September 28, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 68 Recap: Wizards drop second straight with loss to Trail Blazers

John Wall tallied 24 points and 14 assists, but the Washington Wizards fell 116-103 to a Portland Trail Blazers team still without LaMarcus Aldridge.

If the Wizards want to fight for a playoff spot – their first since 2008 – they’re going to have to put games like Thursday night’s loss behind them. With two more road Western Conference games remaining in this stretch, Washington is currently sixth in the East.

Still, many of the playing habits coach Randy Wittman has tried to break returned, as Washington seemingly ran out of gas in the second quarter, allowing Portland an 8-0 run.

They never quite regained momentum, either.

In the third quarter, the Blazers outshot Washington 33-22, thanks in part to six made threes. By the end of the night, Portland made 14 of 35 three-point attempts and shot 50.6 percent from the field. Even more, both Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard topped the 20-point mark with 28 and 23, respectively.

The Wizards couldn’t quite pull it together in the fourth quarter to put up much of a fight. For a while, they seemed to test the three-point strategy effectively as Drew Gooden, Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza each sank long jumpers in the span of two minutes. But, Washington’s defense could not slow Matthews and Lillard, who continued to work their way over the 20-point threshold until the final 2:30 of the game.

Perhaps the most telling example of Washington’s up-and-down performance as of late was the fact that Wall himself provided some Jekyll-and-Hyde action. The Wizards’ point guard scored 13 points in the first quarter, zero in the second, 11 in the third and zero in the fourth.

Washington will look to recover some ground Friday night as the team takes on the (22-45) Los Angeles Lakers, who have now dropped three straight contests.

Bradley Beal Named to NBA All-Rookie First Team

The NBA announced Tuesday that Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. With the announcement, Beal becomes the 15th rookie in franchise history to receive NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.

Beal appeared in 56 games during the 2012-2013 season, including 46 starts. Beal’s season was cut short due to a stress injury in his right fibula.
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Washington Wizards Game Wrap 39: Wizards Top Trail Blazers 98-95 on Crawford’s Buzzer Beater

If you’re a Washington Wizards (9-30) fan who has held on throughout the course of the season thus far, Monday night’s 98-95 win over the Portland Trail Blazers (20-21) was your reward.

Jordan Crawford’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer well after midnight on the east coast proved enough to send Wizards fans to bed with a smile on their faces. So, too, was the somewhat clumsy – but hard-earned – celebration that commenced afterwards on the court.

But, while Crawford – who posted 13 points and one rebound in Portland – was undoubtedly the hero of the game, the true promise for celebrations to come rests not in the final seconds of Monday’s contest, but in the fact that the Wizards have learned to spread the wealth and move the ball.

In addition to Crawford, Martell Webster and Nene each tallied 24 points apiece. Nene added nine rebounds and five assists, and Webster another four rebounds and six assists. Emeka Okafor rounded out the double-digit crew with his eighth double-double of the season – which consisted of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Perhaps more telling was the fact that the Wizards added Monday’s win to the books without many offensive contributions from John Wall – who added just six points – and Bradley Beal – who posted just two. [Read more…]

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