March 29, 2015

Washington Wizards Game 74 Review: Wizards struggle, fall to Rockets

Two days removed from a double overtime thrilling win over the Hornets, the Wizards welcomed in the Rockets along with MVP candidate James Harden. The woeful shooting from the field continued [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 73 Review: Wizards begin new attempt to get back on track with victory over Hornets

John Wall forced overtime with a pull-up jumper with 9.9 seconds left in regulation, then scored seven of his game-high 32 points in overtime as the Washington Wizards halted a four-game losing streak with a 110-107 double-overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets at the Verizon Center.

Wall’s mid-range jumper with 9.5 seconds left in the second overtime sealed it.

The Wizards entered play struggling again. Having lost three in a row, the performance on and off the court is starting to spiral out of control as multiple reports of friction have occurred. Bradley Beal exited early against the Pacers in their third consecutive loss earlier in the week, but returned to the starting lineup two days later nursing a sprained right ankle. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 70 Review: Wizards fail to get back on track against Kings

The Washington Wizards had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Los Angeles Clippers in a game earlier in the week that got away early in the first quarter. On Sunday afternoon, the Wizards failed to take care of business against a team they had beat during their last streak, this time across the country. Washington struggled throughout the game and lost to the Sacramento Kings, 109-86. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 69 Review: Wiz Clipped

Chris Paul scored 30 points with 15 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers proved too much for the Washington Wizards in a 113-99 win Friday night at the Staples Center.

The loss puts a halt to the Wizards’ five-game winning streak.

John Wall paced the Wizards (40-29) with 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Bradley Beal added 18 points on 5 of 10 shooting, including three 3-pointers.

Paul Pierce was 2 0f 11 for six points, missing eight in a row at one stretch.

J.J. Reddick had 26 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Clippers. Blake Griffin had 22 points while DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and 23 rebounds.

Washington got down early and stayed there. They led 5-3, but Reddick nailed a pair of 3-pointers which started a 15-4 Clippers run to take the starch out of the Wiz’ start.

The Wizards played even with the Clippers the rest of the way (33-31 in the 2nd quarter, 23-24 in the third and 22-23 in the fourth), they were never able to make a run and really get back into this one.

Washington plays at Sacramento on Sunday at 6:00 pm Eastern in the third of a four-game west coast swing.

Washington Wizards Game 68 Review: Wizards overcome turnovers to keep on winning against the hot Jazz

The Washington Wizards are playing some of their best basketball of the 2015 calendar year as they entered play Wednesday on a four-game winning streak, including a quality win over Western Conference power house Portland. The Wizards continued to keep the momentum going as they ended the six-game winning streak of the Utah Jazz, while overcoming 22 turnovers, by a score of 88-84.

But they needed every second of the game to accomplish the feat, and it remained in doubt until Paul Pierce’s steal as time ran out. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 67 Review: Wizards start strong, hang on to beat Portland

A sloppy third quarter, in which the Washington Wizards were outscored by a 34-21 margin, had Wizards fans on the edge of their seats heading into the final 12 minutes. It was trimmed to three in the final frame, until a pair of explosive plays helped the Wizards lay the hammer down.

Bradley Beal’s three-pointer and Marcin Gortat’s alley-oop from John Wall helped Washington stretch the lead and eventually seal the deal with a 105-97 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at Verizon Center. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 66 Review: Wizards continue winning streak with a comeback win against the Kings

The Washington Wizards took care of business against the Memphis Grizzles earlier in the week when Memphis decided to rest four of their five starters, which John Wall saw as a sign of disrespect. On Saturday, the Wizards had a miraculous comeback against the Sacramento Kings, without Rudy Gay, who were on their second leg of a back-to-back stretch to register a 113-97 in at Verizon Center.

At the start the game, the best center in the league, Demarcus Cousins, put on a show as he accounted for all five of the Kings field goals with an assist, dunk, and three impressive long range jumpers. The Wizards countered with four second chance points which helped make up for a poor shooting percentage to start the game.

Luckily for the Wizards, Cousins picked up his second foul seven minutes into the game on a questionable call that went Washington’s way. A major disparity between the two teams was that at the end of the quarter the Kings had eight assists, four by former Wiz Andre Miller, while the Wizards only had three. Although the Kings were up by 25-16, the Wizards closed the deficit to 25-21 at the end of the quarter. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 63 Review: Wizards lose to the Bucks without Beal

The Washington Wizards were able to prevent a 35-point come back from the Miami Heat on the first of a back to back leg. Unfortunately, they could not keep the momentum going as they lost to the surging Milwaukee Bucks 91-85.

In the first quarter, things were not good for the Wizards as it was showing that they were the sluggish team that had traveled the night before. The Bucks opened the game four of five on three point field goals, many of which were uncontested attempts. Randy Whitman was forced to call a timeout when his team fell behind 16-6. The Wizards were getting beat on loose balls, which led to turnovers. Milwaukee made Washington pay for such as they scored nine points off of these turnovers and got additional buckets coming off of defensive switches leaving players open. Marcin Gortat did his best to keep the game relatively close as he made all four of his field goal attempts, but the Wizards were still down 30-19 after the first quarter. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 56 Review: Wizards suffer another bad loss, fall to Pistons

The Washington Wizards came out of the All-Star break and stunk up the Verizon Center in their first game back by getting destroyed by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wizards weren’t able to show much better on the road against the Detroit Pistons in a Sunday matinee, losing 106-89.

In the first quarter, things were slow and steady for both teams with mediocre shooting. The majority of offensive production for both teams came from the paint where the Wizards had 10 of their first 12 points. Even though Nene was sidelined early with two fouls in the first five minutes of action, Kevin Seraphin, not Kris Humphries, stepped in to have a bucket and two assists early. This allowed the Wizards to have an early 12-11 lead midway through. The Pistons began to find their stroke from deep as they hit four straight 3-pointers late in the quarter giving them a 27-22 lead. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 55 Review: Wizards come back from All Star break to get blown out by rival Cavs

The Washington Wizards came out of the All-Star break with a 33-21 record. The time off did the Wizards well in the fact that they were able to get Kris Humphries healthy. However, they are still without sharp shooting Bradley Beal who is still dealing with a toe injury and a more recent stress reaction in his lower right fibula. That loss of scoring showed up as the Wizards got blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-89.

The first quarter was off to a fast start which did not suit the Wizards well defensively. The Wizards had four turnovers within the first six minutes of the game, which were converted into eight points for Cleveland. Moreover, all of the Cavaliers players were able to get to the paint wherever they wanted as 16 of their first 21 points came inside.

Even though the Wizards played well offensively, the Cavs were able to get eight assists on their first ten field goals leading to 73 percent shooting early on. Although the Wizards defense started to improve as the quarter progressed, the Cavaliers got too many opportunities on the break, where LeBron James is virtually unstoppable. The eleven fast break points for Cleveland was a major factor in their 35-26 lead at the end of the first quarter. [Read more…]

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