August 23, 2017

Washington Wizards Game 71 Recap: Wiz embarrassed by Hawks, fail to get above .500 for first time in four months

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(Photo by: @BulletsForever)

Head coach Randy Wittman attributed the recent five-game winning streak and better offense to “making the simple plays” and not turning the ball over too much. Two days removed from cruising by the Hawks in Atlanta, the Washington Wizards were looking to continue the momentum on their home court. After a pleasant start the game, Washington’s lack of perimeter defense caught up with the home team in the fourth quarter as the Hawks had a season-high 17 3-pointers. As a result the Wizards got blown out 122-101 and have still failed to get above .500 since November 24.

It was again the road team that got off to the fast start, but Washington quickly nipped that in the backside with a 12-0 run of their own. After taking just two shots two night ago, Kyle Korver made an immediate impact for Atlanta tonight by draining his first two 3-point attempts. Washington got a 25-15 lead midway through the first behind John Wall’s five assists in the game’s first six minutes. The Hawks made their run while Washington went scoreless over the final four minutes, but after one period the Wizards led 25-22.

Extending back into the first quarter, Atlanta was on a 16-3 run that gave them a three point advantage early in the second quarter. With five ties and six lead changes in the quarter alone, a back and forth pace ensued. The Hawks attempted a whopping 22 3-pointers in the half, many of which were open, but luckily only eight went through otherwise Washington would have been in big trouble. With Garrett Temple on the bench with two fouls and Alan Anderson continuing to deal with an ankle injury, the home squad got an unexpected lift from mid-season pick up Marcus Thornton who had six points in the quarter. Finishing the quarter on a 7-0 run, Washington had a 56-52 lead at intermission.

Markieff Morris hit a couple of jump shots to pace the Wizards early, but the home team could not increase their lead to more than four points. Towards the end of the quarter, the Hawks rattled off a 12-0 run while Bradley Beal was on the bench. Thornton hit a much needed 3-pointer to stop the bleeding monetarily but the Wizards went into the final quarter down 81-75.

The torture continued in the fourth quarter as sloppy offense and turnovers saw the deficit ballooned to 17 with Atlanta going on an 11-0 run. Every time the Wizards seemed to have an answer, whether it be a Thornton or Morris 3-pointer, the Hawks came back and hit one of their own. The road team shot seven of twelve from beyond the arc in the final quarter and things were ugly for a team that is supposedly fighting for their playoff lives. The last two minutes of play highlighted garbage time play from Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Wizards fell 122-101.

Before heading out on a five-game West Coast road trip, the Wizards will welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves for a Friday night showdown.

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

MORRIS MAKES WIZ DEBUT WITH SIX POINTS IN 22 MINUTES

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

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(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 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…]

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 16 Recap: In Kobe’s last game in DC, Wiz cannot spoil the retirement tour

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(Photo by: @NBA)

VERIZON CENTER GIVES NBA LEGEND A FOND FAREWELL IN FINAL GAME IN DC

In what will be Kobe Bryant’s final game played in Washington D.C., barring a “Brett Favre moment,” the Washington Wizards were extremely grateful for everything he did for the sport in this generation. That being said, Bradley Beal was very clear that the Wizards would go to work on the third-leading scorer in league history as it was still an important game for the Wizards.

With a large contingent of Lakers and/or Kobe fans in the building, there were cheers in Verizon Center anytime he touched the ball. In another volume shooting night where Bryant was also an efficient scorer, he scored 31 points on 24 shots and  Washington could not hit big shots late, falling 108-104. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards: Thunder out match Wiz in all phases as Kevin Durant’s homecoming is cut short

(Photo by: Grantland)

(Photo by: Grantland)

In one of the most anticipated regular season games of the year, the Washington Wizards welcomed Kevin Durant back home to the DMV area. Early on the Verizon Center faithful tried to boo every time Durant touched the ball after the Montrose Christian star called fans disrespectful for rooting for him over their team. In the end Kevin Durant’s Thunder, playing without him in the second half, with were too much for the Wizards because of efficient shooting from beyond the arc. Washington fell 125-101 and to below .500 for the first time since dropping the season opener last year in South Beach.

With Bradley Beal missing the game due to a shoulder injury sustained against the Hawks last Saturday, Towson alum Gary Neal got the start and helped weather the storm early with eight points in the first quarter. It was little help to the Wizards that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook came out hungry. The duo combined for 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists in just over 10 minutes of play. Otto Porter was continuing his efficient play with nine point on just four field goal attempts. Wizards began to lose control of things during bench play of both sides and found themselves trailing by a whopping 14 point margin after one quarter of play.

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Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Small Forward

With the loss of “The Truth” Paul Pierce, many people think the Washington Wizards are going to take a step back this season, but anyone who carefully watched how Otto Porter performed in the playoffs knows the team will be just fine. Along with Porter, the Wizards smartly moved up in the draft to select Kelly Oubre Jr., used their mid-level exception to sign Alan Anderson, and still have a now healthy Martell Webster on the roster. For the discussion in this article, we will not consider Gary Neal or Jared Dudley as small forwards although they probably will find themselves playing the wing position during the season.

In the playoffs, Otto Porter, the former 3rd overall pick out of hometown Georgetown, turned into the player Washington expected out of him two years ago. His development was hindered for much of his rookie season because of an early hip injury; however under the mentorship of future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, Porter grew up quickly.

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