February 12, 2016

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 36 Review: Depleted Wizards Give Complete Effort against Bulls

The Washington Wizards headed into a road matchup with the Chicago Bulls excited for the return of Nene for some much-added depth. However, Marcin Gortat was a late scratch because of a nagging knee injury, and the Wizards were left short handed once again. As depleted as they were, the team displayed a complete offensive effort against a stellar Bulls team, winning 114-100.

This effort was not about just one player for Washington, with 7 Wizards scoring in double figures, including Ramon Sessions (16), Gary Neal (11), and Drew Gooden (10). The road team was able to distribute the ball and get the looks that they needed inside even without Gortat on the pick and roll. [Read more…]

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 33 Review: James, Irving handle Wizards in shootout

On Tuesday, the Washington Wizards hoped to repeat the success they had a month and a half ago against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Ohio. Their offense was up to the challenge, but LeBron James and company proved too much for the Washington defense this time around, and the home team fell, 121-115.

The game was a shootout and a fantastic display of shooting prowess, with both teams shooting well over 50 percent from the field. However, Cleveland’s superior talent eclipsed Washington’s balanced scoring, and All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both finished with over 30 points. Garrett Temple led the Wiz with 21 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and John Wall finished with 20 points and 12 assists in a matchup of two top-flight point guards. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards: John Wall named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December

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(Photo by: @Wizards)

When Abe Pollin, former Washington Wizards owner, past away on November 24th, 2009, the franchise wanted his wife to represent the team at the lottery selections to determine the 2010 draft order. The Washington Wizards finished with only the fifth worst record during the 2009-10 season but capitalized on their 10.3 percent chance of receiving the first overall pick in the draft. Now in his sixth season in the NBA Kentucky product John Wall is proving the worth of his selection. Starting 2016 involved a recognition of Wall’s video game type performance during December 2015.

One might argue that Paul George or even DeMarcus Cousins have become more dominant players than Wall, but the Raleigh, North Carolina native has turned into the super hero that the DMV deserves. In 16 games Wall single handedly willed the Washington Wizards to an 8-8 record. The .500 mark may not seem anywhere close to impressive but when you take into account that Wall and head coach Randy Wittman have been without half of their roster for multiple games at a time. The injuries and personal reasons piled up to the team suffering 73 games lost.

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Washington Wizards Game 32 Review: Cold second quarter dooms Wiz against the Miami Heat

The Washington Wizards started off the new year with an easy victory over the Orlando Magic, who they have dominated lately. The same can be said for the Miami Heat, who the Wizards were looking to beat for the franchise record fifth straight time. Randy Wittman was again be extremely limited in his options off the bench thanks to injury. Awful offensive sets in the second quarter, coupled with shots simply not falling, put Washington in too big of a deficit to come back. The Wizards winning streak against the Miami Heat did not hit a record setting five games as Washington fell 97-75.

Chris Bosh got the Miami Heat off to a fast start with 10 first quarter points. An early 8-0 run put the Wizards in a 10-3 hole before John Wall responded with five straight points. Kelly Oubre Jr. provided good energy off the bench through his defense that helped Washington take a brief lead. Miami held the slight 25-24 advantage at the end of the first 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 30 Review: North of the border not as kind as Wiz fall to Raptors

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(Photo by: Getty Images)

The Washington Wizards four-game winning streak was snapped last Monday by the Los Angeles Clippers, so they were looking for a return to form by visiting the Toronto Raptors up north. Without Bradley Beal to play primary defense, DeMar DeRozan was able to carve up the Wizards to a tune of 34 points. Washington did not complete a comeback and ended 2015 with a 94-91 loss to the Raptors.

After the Raptors came out on a 10-4 run with hot shooting, 4 of 5 from the field, the Wizards responded with a 9-0 run of their own thanks to repeated penetration from John Wall. The sides traded 8-0 runs before the quarter came to an end, where Toronto held a 28-27 advantage.

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Washington Wizards Game 29 Review: Clippers Dominate Wizards in Pierce’s Return

The Washington Wizards were riding a pretty impressive four-game winning streak headed into their home matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. However, any momentum they had built up over that win streak was quickly stopped by the team of old friend Paul Pierce. The Clippers dominated from beginning to end, winning 108-91.

The Clippers outclassed the Wizards from the opening tip, mostly with the stellar play of L.A.’s 2-guards, Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford. Paul finished with 23 points and seven assists, while Crawford finished with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. John Wall seemed to be the only one on the court that was on his game, matching Paul’s 23 points and adding 11 assists. Otto Porter added a good shooting night, hitting 8 of 12 shots on the way to 21 points.

Marcin Gortat scored 12 points with 16 rebounds. Gortat was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, leading the Wizards to a perfect 3-0 last week for his first-ever Player of the Week honor. The Polish Hammer put up 21.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting a blistering 59.6 percent from the field.

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

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(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…]

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