December 16, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 39 Recap: Wiz cannot get the Celtics monkey off their back as they fall in a heart breaker

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

So far the Washington Wizards have not had pleasant experiences at TD Garden arena at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Both matchups have resulted in Washington digging themselves an early hole on their way to 20 and 33 point losses. To start a five game home stand, the Wizards continued to force turnovers to start the game then it was simply John Wall takeover time as the point guard went off for a season-high 36 points. Unfortunately that was not enough for Washington as Isiah Thomas and Jae Crowder combined for 54 points. In a chaotic final minute, the Wizards fell 119-117 to see their four-game winning streak snapped.

Boston was on fire to start the game by shooting five of six from the field including three makes from beyond the arc. Washington would respond with a 17-4 run by scoring on 12 of 15 possessions. Much to their recent track record, the Wizards forced their opponent into early turnover problems and converted in transition. Boston had seven first quarter turnovers that Washington cashed in for 10 points. Unlike early in the year where they trailed 40-25 and 28-19 after one quarter, the Wizards held a 31-24 advantage after twelve minutes of play.

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Washington Wizards Game 37 Recap: Wiz use strong fourth quarter to top Bucks in Beal’s return

BEAL RETURNS AFTER MISSING 16 GAMES, SCORES 11 POINTS

(Photo by: Sports Quotient)

(Photo by: Sports Quotient)

If you have figured out the Washington Wizards this season, then you might just deserve to win the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. Washington was in jeopardy of falling five games below .500 for the first time since Nov. 16, 2013 before rattling off back-to-back wins after knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks 106-101.

The latter was a dominant performance against the Chicago Bulls, the second best team in the conference, without Marcin Gortat (knee inflammation).

Bradley Beal played for the first time since Dec. 9 after dealing with another stress reaction in his right leg. The former Florida Gator came off the bench and entered for the first time at the 3:29 mark of the first quarter. Beal made a comment before the game that he might look to limit his minutes to 35 each game throughout his career. In his first eight minutes of action, Beal was a perfect 3 of 3 from the field for seven points as well as chipping in a couple rebounds and assists. For Washington as whole, defensive intensity led to efficient offense as they capitalized off of 27 Bucks turnovers with 36 points.

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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 31 Review: Strong fourth quarter allow Wiz to continue dominance of Magic

It is a new year for the Washington Wizards, who probably want to leave the heartbreak of 2015 in the past. Now they have to continue weathering the injury storm in order to stay in contention for the Eastern Conference playoffs. It is hard to believe Washington was able to pull off a .500 record (8-8) in December when they missed time from eight players of meaning. John Wall had a lot to do with that by being the first player since Chris Paul in April 2009 to average 22+ points, 11+ assists, 4+ rebounds, and 2+ steals per game during an entire month.

Wall recorded another double-double, 22 points and 12 assists, but got great support from Kris Humphries in the fourth quarter to down the Magic 103-91. Tonight marked the eleventh straight victory for the Wizards over the Magic as they continue to “own” Scott Skiles’ team.

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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 15 Recap: When things looked bad, John Wall comes through as Wiz down Cavs

WALL JOINS WESTBROOK, HARDEN AS ONLY PLAYER WITH 30 POINTS, 10 ASSISTS, AND 5 STEALS THIS SEASON

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

To say nerves were boiling over for the Washington Wizards is a bit of an understatement. Although we are not even a fifth of the way through the season, Washington is currently playing some of their worst basketball.  Already on a four-game losing streak, the Wizards had to travel to the defending Eastern Champions Cleveland Cavaliers for a bout with LeBron James. Behind John Wall‘s best scoring performance this season of 35 points, the Wizards broke their losing streak with a 97-85 victory over James and the Cavs.

If there was ever a time that Washington showed the effects of a shot in the arm, it was in the opening minutes from the Q. Fueled by two blocks and four steals courtesy of John Wall, the Wizards were off on a 10-0 run before the arena was even full. However James and the Cavs would not be shutout for long, as they came back with a 14-4 run of their own following a David Blatt timeout. A strong quarter of play from Marcin Gortat (10 points, 4 boards, and 4 blocks) allowed Washington to maintain a 27-24 lead 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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Washington Wizards: WAY too early predictions for 2015-16 Season

(Photo by: Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

(Photo by: Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

We are a day away from the return of the NBA where the Wizards will be in the Magic Kingdom to take on a young Orlando squad. Before we take a nose dive into the start of the season, lets look out somethings that we could expect when we reflect back after the season is over (hopefully in late June).

Based on the offensive performance we saw during the preseason when the Washington Wizards flashed their new look small ball lineup, I am feeling really confident about their potential a year before Kevin Durant potentially returns home to DC. The following are five way too early (and optimistic) predictions for the Wizards this season, barring any major injuries like John Wall having multiple non-displaced fractures in his wrist during the playoffs.

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Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Power Forward

The Wizards’ power forward position may be the most talked-about position on the team (and perhaps around the league) this offseason. It also may be the biggest mystery. The Wizards experienced success vs. the Raptors and the Hawks in the postseason by utilizing Paul Pierce, Drew Gooden, and Otto Porter as a “stretch 4” alongside Marcin Gortat, rather than putting Nene at the 4 for a more slow, powerful offense.

With the emergence of Porter during the playoffs, the emphasis Kris Humphries has made on shooting 3-pointers, and the acquisition of veteran Jared Dudley, Ernie Grunfeld and Randy Wittman are obviously going for a more modern, stretch 4 design. This Golden State Warriors-esque strategy showed so much success with players like Draymond Green, a guy who could body up in the paint and defend, but also step back and hit from 25 feet. [Read more…]

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