July 5, 2022

Washington Wizards Game 79 Recap: Wiz unable to complete comeback against Pistons, eliminated from playoffs without Wall

(Photo by: Allen Einstein / Getty Images)

(Photo by: Allen Einstein / Getty Images)

For the second game, and only second time this season, the Washington Wizards took the floor without their best player John Wall (sore knee). Needing to win their final four games and having Detroit lose their final three, the Wizards got an opportunity for a two for one by traveling to The Palace in a Friday night matchup with the Pistons. In typical Washington fashion, the road team dug themselves a big hole before getting bailed out by an unlikely source in the third quarter. But in the end it was all about not playing defense against Reggie Jackson who dropped 39 in Auburn Hills. Washington’s season essentially ended today by being eliminated from playoff contention with a 112-99 loss to Detroit.

If Washington was going to have any shot of miraculous squeaking into the playoffs, they would need another efficient performance from Bradley Beal who scored 25 points on 15 shot attempts against Brooklyn. Things looked good for the Panda early on when he scored seven straight Wizards points, but then things dropped off for the road team. Following a Stan Van Gundy timeout, Detroit went on a 13-2 run behind 7 of 9 shooting from beyond the arc in the first quarter. Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris combined for 27 points and Washington trailed 39-25 after twelve minutes.

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Washington Wizards Game 66 Recap: Wiz end five-game skid and keep playoff hopes alive with beat down of Pistons

Coming off an extremely disappointing three-game West Coast trip, the Washington Wizards are on a five-game skid. On the other hand, the Detroit Pistons, 3.5 games ahead of Washington for the eighth and final playoffs spot, have won 7 of their last 10. If there was any chance of the Wizards making a late season surge, they would have to defend their home court against the Pistons.

Every time the Washington Wizards embarrass themselves and everyone is writing them off from playoff contention, they do something spectacular that makes you scratch your head. That is exactly what happened at Verizon Center tonight when the Wizards made fools of the Pistons. Washington led from start to finish with efficient and balanced offense. leading to a season-high in points, complemented by suffocating defense on their way to 124-81 beatdown of Detroit on national television. Almost as important as the win is the Wizards securing a tiebreak over the Pistons, essentially putting them one less game back of the playoffs.

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Washington Wizards Game 53 Recap: Wiz handle the Pistons in Markieff Morris’ debut


(Photo by: @NBA)

(Photo by: @NBA)

A day after tackling the Utah Jazz in the first of a three straight game stretch, the Washington Wizards quickly turned their attention to the Detroit Pistons. Detroit, the team directly ahead of Washington in the standings, added Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline yesterday, which may have pressured Ernie Grunfeld to make a counter move.

Markieff Morris was active in his first game since arriving in the area and told the media he was excited to be here before the game. Behind another strong performance from the House of Guards — John Wall (22p, 8a, 8r) and Bradley Beal (17p, 3a) — Washington dominated Detroit on their way to a 98-86 victory.

Detroit got off to a bad offensive start by opening the game 1 of 11 from the field including missed shots from close to the rim. Washington started with a 9-2 lead before going on a 9-0 run that gave them a double digit lead. The Wizards defense was stellar again as they held Detroit to 6 of 22 shooting and just 15 points in the first quarter, a season best for Washington. The home team gave the crowd free Egg McMuffins for the second night in a row with a 29-15 lead after one quarter of play.

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Washington Wizards Game 60 Review: Wiz narrowly escape Pistons after 20-plus point lead

The Washington Wizards defeated the Detroit Pistons, 99-95, on Saturday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, breaking a six-game losing streak. Marcin Gortat scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for Washington, including a key rebound off a missed free throw that enabled the Wizards to ice the game after blowing a 21-point third quarter lead.

The Wizards had their biggest lead at 66-48 on Paul Pierce’s three-pointer with 8:58 left in the third quarter. The Pistons whittled the lead down to ten going into the fourth quarter at 80-70.

The Pistons further cut the lead down to one with a 9-0 run just over three minutes into the quarter. Then the Pistons took their first lead at 85-84 on Spencer Dinwiddie’s putback dunk off his own miss with 6:44 left. The Pistons exchanged baskets with Wizards free throws as the lead changed hands five times before the Wizards finally seized the lead for good at 90-89 on a pair of Gortat free throws with 4:45 left.

John Wall’s layup gave the Wizards a five-point lead with 58 seconds left at 96-91. Greg Monroe’s layup followed by a Dinwiddie steal and layup brought the Pistons to within one at 96-95 when they fouled Bradley Beal with ten seconds left.

Beal made the first free throw but missed the second. Gortat tipped the rebound back to Wall, who was fouled and sank his two free throws with 7.3 seconds left to give the Wizards their final margin of victory.

The Wizards jumped out to a 31-17 lead in the first quarter behind strong frontcourt play from Gortat and Nene, who combined for 14 of those points.

Gortat’s layup 17 seconds before halftime gave the Wizards a 60-44 lead. Drew Gooden’s four jumpers, including a three-pointer, were instrumental in helping the Wizards extend their lead. Pierce hitting four out of his eight three-point shot attempts was also key.

Wall led the Wizards with 22 points while Nene added 21. Beal scored eight points on 2of 10 shooting in his first game back in the starting lineup after missing eight games because of injury. Pierce was also returning after missing two games to injury.

Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Dinwiddie contributed 20 points and eight assists off the bench.

Washington Wizards Game 8 Review: Wiz Defeat Pistons With Late Drama


Behind a strong second half, the Washington Wizards took care of the Detroit Pistons at home, 107-103. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 27 Recap: With help from Beal, Wizards rout Pistons

Just a day after Bradley Beal needed two of his teammates to help him to the locker room, the Washington Wizards guard took the court Saturday night in time to help his team to a 106-82 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Beal scored 15 points on the night after bruising his left knee in a collision with Minnesota Timberwolves’ Luc Mbah Friday.

“I just came out and did my normal routine,” Beal said after Saturday’s win. “…I just went out there and did what I was supposed to do—workout-wise—and I felt fine from the get-go, so I just continued to do what I did and I played the way I was capable of playing.”

Among Beal’s biggest contributions on the night were his eight consecutive points in the final minutes of the second quarter. John Wall set up Beal for back-to-back threes with little more than two minutes remaining to help Washington enter the second half with a comfortable 62-41 lead. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 1 Wrap: Wizards’ rally falls short in season opener

Old habits die hard and, on Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards of new looked much like the Wiz Kids of old in their 113-102 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

It was not John Wall or Bradley Beal who helped carry the Wizards in their comeback attempt after trailing by as many as 15 points, rather, it was Trevor Ariza who provided the most momentum with 28 points by day’s end, including six shots from behind the arc.

Wall came up with 20 points and 11 assists for Washington and Beal added another 17 and two respectively, but it was largely defense that dashed Washington’s hopes early against a revamped Detroit squad.

Detroit handed Washington plenty of opportunities on early turnovers, but as Wall & co. tried to push back in the second half, so, too, did Washington gift the Pistons opportunities.

Halfway through the third quarter, the Wizards pulled within single digits of catching Detroit, but Greg Monroe was too quick to catch throughout. By the end of the night, Detroit’s player-of-the-game recorded 24 points and 16 rebounds.

After entering the fourth quarter down 81-73, Al Harrington and Marcin Gortat came up with timely free throws to help the Wizards keep things close. Martell Webster added another two free shots before Gortat made a bucket to veer right onto Detroit’s path, trailing 89-85.

But, the newly returned Chauncey Billups had an answer that would lay to rest comeback hopes. Billups sank back-to-back baskets from 26 and 27 feet respectively before Josh Smith’s three powered the Pistons to a 103-89 lead with five minutes left to play.

Wall and Beal did their best to lead the Wizards back in it, but the effort proved too little too late. In the end, the Pistons outscored the Wizards by a crushing 32-8 advantage in the paint. As such, Detroit powered to a 113-102 win at The Palace of Auburn Hills, further delaying the Wizards’ hopes to showcase a playoff-bound squad.

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 56: Wizards throw away victory in 96-95 loss to the Pistons

The Washington Wizards’ winning streak ended at three games, as they fell to the Detroit Pistons 96-95 for the fourth time this season, as the Wizards threw away the final possession which gave them a chance to hit a shot to win it.

Even with John Wall having probably one of his worst games of the season, the Wizards were able to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter and almost overcame what looked like an insurmountable Pistons lead, but their attempt fell just short, entirely to poor fundamentals.

“We were more caught up in ourselves as individuals than the team. That’s the bottom line. We got guys that, haven’t been in the rotation, complaining, the older guys try to help them and they wont listen and that just tells me I’m worried about myself, I’m not worried about winning this game,” Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman said following the game. “Its my job to coach you and right now, tonight for whatever reason, it’s bizarre to me, they didn’t want to be coached.” [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 25: Another Day, Another Wizards Loss

Saturday was like so many other days that end in day before them, with the now down right awful Washington Wizards falling again to the Detroit Pistons 96-87 to complete a two game home-and-home sweep.

It may not have been as bad as Friday’s loss in Detroit, but getting swept by one of the worst teams in the East when your team is at almost full strength is certainly not good. Detroit—again— dominated from pretty much start to finish. Washington only won one quarter and found themselves with a 54-35 halftime deficit and yet another huge hole they could not dig themselves out of in the second half.

Bradley Beal was a welcome return to the lineup, considering the squads failure to really score any points in Friday’s match, but oh boy did he look rusty. There have been up and down games for Beal all year but Saturday’s was one of his worst. Despite finishing with 17 points, he was 7-of-17 shooting and missed every one of his five three point shots. Drafted to be a scorer, especially a high first round scorer, Beal has to be better. He was practically 0-for the world in the first half and was a big culprit behind the team’s slow start.

Nene started at center, perhaps signaling the end of his potential minutes count, but he did not provide the impact he has in the past. He dropped 10 in the bucket, but only shot 25 percent from the field and was neutralized on the boards with only seven rebounds.

Meanwhile the Pistons had five players in double-figures with backup point guard Rodney Stuckey scoring a team high 19 points, two shy of Jordan Crawford’s 21, which was the game high.

It looked like the Pistons were just having fun on the court all night. The fun and games were highlighted by the alley-oop Charlie Villanueva threw down towards the end of the first half that really showed how much confidence the Pistons were playing with.

Earl Barron and Shaun Livingston, two starters for the last two games, only played a combined 12 minutes, all of them Livingston’s. The writing was already on the wall about their status with the team, but Saturday confirmed their time was probably over in Washington. Following the game, sources revealed to multiple media outlets that the two were no longer were going to be with the team.

It is really a pitiful way for the Wizards to limp into the Christmas break. The home-and-home was a great opportunity for the Wizards to capitalize on a slumping Eastern Conference bottom feeder. Instead, it was the Wizards who were feasted upon and dominated for almost eight straight quarters. The loss drops Washington to 3-22 on the year and are now in the midst of a seven game losing streak, after starting December with two wins in their first four games.

Washington has a three day layoff before they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Boxing Day and then welcome the Orlando Magic to town this Friday.

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 24: Slide Continues, as Wizards Show they are the Worst in the East

It was a dark night for the Washington Wizards, who were thoroughly dominated by the Detroit Pistons from start to finish in a 100-68 loss in Detroit Friday night.

Friday’s first half was most definitely the worst one of the year for the Wizards, who are currently in the midst of a now seven game slide. Heading into the holidays, the schedule set up perfectly for the Wizards to gain some momentum with a home-and-home series against the lowly Detroit Pistons. Their season low 34 points through two quarters though, showed just how painful the Wizards can be.

Now, before going any further the Wizards are without their three best players in Nene, John Wall and Bradley Beal, while also missing Trevor Ariza and AJ Price. Keeping that in mind though, the Pistons do not have a true star on their roster and the closest they come to having any true scoring power is from center Greg Monroe and guard Brandon Knight.

No one would be able to tell that after one, as the Pistons dropped 53 in the first half, despite only shooting 42 percent. It could have been much worse for Washington who continued to struggle to find any scoring outside of Jordan Crawford. The forward had 14 points in the first half of his return to his hometown.

Even shorthanded, the Wizards’ problems come from their own issues. Yes, they certainly miss Beal, Wall and Nene, but it does not excuse the awful shot choices and rushed possessions  It has plagued them all year, the poor execution of a basic game plan, but it was never more apparent than on Friday. The team consistently missed open looks, missed the rim and wasted promising possessions in the first half.

It was not any prettier in the second half as the Wizards started to aboslutely fall apart in the third quarter. A perfect example of why they had such a terrible game came after Crawford was called for a travel. The Pistons pushed the ball up the court and after a shot from Monroe, Kyle Singler grabbed an improbable rebound and kicked it to Tayshaun Prince who hit a three to make it 70-43.

Crawford was part of the reason for Washington coming of the rails. He was called for an offensive foul and a subsequent technical after he ran his mouth. This all came before, the travel he was called for too. While he was the main source of offense for the Wizards, he certainly did not do many other things to help them get back into the game.

The fourth quarter was much like the third, with Detroit controlling the play and scoring 23 to just 17 for the Wizards. Three Pistons would finish in double figures and Andre Drummond finished with a double double by scoring 11 and grabbing 14 boards. The two teams square off again tonight at the Verizon Center in Washington’s last matchup before Christmas.

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