March 30, 2017

Washington Wizards Game 82 Recap: On eve of organization turnover, Wiz get to .500 in win over Hawks

The end of the regular season is finally here. The Washington Wizards came into their season finale against the Atlanta Hawks with nothing to play for besides pride and a .500 record to end the year. Randy Wittman, reported to be relieved of his duties soon, believes the team (of those that will be available) is ready to play. The reserves that did play certainly played hard and seemed to play with more energy and hustle than an Atlanta team that had something to play for. Ramon Sessions led the way with 22 points as Washington headed into the offseason on a slight positive note. The Wizards finished the season 41-41 after a 109-98 victory over the Hawks.

After a game of zero defense in Brooklyn, that trend looked to continue for Washington as they were able to score at will without getting stops on the other end. With the majority of Wizards starters sitting, all except Otto PorterNene took advantage of starting with eight first quarter points on four of five shooting. Tim Hardaway continued to be a thorn in Washington’s side by making his first three shots, all of which were from beyond the arc. At the end of the final first quarter of the season, things were tied at 33 as the Verizon Center faithful were deprived of one last Egg McMuffin.

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Washington Wizards Game 80 Recap: Without House of Guards, Wiz upset playoff bound Hornets

(Photo by: Jose Arqueta)

(Photo by: Jose Arqueta)

The Washington Wizards were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday when losing to the Detroit Pistons, but Randy Wittman wants to have “pride in playing” these last three games. For the third straight game, and probably rightfully so with nothing to play for, John Wall sat out with a sore right knee. Too add onto further injury, after one quarter of play that Washington would lose their other starting guard, but that did not stop the Wizards from playing hard. Behind an efficient performance from Marcin Gortat, 10 of 11 for for 21 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists, the Wizards dominated Charlotte on their way to a 113-98 victory.

You could argue that there was nothing to play for, but that did not stop the Polish Machine from opening the game 5 of 5 from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds in the quarter. When bench players starter to enter the lineup, Washington’s defense suffered allowing Charlotte to get better shooting looks. After Hornets’ Marvin Williams had to take a seat with two personal fouls early in the game, rookie Frank Kaminsky gave the road team a boost off the bench with seven first quarter points. Behind 16 points in the paint the home team clung to a 28-27 lead after one quarter.

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Washington Wizards Game 78 Recap: Without Wall, Wiz take care of business against the Nets

Fresh off of a five-game West coast road trip, the Washington Wizards returned home without the services of the All-Star point guard as John Wall sat with a sore right knee. Many fans thought Wall’s absence would be the ultimate, and fitting, dagger in the Wizards season but his teammates took care of business without him. Brooklyn was short staffed without Jarrett Jack, Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young and it showed. Once the home team cleaned up some turnovers, possibly a result of Wall not running the show, the Wizards had their way with the nets. Although playoff odds are slim, Washington took care of business with a 121-103 victory.

(Photo by: Getty Images)

(Photo by: Getty Images)

Washington seemed unphased by the loss of their leader to start the game as they opened things up with a quick 9-0 advantage with Bradley Beal and Otto Porter aggressively looking for their shot. By the midway point of the first quarter, Randy Wittman was forced to call timeout as the Nets went on an extended 17-8 run to tie things up. The home team would end the quarter on a 10-2 run as Ramon Sessions was looking to play himself into a nice contract with 7 points and five dimes in the first twelve minutes of play. DC got their free Egg McMuffin as the Wizards led 30-23 after one.

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Washington Wizards Game 66 Recap: Wiz end five-game skid and keep playoff hopes alive with beat down of Pistons

Coming off an extremely disappointing three-game West Coast trip, the Washington Wizards are on a five-game skid. On the other hand, the Detroit Pistons, 3.5 games ahead of Washington for the eighth and final playoffs spot, have won 7 of their last 10. If there was any chance of the Wizards making a late season surge, they would have to defend their home court against the Pistons.

Every time the Washington Wizards embarrass themselves and everyone is writing them off from playoff contention, they do something spectacular that makes you scratch your head. That is exactly what happened at Verizon Center tonight when the Wizards made fools of the Pistons. Washington led from start to finish with efficient and balanced offense. leading to a season-high in points, complemented by suffocating defense on their way to 124-81 beatdown of Detroit on national television. Almost as important as the win is the Wizards securing a tiebreak over the Pistons, essentially putting them one less game back of the playoffs.

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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 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 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 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: 2015 Summer League Statistics and Insight

The Wizards have played there three preliminary Summer League games and have been seeded #20 to start the tournament. They went on to beat the #13 seed Utah Jazz Wednesday but lost to the #4 seed New Orleans Pelicans Thursday. The Wizards will play the Hawks today at 10 PM EST as a part of the consolation bracket.

Below you can find the teams statistics broken down by players and sorted by total minutes played. The first table details the summer totals, while the subsequent table are per game averages. You can return to this post for updated stats throughout the Wizards Summer League games.

Keep in mind that Former Terp Dez Wells has not and likely will not play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Toure’ Murray has also been limited by injury and LaQuinton Ross has just recently rejoined the staff after being cut from the minicamp roster, yet brought back because of Wells’ injury.

With the absence of any major offensive threats, much in part because of the injuries to Wells and Murray, Kelly Oubre has been the team’s primary option to score. Scott Machado and Jarrid Famous have been pleasant surprises for the Wizards because of this passing and rebounding abilities, respectively. Unfortunately, there currently is no room on Washington’s roster for either to earn a roster spot without a trade or buyout of the likes of Martell Webster or DeJuan Blair.

After starting the first two games at shooting guard, similarly to Otto Porter last summer, Oubre started his third summer league performance at his true small forward position. For second round pick Aaron White, the third game was not a blessing as he was demoted to come off of the bench after starting the first two games.

Although the Wizards have lacked offensive flow during the half court set, including incredibly cold shooting (6 of 52) from beyond the three point line, the young core have done an excellent job of aggressively drawing contact in order to get to the free throw line. The Wizards have over 30 chances at the charity stripe per game and have scored nearly 30% (70 of 236) of their total points in such a manner.

UPDATED (on 7/16/15): The Wizards got off to a hot shooting start against the Jazz with an opening act of 33 points in the first quarter. However, the Wizards were just 21 of 58 (36.2 percent) from the field the last three quarters. Besides the likes of Oubre, Machado, and Famous who have been filling up the stats sheet, Damion James, Orlando Johnson, Shawn Jones, and Jamil Wilson are starting to have an impact as well.

UPDATED (on 7/17/15): Seth Curry was too much for the Wizards and showed that Oubre might not be quite so ready to be a shut down defender in the NBA, though the skill set is there. Jarrid Famous sat for most of the game, playing just 8 minutes, as the Wizards wanted to get a better look at Shawn Jones in a small ball lineup. Machado was impressive again as he put a heavier emphasis on the scoring aspect of his game shooting 7 of 14 from the field for a team high 17 points.

UPDATED (on 7/18/15): Kelly Oubre clearly saved his best Summer League performance for the end. The Kansas product finished with a game high 30 points on an efficient 9 of 14 shooting from the field including 5 of 7 from three point territory. Oubre would also sprinkle in 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block in his 33 minutes of work. On another note, Jarrid Famous did not see playing time after only getting 8 minutes of work the previous night because of a personal matter. Similarly, Scott Machado was only given three minutes of playing time while former Wisconsin Traevon Jackson was given the bulk of the point guard duties off the bench. It is likely that both Famous and Machado have already secured training camp invites from the Wizards and the coaching staff was looking to evaluate the other talent on the roster.

UPDATED (on 7/20/15): The Wizards breakout C Jarrid Famous has agreed to a partially guaranteed 1-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks who are still in search of a starting big man after losing out on the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes.

2015 Washington Wizards Summer League Stats (Totals)

Players G GS Min FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kelly Oubre Jr. 6 6 174 33-86 8-32 27-40 9 25 34 8 11 4 12 19 101
Damion James 6 5 138 20-54 0-2 10-17 6 18 24 5 4 5 6 13 50
Scott Machado 6 6 134 19-42 2-12 23-27 7 13 20 23 10 2 17 15 63
Orlando Johnson 6 4 127 18-39 3-14 10-15 0 18 18 12 6 0 8 13 49
Shawn Jones 6 1 117 23-42 0-0 12-15 19 28 47 4 2 6 7 17 58
Scott Suggs 6 1 106 16-43 2-12 6-6 2 5 7 9 3 0 6 12 40
Aaron White 6 2 105 8-26 0-9 2-2 9 13 22 3 3 1 11 6 18
Jarrid Famous 5 5 101 15-28 0-1 21-25 16 18 34 2 3 2 7 14 51
Traevon Jackson 6 0 96 9-26 3-4 5-6 0 12 12 13 1 1 13 14 26
Jamil Wilson 5 0 77 15-36 6-22 1-2 4 12 16 1 2 0 7 12 37
LaQuinton Ross 3 0 17 1-5 0-2 5-5 2 3 5 3 0 0 1 2 7
Jaleel Roberts 3 0 7 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 2 0
Toure Murry 1 0 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dez Wells 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 1201 177-430 24-110 122-160 76 168 244 83 45 21 96 139 500

 

2015 Washington Wizards Summer League Stats (Averages)

Players G GS Min FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kelly Oubre Jr. 6 6 29.0 0.384 0.250 0.675 1.5 4.2 5.7 1.3 1.8 0.7 2.0 3.2 16.8
Damion James 6 5 23.0 0.370 0.000 0.588 1.0 3.0 4.0 0.8 0.7 0.8 1.0 2.2 8.3
Scott Machado 6 6 22.3 0.452 0.167 0.852 1.2 2.2 3.3 3.8 1.7 0.3 2.8 2.5 10.5
Orlando Johnson 6 4 21.2 0.462 0.214 0.667 0.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 1.3 2.2 8.2
Jarrid Famous 5 5 20.2 0.536 0.000 0.840 3.2 3.6 6.8 0.4 0.6 0.4 1.4 2.8 10.2
Shawn Jones 6 1 19.5 0.548 0.000 0.800 3.2 4.7 7.8 0.7 0.3 1.0 1.2 2.8 9.7
Scott Suggs 6 1 17.7 0.372 0.167 1.000 0.3 0.8 1.2 1.5 0.5 0.0 1.0 2.0 6.7
Aaron White 6 2 17.5 0.308 0.000 1.000 1.5 2.2 3.7 0.5 0.5 0.2 1.8 1.0 3.0
Traevon Jackson 6 0 16.0 0.346 0.750 0.833 0.0 2.0 2.0 2.2 0.2 0.2 2.2 2.3 4.3
Jamil Wilson 5 0 15.4 0.417 0.273 0.500 0.8 2.4 3.2 0.2 0.4 0.0 1.4 2.4 7.4
LaQuinton Ross 3 0 5.7 0.200 0.000 1.000 0.7 1.0 1.7 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.7 2.3
Jaleel Roberts 3 0 2.3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.7 1.0 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.7 0.0
Toure Murry 1 0 2.0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Dez Wells 0 0 N/A
Team Averages 200 0.399 0.165 0.745 12.7 28.0 40.7 13.8 7.5 3.5 16.0 23.2 83.3

Washington Wizards Drop Summer League Opener to Suns without Wells

WELLS SITS OUT WITH SPRAINED THUMB AS OUBRE STRUGGLES OFFENSIVELY EARLY, BUT SHOWS DEFENSIVE STRIDES

The Washington Wizards do not have one on their summer league roster that is a great scorer that can take over the game after former Terp Dez Wells was ruled out before the game, and later for the rest of the tournament, because of a sprained right thumb he sustained on the last day of the Wizards minicamp. Additionally, the Wizards likely  do not have a player who will be getting significant playing time during the season, as Kelly Oubre will be brought along slowly behind Otto Porter and Alan Anderson. On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns summer are filled with NBA talent including Archie Goodwin, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, and Alex Len.

The Wizards had an extremely sloppy first quarter where they were outscored 20-9. Washington had nine turnovers in the quarter while just having one assist. Although the offense began to gain traction in the second quarter, but the Suns kept the Wizards from making a serious dent in the deficit. Washington was down 43-30 after the first twenty minutes.

The second half was better for the Wizards as they finally hit their first three pointer late in the third quarter after missing their first 13. Oubre started to become active on the offensive end with dunks and a 3 over Warren in the fourth. Washington was able to get to within three but at the end of the day, the poor shooting did not allow the Wizards to keep up with the talented Suns. The Wizards fell 87-73 in their Summer League opener.

Need To Know Facts:

  • Kelly Oubre finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds on a high volume of shots, 20. The dreadful 1 of 7 shooting from beyond the arc is likely an anomaly. Oubre was only credited with two steals and one block but his length was a definite factor in altering shots; his defense already looks to be pro-ready.
  • Aaron White showed flashes of NBA talent, although it is expected he will start his pro career overseas. White only finished with four points (both on putback dunks) but chipped in with four rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
  • Scott Machado, Jarrid Famous, and Scott Suggs each had 10 points for the Wizards. Famous was the Wizards only offense early, while Machado chipped in with a team high four assists. None are likely to make the Wizards team, but could be advertising themselves for a spot on another NBA team’s roster.
  • Suns Summer League Stars of Goodwin, Booker, Warren, and Len dominated with 71 points on 53 shots. Len could not be stopped in the paint while the others piled on from the free throw line.
  • Along with Wells, Wizards Toure’ Murray sat out of tonight’s game because of a right groin injury that he tweaked during a minicamp practice on Thursday according to the Post’s Jorge Castillo.
  • UPDATE: Wells will NOT be available for the Wizards for the entire summer league tournament because of his severely sprained right thumb. Big blow for the former Terps chances at making the Wizards or other NBA roster. Wells could look to go overseas or play in the D-League if he does not make a 15-man roster.

The Wizards will be back in action tomorrow at 4 PM EST against the D-League Select. With the loss of Wells, the Wizards will play the rest of the tournament with 12 players.

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