Washington saw players not named John Wall shot 36.9 percent from the floor. Washington has not been over the .500 mark since two games before Thanksgiving on November 24th and that streak continued tonight with a 108-83 loss.

It was an evenly matched game early on as both teams missed their first three shots each before the game being tied at 6 apiece with 7:33 left in the quarter. Bradley Beal came into the game for a struggling Garrett Temple, but immediately committed back-to-back turnovers leading to run out James dunks. As a part of Cleveland’s 8-0 run, Randy Wittman burned a timeout when Washington got down 16-7. While John Wall sat with two personal fouls, Beal attempted to make up for his early woes with eight points in the quarter including two from beyond the arc. Kyrie Irving had eight points of his own which secured the Cavaliers 27-23 lead after one quarter of play.

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Washington Wizards Game 58 Recap: With LeBron resting, Wiz take care of the Cavs

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(Photo by: @SportsCenter)

Many were worried about the inconsistent play of the Washington Wizards defense after just squeaking by the woeful Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. With the prospect of the defending Eastern Conference champions coming into town, head coach Randy Wittman knew “we’re not going to outscore them.” In the middle of a three game in four day stretch, Cavaliers coach Ty Lue announced that LeBron James (rest) would not play against Washington. The Wizards had played the undermanned Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls after the all-star break without any success and knew they had to take care of business at the Phone Booth. Led by John Wall (21p, 13a) and Otto Porter (21p, 5r), Washington controlled the game after an early hiccup on their way to a 113-99 victory,

Washington quickly fell in a 15-8 hole, but they responded with a 22-8 run to turn a seven point deficit into a seven point advantage. John Wall was getting his teammates involved with five first quarter assists, while the Wizards received an extra boost off their bench with 15 points in the first twelve minutes of play. After Cleveland got off to a good start shooting the basketball, they finished the quarter just 9 of 23 (39.1 percent), which allowed Washington to hold a 35-28 lead.

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Washington Wizards Game 57 Game Recap: Wiz take care of business against lowly 76ers after slow start

WALL HAS 23 POINTS, 11 ASSISTS IN WIN OVER PHILLY

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(Photo by: @SportTalkWizards)

The Washington Wizards were coming off of a bad loss to the injury riddled Chicago Bulls that doubled their games back from the playoffs, two to four. That being said, winning three of five games during a seven day stretch is not the worst thing in the world, but the lack of consistent defensive intensity is troubling. After a slow start that had D.C. sports fans cringing at the possibility of giving the likely first-overall selector Sixers their ninth win of the year, Washington turned it on in the third quarter. John Wall went for 13 in that quarter and 17 offensive rebounds in the game did Philadelphia in. The Wizards left the Wells Fargo Center with a 103-94 victory, pulling them to within three games of .500.

Both teams got off to slow starts offensively with Washington shooting just 3 of 13 to start the game compared to Philadelphia’s 3 of 10. The 76ers made their next sive shots from the field to take the early command of the game. Washington was paced by the Georgetown stud Otto Porter with 9 points on 4 of 6 shooting to start the game. Porter’s effort came after playing just five minutes in the second half against Chicago because he was not aggressive enough according to Randy Wittman. At the end of one period of play, the worst offensive team held a 26-21 on the Wizards.

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Washington Wizards Game 54 Recap: Tired legs catch up to the Wiz as they get blown out by Heat

GORTAT SCORES 14 POINTS WITH 13 REBOUNDS, BUT WORN-OUT WIZ FALL

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(Photo by: @NBA)

Three games in three nights is one of the most brutal things in basketball, but Randy Wittman said after the all-star break is the ideal time to go through it. So far the Washington Wizards have put together great defensive efforts against Utah and Detroit before taking a trip to South Beach. While the DC club continues to be without the services of Gary Neal (calf) and Alan Anderson (ankle), Miami was reeling with two major blows to their starting lineup without Dwyane Wade (knee) and Chris Bosh (blood clots). The same defensive intensity from the past two nights wasn’t possible with extremely tired legs for Washington. Couple that with poor shooting to start the game, the Wizards fell 114-94 to end the gruesome three-day stretch. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 53 Recap: Wiz handle the Pistons in Markieff Morris’ debut

MORRIS MAKES WIZ DEBUT WITH SIX POINTS IN 22 MINUTES

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(Photo by: @NBA)

A day after tackling the Utah Jazz in the first of a three straight game stretch, the Washington Wizards quickly turned their attention to the Detroit Pistons. Detroit, the team directly ahead of Washington in the standings, added Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline yesterday, which may have pressured Ernie Grunfeld to make a counter move.

Markieff Morris was active in his first game since arriving in the area and told the media he was excited to be here before the game. Behind another strong performance from the House of Guards — John Wall (22p, 8a, 8r) and Bradley Beal (17p, 3a) — Washington dominated Detroit on their way to a 98-86 victory.

Detroit got off to a bad offensive start by opening the game 1 of 11 from the field including missed shots from close to the rim. Washington started with a 9-2 lead before going on a 9-0 run that gave them a double digit lead. The Wizards defense was stellar again as they held Detroit to 6 of 22 shooting and just 15 points in the first quarter, a season best for Washington. The home team gave the crowd free Egg McMuffins for the second night in a row with a 29-15 lead after one quarter of play.

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Washington Wizards Game 52 Recap: John Wall and company start the “second” half by dominating Jazz

WALL’S 31ST DOUBLE-DOUBLE PACES WIZARDS OVER JAZZ

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(Photo by: @NBA)

Hours after making waves around the league by acquiring Markieff Morris, the Washington Wizards had to reset their focus on the Utah Jazz. In a makeup game that was previously snowed out nearly five weeks ago, Washington had to start the second half off right as they are currently tenth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Against a decently talented Utah team, Washington won every single quarter, a rarity. Great production from Washington’s two centers — Marcin Gortat with 22 and Nene with 16 points — complemented John Wall’s 31st double-double of the season. At the end of it all the Wizards were victorious 103-89. [Read more…]

BREAKING: Washington Wizards trade for PF Markieff Morris at Trade Deadline

(Photo by: Rick Scuteri/ Associated Press)

(Photo by: Rick Scuteri/ Associated Press)

The Washington Wizards traded a protected, applicable to picks 1-9, first-round pick as well as the expiring contracts of Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair to the Phoenix Suns for stretch-four forward Markieff Morris, 26.

Morris (6-10, 245) was the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and has averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds during his career. The talent has never been in question as he can be a serviceable stretch-four option, but is attitude is of greatest concern. Morris recently was seen choking teammate Archie Goodwin on the Suns bench after previously throwing a towel at his then head coach, Jeff Hornacek.

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