September 20, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 54 Recap: Tired legs catch up to the Wiz as they get blown out by Heat

GORTAT SCORES 14 POINTS WITH 13 REBOUNDS, BUT WORN-OUT WIZ FALL

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(Photo by: @NBA)

Three games in three nights is one of the most brutal things in basketball, but Randy Wittman said after the all-star break is the ideal time to go through it. So far the Washington Wizards have put together great defensive efforts against Utah and Detroit before taking a trip to South Beach. While the DC club continues to be without the services of Gary Neal (calf) and Alan Anderson (ankle), Miami was reeling with two major blows to their starting lineup without Dwyane Wade (knee) and Chris Bosh (blood clots). The same defensive intensity from the past two nights wasn’t possible with extremely tired legs for Washington. Couple that with poor shooting to start the game, the Wizards fell 114-94 to end the gruesome three-day stretch. [Read more…]

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 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 34 Review: Poor middle quarters for Wiz cost them against Raptors

With the number of injuries that the Washington Wizards have endured this season, it is no suprise that they would be reeling. With John Wall cooling off from his Eastern Conference Player of the Month performance in December, Washington came into Friday night’s matchup against Toronto having dropped its previous two games to Miami and Cleveland.

The Raptors have played in “playoffs” mode in their earlier matchup with the Wizards according to Wall, which would explain their two-nil lead so far in the season series. With the return of Gary NealNene, and Drew GoodenRandy Wittman was able to assemble a floor lineup of all bench players for the first time in a while. Getting outscored in the middle two quarters by 20 meant the Wizards were forced to play catch up in the fourth, which did not go well. The result? The Wizards continued to be routed by Toronto in the regular season with a 97-88 loss.

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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 22 Review: Behind Otto Porter’s career night, Wizards get revenge on Mavericks

(Photo by: USA Today)

(Photo by: USA Today)

Not only are the Washington Wizards three games under .500 following a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, but they will be without Bradley Beal for at least two weeks because of a stress injury to his right leg that has been of continuous concern throughout his career. Thanks to efficient scoring from Otto Porter Jr., a career high 28, and Marcin Gortat, 14 on just nine shots, to complement yet another December double-double, 26 points and 16 assists, from John Wall, Washington got a much needed victory over Dallas 114-111.

Washington opened up 7 of 9 from the field as all of the starters chipped in with points four minutes into the game. However, the poor defense against 3-pointers continued as Dallas opened up 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. This coming after Wesley Matthews knocked down ten long balls last Sunday at Verizon Center. John Wall kept Washington in the thick of things with six points and five assists in the first quarter, but Dallas led 28-26.

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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.

(Photo by: NOLA.com)

(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 19 Review: Inconsistent season continues as Wall and Wiz down Heat

Despite a loss, the Washington Wizards were extremely fortunate in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. After John Wall had to be carried off the court after bumping knees with Jeremy Evans, the All-Star point guard was able to deal with soreness — not structural damage — and start 24 hours later in South Beach.

Washington needed its floor general against the current Eastern Conference leaders against the veteran and talent-loaded Miami Heat. In a back-and-forth game, with Dwayne Wade leading the charge for Miami, the Wizards got terrific guard play and were victorious, 114-103, beating the top team in the East a week after doing the same to the Cleveland Cavaliers. [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 14 Recap: Wiz drop fourth straight on dagger three from Raptors as time expires

KORY JOSEPH HITS BUZZER-BEATING THREE TO PUT THE DAGGER IN WIZARDS

Five games removed from having a career shooting performance from beyond the arc for Kris HumphriesRandy Wittman moved trade acquisition Jared Dudley into the starting lineup because he is playing like a “crazed animal”. Washington was desperate for a win to end the grueling four games in five nights stretch, while Toronto was hoping to get a bit of revenge for getting swept in last year’s playoffs. In a game without the services of NeneGary Neal, nor Drew Gooden, Washington’s bench was short-handed. Washington led for most of the night, but after back-to-back missed free throws from John Wall, the Wizards gave up a corner three as time expired to lose 84-82.

(Photo by: @NBA)

(Photo by: @NBA)

Toronto got off to a 9-4 run to start the game including a 30-foot jump shot from Kyle Lowry with 0.5 seconds on the shot clock. Then Marcin Gortat, who apologized to the fans on Friday night, started to get going by starting 4 of 4 from the floor. A couple of three pointers from Jared Dudley and Bradley Beal would spurt a 13-0 run for the home team. Even with John Wall shooting 0 of 6 in his first eight minutes of play, Washington was up 23-16 after one quarter.

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