October 22, 2019

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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Washington Wizards Game 48 Recap: Much needed pick me up win gained against woeful 76ers

WALL GOES FOR 4th CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLE WITH CAREER HIGH IN REBOUNDS

(Photo by: @NBA)

(Photo by: @NBA)

The Washington Wizards were beaten by double-digits at home against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, but there was some positives to take away. Then interim head coach Don Newman told the players after the loss that they will be successful if they play “like this and put it on the floor.” John Wall agreed by saying Washington would win 10 out of 10 games, since they won’t play the Warriors again, if they play with the energy they did. For the first time Dec. 9, Bradley Beal returned to the Wizards starting lineup.

Washington got off to a great start in the first quarter to take a commanding 20-point lead behind their best offensive performance to start a game. From there they hardly looked back, although they allowed Philadelphia to get back within single digits during a turnover filled stretch. Behind John Wall’s fourth career triple-double performance including a career high 13 rebounds, the Wizards cruised to a 106-94 victory.

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Washington Wizards Game 38 Recap: House of Guards return to form as Wiz top Pacers

The Washington Wizards are back to playing the brand of basketball that makes Randy Wittman happy. The defensive intensity has picked up, to a tune of 58 forced turnovers during the current three-game winning streak, and they have allowed that to turn into efficient offense by scoring 73 points off said turnovers. Going into Friday, the Wizards have 15 more games until the all star break in mid-February, when they are likely to be fully healthy — barring any further injury. Although currently the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference, they are only one game back of the eighth seeded Magic.

 Without two regular starters, Marcin Gortat (knee inflammation) and Otto Porter (hip), you might think the Pacers would run Washington out of the building with the shooting that set Verizon Center on fire before Thanksgiving. While the Pacers shot a miserable 17.6 percent (3 of 17) from beyond the arc, the House of Guards performance that fans expected all year returned. John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 50 points on 36 field goal attempts as well as 12 rebounds and 9 assists. Washington got 69 points off the bench as they cruised in the second half with a 118-104 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

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Washington Wizards Game 28 Review: Wiz back to .500 after strong fourth quarter over Nets

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

Since the large number of injuries plagued the Washington Wizards earlier in the month, they have been struggling to find ways to manufacture wins while some of their best players are on the mend.

Recently, John Wall has found his role as an all around beast on the court to propel his team to a three game winning streak. Otto Porter (bruised thigh) made his return, but off the bench as rookie Kelly Oubre Jr. was not going to be benched during his stretch of hot shooting. Marcin Gortat was the Wizards player of the game with 25 points, seven rebounds, and even three assists (!) as the Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-96. [Read more…]

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

JOHN WALL INJURES KNEE IN LOSS, WIZARDS STAY SUB-.500

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 13 Recap: Sloppy play, poor shooting leads to another blowout loss to Celtics

During the Washington Wizards third game of a four game stretch in five days, they were looking to snap their two-game losing streak to get back above the .500 mark. Unfortunately, with more turnovers than assists and getting killed on the boards, Washington saw things get out of hand early on. Without anyone having a good offensive night, things got even worse during garbage time in the fourth quarter before the Wizards eventually fell by a final score of 111-78.

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

Things were promising early for Bradley Beal because of his aggressive nature to get to the bucket instead of settling for jump shots. The Florida product had the Wizards first three field goals. Ever since Kris Humphries made five three-pointers to help Washington beat the Orlando Magic, he has been ice cold and might be transitioned out of the starting lineup. Boston opened the game on a 22-8 run while cashing in on the boards for 11 second-chance points seven minutes into the game. Nene would leave the game in the first quarter after reaggravating his left calf injury before the Celtics closed out the quarter with a 29-18 lead.

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Washington Wizards Game 3 Review: Dropped by Carmelo and the New York Knicks in home opener

After the home opener festivities where the entire team was introduced under the spotlight, the Washington Wizards were looking to start their season off with three straight victories against the New York Knicks.

Washington wished they caught Carmelo Anthony on any other night as the All-Star dropped 37 in the nation’s capital and although the House of Guards combined for 51 points, it came on 39 shots. The Wizards were in a back and forth fight all game, but could not come back late. The New York Knicks were victorious 117-110 to hand the Wizards their first loss of the year. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards: Roster Finalized After Five Training Camp Invites Waived

The Washington Wizards went into training camp with 15 guaranteed contracts and brought in another five talented players to fill out the allowed 20 man squad. Today when the team was forced to trim their roster down to the max 15 man rotation ahead of the season opener on Wednesday, all five of the training camp invites, center Josh Harrellson, guard Jaron Johnson, guard Toure Murry, center Jaleel Roberts, and guard Ish Smith, were waived.

Washington had real talent in the five players they brought in and are going to hate letting them go back in the market without the lure of a developmental league team.

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Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Centers

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Although the idea of a small ball offense often relies on four shooters across the perimeter, there is a big role for the long post presence to take advantage of the extra space he has to work in down low. For the Washington Wizards, they will lean on the Polish Machine Marcin Gortat as the starting center. In a major change from last year, it looks like the big Brazilian Nene will come off the bench and play primarily in a backup center role that Kevin Seraphin has vacated. Though Wittman has preached not to read too much into preseason line ups, it seems all but inevitable that the Wizards will avoid having two prototypical big men on the court at the same time.

For Marcin Gortat, who hopes to become more consistent throughout the length season, he loves the idea that he will have more space to work in the post. Gortat knows that he will adjust his game to move more without the ball and even be more of a distributor to one of the four perimeter shooters. In his two seasons in DC, Gortat has been an iron man for the Wizards by missing just two games and provides a consistent 12.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. The hope is that Gortat will be able to pass out of double teams to open shooters and/or increase his 55.4 percent shooting from the field because of the additional space he has to work with to beat his man.

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Washington Wizards 2015 Media Day Need to Know: Using Small Ball to get to Eastern Conference Finals

Below you will find everything you need to know from all of the Washington Wizards players, organized by position. The major theme from all parties, which was presumed by the free agent acquisitions, was that the goal is to get past the second round of the playoffs and the team will follow the trend set out by the Golden State Warriors of going small to spread the floor.

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