December 9, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 35 Recap: Wiz end three game skid with continued dominance of Magic

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(Photo by: @NBA)

WALL GOES FOR 24, WIZ BEAT MAGIC FOR 12TH STRAIGHT TIME

On New Year’s Day, the Washington Wizards beat the Orlando Magic for the eleventh straight time, an impressive feat on its own. After looking foolish in their past three games, Washington was desperate to not fall further behind in the playoff picture. The domination for the Magic continued with a balanced scoring attack that saw every starter and Gary Neal off the bench score in double-digits. John Wall led the way with 24 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, and four steals as Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a 105-99 victory over the Magic.

The Wizards got off to a similar start as Friday against the Raptors, by capitalizing off of the opponents turnovers. 57.9 percent (11 of 19) shooting in the first quarter was helped by 12 easy points off of six Magic turnovers. A 13-4 run gave Washington an eight-point lead, thanks to a couple of jumpers from Garrett Temple. The DC club also had a 12-2 edge in the fast break department, which gave them a 27-17 lead after one quarter.

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Washington Wizards Game 27 Review: Strong homestand continues with third straight win as Wiz beat Grizzlies

The Washington Wizards continue to be undermanned as starters Bradley Beal (right leg stress reaction) and Otto Porter (left thigh bruise) continue to sit out for Randy Wittman. Things got worse today as the Washington Post’s Jorge Castillo reports Alan Anderson, Washington’s best defender according to Marcin Gortat, will be sidelined an additional three to five weeks as he recovers from left ankle surgery.

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(Photo by: @Wizards)

Point guard John Wall has been single-handedly willing the Wizards along in December, a month where he is currently averaging 23.6 points, 11.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and even 41.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc per game. Things were no different tonight as Optimus Dime pace Washington with nine first half assists. The All-Star hopeful recorded his fifth straight double-double at home as the Wizards went on to win 100-91.

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Washington Wizards Game 21 Review: Terrible 3-point defense and no Bradley Beal leads to loss in New Orleans

BRADLEY BEAL SITS WITH RIGHT LEG INJURY

The Washington Wizards have been without the services of NeneKris Humphries, and Drew Gooden in recent weeks leading to a depleted frontcourt. With Bradley Beal sitting out Friday night’s game in New Orleans with a sore right leg — a possible reaggravation of last year’s stress fracture that kept him out of eight games — Randy Wittman had only ten players available to him.

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(Photo by: NOLA.com)

John Wall had another strong game with 26 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough. Washington allowed the Pelicans to set a franchise record of 16 made 3s, five by Tyreke Evans, and could not hit the big shot late. The Wizards fell to 9-12 on the season after a 107-105 loss to begin their four-game road trip.

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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.

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(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 10 Recap: Bench fuels comeback as Wiz hold on to beat Detroit in the Palace

In a matchup against two $80 million guards in John Wall and Reggie Jackson, you knew tonight was going to be a fast paced game. With Bradley Beal returning after missing three games with a sore left shoulder, Washington was hoping to get by the Pistons on the road.

Early on it was Washington who was sloppy that led to a Pistons 12-4 run to start the game because of easy transition opportunities. Wall would bring the Wizards right back with their own transition game that spurted an 11-0 run. Both teams began to score at will as one would immediately respond to the bucket of the other. Wall finished the quarter with 6 points and more importantly 5 assists, many of them to Otto Porter who had 10 points in the session. Marcus Morris, like Porter, started 4 of 4 for 10 points, but Washington led 30-24 after one.

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Washington Wizards Game 8: Late game heroics from Kris Humphries help Wiz drop Magic

For the second straight game since Bradley Beal suffered a left shoulder injury against the Atlanta Hawks a week ago, the Washington Wizards will be without the Florida guard’s services. Instead of Towson product Gary Neal getting the start, defensive minded guard Garrett Temple got the nod to play with the first unit. The Orlando Magic were in a similar predicament as they were without former DeMatha star Victor Oladipo. A back and forth game throughout, Kris Humphries and Garrett Temple were the heros for the Wizards on their way to a 108-99 victory to snap their three game losing streak.

After starting the game with a backcourt violation, the Orlando Magic made their next four field goal attempts while Marcin Gortat missed a couple of chip shots from up close that he would like to have back. This forced Randy Wittman to call timeout just two and a half minutes into the game when down 9-3. The Magic would stretch their lead out to 15-5, but Washington would come roaring back with strong shooting from beyond the arc where they finished 5 of 10 at the end of one. Nene gave Washington a boost off the bench with 2 points, 2 beautiful assists, and 2 rebounds to outscore the Magic bench by 9. Although a John Wall floater at the end of the quarter was eventually waived off for coming a split second after the horn, Washington led 29-27.

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Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Shooting Guards

The shooting guard position for the Washington Wizards inevitably begins and ends on the performance of fourth-year man Bradley Beal. Beal is one of the most talented young athletes in the NBA, and has drawn comparisons to future Hall of Famers like Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade. He has a sweet shooting stroke and has shown more aggressiveness on defense and off the dribble, especially in last year’s playoffs.

Unfortunately, a couple of factors have led to the former University of Florida star to still be known as an “up-and-comer” rather than a full-fledged star like his backcourt counterpart, John Wall. First, nagging injuries have cut into each of his first three seasons. Beal has missed 54 out of 246 games since 2013, and as it normally goes in the NBA, injuries can be killer to a player’s stat line. Beal has been relegated to minute limits and coming off the bench at times, and his career points average of 15.6 could be much higher if he were in the lineup on a more consistent basis. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Point Guards

It is common knowledge now; John Wall is one of the best point guards in basketball right now, arguably in the same tier as the elite Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul. With the proneness to injury of Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose, to me there is no question that the Washington Wizards boast the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.

Although Wall is a solid scorer and even better distributor with of the basketball, he cannot play 48 minutes a game during an 82 game season; it is physically impossible. That is where eight-year veteran Ramon Sessions, 29, comes into play. Sessions told me during Wizards Media Day, that he feels great about knowing what system he is going to be playing in the following season during the offseason.

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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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Washington Wizards Resign Veteran Drew Gooden as Roster becomes Complete

DREW GOODEN RESIGNS WITH THE WIZARDS ON A 1 YEAR/$3.3 MILLION DEAL

Drew Gooden, 33, has been a big part of the Wizards playoff run the past two seasons. As a result, not only did Washington resign the Kansas graduate to a veterans minimum ($1.5 million), but they signed him to a one year deal worth $3.3 million.

With the trade acquisition of Jared Dudley, which became official today once the moratorium was lifted, the Wizards have a stretch four. However, Dudley is not the greatest of rebounders, averaging just over 5 boards in a 36 minute period in his career. With the Wizards only having two big men that Randy Wittman trusts to play during the playoffs: Marcin Gortat and Nene, it made sense for Washington to add another big man.

Gooden has a natural drive and energy he brings to the team. At 6′ 10”, the veteran stretch four always seemed to be soaring into the Verizon Center rafters to corral loose balls against the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs. Gooden might only be credited with 3.1 win shares for the Wizards over the past two regular seasons, but his 46.2 percent (12/26) shooting from beyond the arc last postseason to go along with his 5.5 rebounds per game in limited playing time was key. His performance in high leverage situations as well as his likability in the locker room made this a no-brainer. Gooden is clearly happy to be back.

Other teammates likes Wizards leader John Wall also is joyful about the move.

The Wizards now have the maximum of 15 players currently under contract meaning there is little likelihood, at the moment, of signing an additional player off of the summer league team besides first round pick Kelly Oubre. Unless the Wizards are able to offload the contracts of Martell Webster, DeJuan Blair, and even last year’s starting power forward Nene, who currently do not fit into the way the Wizards are shaping their team, rookies like Dez Wells might have to look for work elsewhere.

UPDATED Projected Depth Chart:

PG: John Wall, Ramon Sessions
SG: Bradley Beal, Gary Neal, Garrett Temple
SF: Otto Porter, Alan Anderson, Kelly Oubre, Martell Webster
PF: Jared Dudley, Drew Gooden, Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair
C: Marcin Gortat, Nene

The Wizards are now fully committed to the small ball mentality that the NBA’s best teams are transitioning to with their free agency acquisitions of Jared Dudley, Gary NealAlan Anderson, and now Drew Gooden.

For the latest on the rest of the Washington Wizards offseason building up to the start of the regular season, come back and visit District Sports Page regularly.

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