April 19, 2021

Washington Wizards Game 18 Review: Missed free throws, lack of front court, and Wesley Matthews doom Wiz against Mavs


The Washington Wizards have been hard to figure out so far this season. They beat the best team in the Eastern Conference on the road, lost to Kobe Bryant and the lottery bound Lakers, and then win a crazy game against the Suns. With the Washington Redskins hosting the archrival Dallas Cowboys Monday night, the Wizards hosted the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday looking to get back to .500. Unfortunately, that will have to wait as Washington left points at the charity stripe, were without four key big men, and could not stop the fire shooting of Wesley Matthews (10 3-pointers). Dallas was victorious 116-104, but the greater concern is for the health of John Wall‘s right knee.

Wall banged knees while playing defense late in the game. He was helped off the floor by teammates and did not return. After the game, Wall said he was “a little sore,” and wasn’t sure on his status for Monday’s game in Miami.

“I don’t know. I have no idea right now,” Wall said. “I just did an X-Ray and did not look at it. I just left. I will probably get all the information tonight.”

Another game where Washington was without the majority of the front court, coach Randy Wittman was forced to play a tiny ball lineup at times. From the beginning of the game, a back-and-forth pace insued. The game was tied seven different times during the first quarter alone. In a suprise performance off the bench, DeJuan Blair contributed seven points in his first five minutes of play on just three field goal attempts. Washington was up 21-16 midway through the quarter before a 11-4 Mavericks run towards the end had Dallas up 29-28 after one quarter.

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Washington Wizards Game 31 Review: Wiz dumped in Dallas

Monte Ellis shook off an ankle injury sustained on Sunday, scored 20 points in 27  minutes with four steals, and helped hold Bradley Beal to 10 points and the Dallas Mavericks dumped the Washington Wizards 114-87 on Tuesday.

Rajon Rondo, recently acquired from the Boston Celtics, added 11 points and five assists.

John Wall and Kris Humphries led the Wizards (22-9) with 11 points as the team shot 4 of 12 from beyond the arc and made just 17 of 27 free throws (63 percent).

The Wizards trailed by just three after the first quarter, but a couple of different spurts, including a 11-4 run midway through the second quarter, pushed the Dallas lead to 12 with 5:03 left in the half, with Richard Jefferson going to the hole strong twice on consecutive possessions, then drilling a 3-pointer for emphasis.

The Mavericks led 63-45 at the break.

The third quarter was no better, as a particular sequence went: Beal miss, Pierce turnover, Beal foul, Pierce miss fade, Gortat miss jumper, Beal turnover, Wall turnover, Wall shooting foul.

Beal had a particularly rough night, going 4 of 14 from the floor in 28 minutes.

The Wizards are off until Friday when they take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

Washington Wizards Game 9 Review: Beal Returns, Wiz Fall To Mavs


The Washington Wizards suffered their first home-loss of the season to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night, 105-102, but they did return one of their biggest stars in Bradley Beal.

With 4:52 left in the first quarter, Beal – who missed the Wizards’ first nine games with a wrist injury – entered the game for the first time since preseason. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 29: Wizards Downed by Vince Carter’s 23 Points

It sounds like such a broken record, but the Washington Wizards were yet again dominated by a superstar player in their 103-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Vince Carter was on fire for the Mavericks throughout the game, hitting nine of his 14 shots and scoring a game high 23 points. Despite Carter scoring a game high in points, he was still a zero in plus-minus, but got some help in that category from his teammates. It was clear Carter was the scoring difference in the game for the Mavericks and was the player who caused the most problems for the Wizards.

Meanwhile, Bradley Beal did his very own Carter impression for the Wizards. A rookie, Beal knocked down seven buckets and took a total of 16 shots for a team high 22 points. He hit four of his seven threes to end a terrible stretch where he had not hit a three point field goal in more than a week. Like Carter, despite scoring a team high in points, he was also second to worst in plus-minus with a minus-18 rating.

Yet again the turnovers were a huge factor in the game for Washington. As a whole, the team gave the ball away 14 times with every starter, except Garrett Temple, had multiple of them. It is a huge problem that has followed the Wizards all year long. With the team struggling to play consistently, cutting down on the turnovers would certainly be a step in the right direction.

Speaking of inconsistencies.

Kevin Seraphin had the most disappointing performance of the night by far. The former first round pick has been great at times this year, but has fallen into a little bit of a slump lately. He scored 10 points, but was minus-24 while he was on the floor. While yes, plus-minus can be a little deceiving, but a minus-24 shows he was a part of a very ineffective group of defensive players.

After three straight double doubles to end November, Seraphin has not had another 10 rebound game since.

The Wizards now drop to a dreadful 4-25 now on the year. They have another tough test coming up on Wednesday in the Indiana Pacers before returning home against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. After having one of the easiest schedules before 2013, the Wizards are going to see their schedule start to get significantly harder quickly.

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 7: After 107-101 Loss to Mavericks, Winless Wizards Stand Alone

The Washington Wizards (0-7) rallied in the fourth quarter in time to pull within three points of the Dallas Mavericks (5-4) with little more than 20 seconds left to play, but they failed to catch the team, which made a mockery of Washington’s defense in the first half.

As it turns out, misery doesn’t always love company. After the Detroit Pistons managed a win earlier Wednesday night, the Wizards were officially dealt the honor of being the last remaining winless team in the NBA. A loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday would mean Washington, at the very least, will tie last year’s 0-8 record to start the season.

It wasn’t all bad for the victory-starved Wizards. Jordan Crawford led the squad with 21 points – 17 of which were in the second half – and seven assists, but the Mavericks could have – and should have – run away with the win early on, had they not fallen apart for a large portion of the second half.

There was parity between the two teams at the start of the game. For every shot the Mavericks’ Chris Kaman tallied, A.J. Price or Bradley Beal had an answer, and when the clock ran out at the end of the first, the Wizards were down by only four points.

In the second quarter, however, things became downright embarrassing for the Wizards’ defense, which was virtually nonexistent. The Mavericks managed a whopping 40 points in the quarter, breaking their previous record of 37 for any quarter this season. And, while O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison did little to present the Wizards with opportunities, Washington, yet again, missed wide open shots and handed the Mavericks free throw opportunities, which hurt them in the long run.

The Wizards simply lacked the capacity to deliver with consistency – and it proved costly in their failure to regain a lead after entering the second half, trailing by 18.

That isn’t to say they didn’t put forth a rather uncharacteristically valiant effort.

As if things weren’t bad enough for the Wizards, who continue to count the days until John Wall and Nene return, Wall’s backup – A.J. Price – left the game just a minute into the third quarter after rolling his ankle.

But, the bad luck didn’t stop there.

After trailing by as many as 22 points in the third quarter, the Wizards went on a 15-0 tear, thanks in part to a pair of three-pointers from Jordan Crawford. Of all the Wizards to spark a full-blown rally, Cartier Martin stepped in with back-to-back shots from behind the arc to pull the Wizards within three of the Mavs. He had further help from Kevin Seraphin, who posted 14 points in the quarter.

The Martin-Seraphin duo kept it close for the Wizards and, with just over 20 seconds left of play, Washington trailed by only three after Martin sunk yet another three-pointer to make it 104-101 Mavericks.

However, it was Kaman’s night to emerge the hero of the game, which marked only his second start for the Mavericks.

Kaman found the net once more to make it 106-101 Mavericks, and drew a foul off Jan Vesely to add salt to Washington’s wounds with less than 10 seconds left.

Needless to say, despite having shot 48.1% from the field, the Wizards will return to Washington without a win to their name.


Mavs stop the bleeding in Dallas, continue Wizards road woes 107-98

On the second game of their Texas road swing the Wizards faced a sliding Mavericks’ squad that had just been blown out in Oakland by 24 points, and was a very unimpressive 2-8 in their last ten games.

The defending champs were able to get back on track at home, eventually pulling away from the Wizards down the stretch 107-98. The Wizards fell to 9-32 on the season.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting and was +19 on the night, while Jason Terry chipped in 24 points to get Dallas over the century mark for only the second time in the past 14 games. It was also only the fourth time this season they notched 60 first half points.

Perhaps the biggest pick-me-up for the Mavs, however, was Rodrigue Beaubois, the Dallas fan favorite, who tallied 19 points while also notching six boards, four assists, two steals and several acrobatic plays.

Trevor Booker paced the Wizards with 20 points and 12 rebounds, becoming a focal point for the Wizards low post offense. John Wall bounced back after a subpar outing, scoring 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting and dishing out 10 assists to his one turnover.

Jordan Crawford and Nick Young chipped in 15 points each, while JaVale McGee had 12 points and 3 blocks, while sporting the team’s best plus/minus on the night (+7).

The Wizards were able to take a lead 24-20 after a 18-8 run in the middle of the first quarter, but after trading leads in the game’s first 18 minutes, John Wall missed a free throw that would have tied it at 42 and the Wizards never regained the lead.

Dallas shot 82 percent (14 of 17 from the field) in the decisive second quarter, and ended the half with a 10-3 run to take a 60-51 advantage.

Midway through the third quarter provided a snapshot of why the Wizards weren’t quite able to get back into it in the second half. After cutting the lead to eight and getting two stops on defense to close in further the Wizards fouled Nowitzki on a made 14-foot jumper. Crawford was hit with a technical foul for disputing the call, and Nowitzki was able to convert on both ensuing freebies to give the Mavs a 68-56 lead.

The Wizards eventually closed the gap to 70-68, but the Mavs went on a 13-5 run over a four minute stretch that gave them some breathing room.

Wall felt the team played hard but fell short on the defensive end. “We competed; we just gave up too many easy baskets. We’ve got to figure out how to close.”

The Wizards continue their road trip Thursday in New Orleans, where they take on another NBA bottom feeder in the 10-32 Hornets.

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