February 28, 2015

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…]

Washington Wizards All-Star Break Mid-Season Review

While John Wall is off representing the Washington Wizards in New York City as the starting point guard of the Eastern Conference All-Star Team, it is time for us to think about how good the Wizards really are. About two-thirds through the season, the Wizards sit at a record of 33-21 and currently hold the fourth seed in the conference standings.

Although this may be an improvement from last year at this point, Washington is a staggering ten games back of the Southeast Division and Conference lead as the Atlanta Hawks have a stranglehold on both.

The Wizards are 18th in the league with 99.7 points per game and ninth overall with only 97.3 points allowed per game. This is a regression from their 100.7 points per game last year, yet an improvement from their 99.4 points allowed per game. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 52 Review: Wizards get badly needed win by beating Nets to end 5 game skid

The Washington Wizards entered play Saturday riding a five-game losing streak, their worst such stretch since the end of the 2012-2013 season. The Wizards looked to end the skid and regain some ground in the playoff race in the final three games before the All-Star break. They did what they had to in emphatic style, as seven scored in double-figures and all 13 who played scored in the 114-77 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center.

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Washington Wizards Game 51 Review: Wizards fall apart in fourth at Charlotte, lose fifth straight

Hustle, fundamentals and mental fortitude are just some of the things that make up a winning basketball team. The Washington Wizards sorely lacked those attributes on Thursday night, as they were outscored by 12 in the fourth quarter and fell to the Charlotte Hornets, 94-87, for their fifth straight loss.

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Washington Wizards Game 50 Review: Wiz skid continues in loss to Hawks

WALL HAS 24 POINTS WITH 9 ASSISTS AND 7 BOARDS AS WIZ LOSE 4TH STRAIGHT

The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards, 105-96, Wednesday night at Philips Arena in Atlanta. This was the Wizards’ season high fourth straight loss. The Hawks rebounded with a victory after the New Orleans Pelicans ended their 19-game winning streak.

Coming out of halftime trailing 59-46, the Wizards forced the Hawks to call timeout by cutting the deficit to 66-60 with 8:03 left in the third quarter behind Marcin Gortat’s eight points. The Wizards continued to chip away at the lead. Bradley Beal brought the Wizards to within one with a three-point play when he was fouled on a layup with 3:25 left. John Wall added two free throws to give the Wizards their short-lived lead at 74-73 with 1:16 left in the quarter. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 49 Review: Wizards fail to complete the comeback again, this time to the Hornets

After failing to complete the comeback against the Toronto Raptors at home on Saturday, the Wizards failed to bounce back against a struggling and injured Charlotte Hornets team. The Wizards were again down by double digits and came back to tie  but were unable to take the lead late as they fell 92-88.

The first quarter started with hot shooting by the Hornets and poor defense from the Wizards, déjà vu from the last game. As a result, Randy Wittman was forced to take a timeout a bit over four minutes into the game as the Wizards already faced an early 15-7 deficit. All of that was the result of three Wizards turnovers and the Hornets getting open looks after good ball movement to start the game 7 of 10 from the field. Wittman smartly made adjustments by helping Marcin Gortat against Al Jefferson down low with the show of a double team. For the third straight game, Garrett Temple got extended minutes off the bench and seemed to give the team a much needed boost. At the end of the first quarter, the Wizards methodically cut the earlier deficit of eight in half to 28-24. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 48 Review: Wizards comeback falls short in OT against Raptors

After completing the Western four game road trip with a .500 record, the Washington Wizards looked to get regrouped at home as they begin a 10-game stretch against multiple formidable playoff bound teams. After the Wizards came back from a 16-point fourth quarter deficit, they failed to complete the comeback in overtime and fell to the Toronto Raptors 120-116.

The first quarter started with a hot-shooting start for the Raptors. In the first seven minutes of the game, they were 9 of 13 from the field including 5 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Wizards big men, neither Marcin Gortat nor Nene could not get out to defend Amir Johnson and Patrick Peterson respectively from deep. Many of the Raptors shots were open because of constant ball movement. The Wizards would themselves start to heat up from the field as they went 11 of 16 from the field in the quarter. Although the Raptors air-balled one 3-point attempt, it was the only attempt out of eight that they missed. As a result, the Raptors held a minimal 33-30 lead after the first quarter. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 46 Review: Wall rallies Wiz over Lakers

WIZARDS SEND LAKERS TO NINTH STRAIGHT LOSS

John Wall scored 21 points with 13 assists and nine rebounds and the Washington Wizards rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 98-92 on Tuesday, sending the once-proud Lakers to their ninth straight loss.

Wall was 8 of 12 from the floor, but just 5 of 12 from the line and did not attempt a 3-pointer. Bradely Beal added 19 points, Otto Porter — who started in place of Paul Pierce — had 12 points in 29 minutes and Marcin Gortat ended with 11 points.

Pierce missed the game with a nagging left toe injury. Kobe Bryant (torn rotator cuff) and Nick Young (ankle) were out for Los Angeles.

Wayne Ellington had a career-high 28 points for the Lakers and rookie Jordan Clarkson added a career-high 18, who are on their longest losing streak since 1994.

The Wizards trailed by 19 during the second quarter as they came out flat and seemingly unmotivated to paly against one of the more struggling franchises going. But they scored the final six points of the quarter, with Wall going to the bucket for layups twice, and went into the break down 57-46.

Washington used a 12-0 run in the third quarter — punctuated by an ally-oop from Wall to Gortat — to further cut into the deficit and the Lakers clung to a one-point lead at the end of the frame.

Rasual Butler gave the Wizards their first lead of the game since early in the first quarter with a 3-pointer with 10:30 left I the game. But it wasn’t decided until the final two minutes.

Ellington’s reverse layup with 2:21 brought the Lakers within three points. Porter’s put-back off a miss by Nene put the Wiz back up five with 1:56 left. On the next possession, Beal stroked a pull-up and the next trip down Wall made 1 of 2 at the line to seal it. L.A. missed four consecutive shots during the sequence to help matters out.

The Wizards get no time to savor the win, as they take on Phoenix Wednesday night in the last of the four-game West Coast swing.

Washington Wizards Game 44 Review: For the second game in a row, the Wizards let one get away

After letting one get away against the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards faced déjà vu on the road against a Western Conference power house in the Portland Trail Blazers, falling 105-96 on Saturday. On a positive note, Paul Pierce joined the likes of Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, and Jason Terry in making 2,000 three point shots.

The first quarter started with a hot shooting start for the Wizards and a cold one for the Trail Blazers. Less than four minutes into the game, Portland’s coach Terry Stotts was forced to call a timeout as his team was down 13-2. This was motivated after Washington started out 6 of 9 from the field, while Portland was struggling with a 0 for 9 performance. The shooting woes for the Trail Blazers didn’t last as LaMarcus Aldridge, who decided to play in this game instead of immediately having thumb surgery, made five shots. Portland finished the quarter shooting 9 of 16 (56%); however, Washington sustained their 58% shooting the entire quarter and led 32-20. [Read more…]

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