November 17, 2019

Washington Wizards: 2015 NBA Free Agency Tracker

NBA Free Agency is a mad house for all 30 teams and impossible to keep track of for the ordinary fans on their own. To get an idea of just how crazy the first day of NBA free agency was alone, teams agreed in principle to $1.4 billion in salaries.

With the Wizards losing out on the services of The Truth, it is possible that they will be a bit more active this year. However, the Wizards are still hoping for the services of home town product Kevin Durant nest summer so all their moves until then will have the #KD2DC movement taken into account.

Wizards have essentially no cap room but can use mid-level, bi-annual, and trade exceptions. UPDATE: Wizards have used their larger trade exception, bi-annual exception, and most of their mid-level exception on Jared Dudley, Gary Neal, and Alan Anderson, respectively.

The following list of individuals who the Wizards have been reportedly linked to (this list will be updated at all times).

  • Derrick Williams: Former King and second overall pick behind Kyrie Irving is an undersized power forward that was possibly asked to do too much. Williams has now agreed to a 2 year $10 million deal with the New York Knicks.
  • Wayne Ellington: Former Timberwolves first round pick, last year with the Lakers, the shooting guard has a stroke from beyond the arc. Ellington signed a two year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, who look to replace now Wizards Alan Anderson, worth $3.068 million.
  • Mike Dunleavy: The Bulls veteran three point threat who was a thorn in the Wizards side in the 2014 playoffs. The former Duke product would go on to resign with Chicago at 3 years for $15 million although he was rumored to have had other offers.
  • Rodney Stuckey: The longtime Piston combo-guard was an interest of the Wizards because of his consistent double digit points per game production. Stuckey resigned with the Pacers at 3 years for $21 million.
  • Alan Anderson: Former Net is an interest of the Wizards for wing depth and potentially as a replacement for Pierce. Anderson signed a 1 year/$4 million deal with the Wizards using up part of the team’s mid-level exception.
  • C.J. Watson: The well traveled point guard was in interest of the Wizards two years ago for his three point ability, something that both John Wall and Ramon Sessions lack. The former Pacer has again drawn the Wizards interest. Watson would go on to sign a 3 year $15 million deal with the Orlando Magic.
  • Chris Copeland: The former Knick and Pacer could be a candidate for the Wizards at stretch 4, which is widely believed to be Washington new #1 priority. After shooting the ball with great accuracy from beyond the arc in his first two seasons in the league, 42 percent (92 of 219), the Virginia native shot a woeful 31 percent (52/167) from deep last year. Copeland signed a one year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks in the amount of $1.15 million.
  • David West: The longtime Hornet (New Orleans) and Pacer is a better version of Nene as he is a more consistent pick-and-pop shooter and more efficient from the free throw line. West might not take the mid-level exception ($5.5 million) after opting out of his $12.6 million option, so unless the Wizards are able to make cap room by trading away Nene, they might lose out to San Antonio or Cleveland. The veteran PF signed with the Spurs for the veterans minimum. Although West thinks that he will have a better chance of winning a title with the likes of Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge, the fact that the Wizards are vying the interest of quality free agents is promising with next summer approaching.
  • Gary Neal: The former Towson Tiger is returning to the DMV area on a 1 year deal for $2.1 million that will use the Wizards bi-annual exception. Neal fills the three point shooting hole for the Wizards, as behind Bradley Beal (after the departure of Pierce), John Wall made the second most three pointers (20) for the team after the all-star break.
  • Kevin Seraphin: The backup center for the Wizards last year is looking for an opportunity to start, but that does not mean the Wizards are still not interested in returning the services of the French native. The Lakers (although they have acquired Roy Hibbert), Suns, and Spurs (if they miss out on David West) are also reported to be interested in Seraphin. Another option for the Wizards is the signing of Seraphin with the mid-level exception and then trading him to a team like the Clippers who have a void after not resigning DeAndre Jordan. Seraphin signed with the New York Knicks on a 1 year deal worth $2.8 million, sacrificing the money now in hopes of cashing in next summer.
  • Drew Gooden: The veteran stretch four signed another one year deal with the Wizards, this time for more than the minimum because of his higher value during the last two playoff runs.

The Wizards acquired Jared Dudley from the Bucks, which may take the Wizards out of the running for names like Williams and Copeland. They could instead decide to heavily purse a wing player with their mid-level exception worth $5.5 million, but the pickings are becoming mighty slim.

With little cap space and no desire to take away any money from a run at Kevin Durant next summer, the Wizards will likely be done with major transactions especially as their roster is now full with guaranteed contracts.

For the latest on everything Wizards leading up to the 2015-16 season, return to District Sports Page frequently.

Washington Wizards 2015 NBA Draft Preview with Predictions

The Washington Wizards hold the 19th and 49th overall pick in next Thursday’s NBA draft, positions determined by their 46-36 regular season record. The Wizards have had some success in drafting recently with selections of John Wall, Bradley Beal, and most recently Otto Porter, but are also known for missing out on the NBA Champion Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. After trading away last year’s first round draft pick to Phoenix for Marcin Gortat, the Wizards will once again have a first round selection in a fairly talented class.

Although there is nothing that the Wizards desperately need, there is no position where they should feel overly confident in either, whether it is in a starting or backup role. Earlier I discussed some of the potential Wizards that may be leaving the club, which could influence how the team will stand going into next year. It is likely that Kevin Seraphin is gone this summer, but that could be the extent of departures as the Wizards would probably not have to spend too much to retain some of the other role players. Assuming current free agents (italicized) and those with player options (underlined) return, a potential depth chart without free agents or draft picks could look like:

PG: John Wall, Ramon Sessions, Will Bynum
SG: Bradley Beal, Rasual Butler, Garrett Temple*
SF: Otto Porter, Paul Pierce, Martell Webster
PF: Drew Gooden, Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair
C: Marcin Gortat, Nene

*As reported by CSN Washington’s J. Michael, Garrett Temple has opted into his player option, deciding against free agency, for the 2015-2016 season with the Wizards, as expected.

If the Wizards draft any guard that they think deserves a shot on the team, Bynum is likely to lose his roster spot. However, if Paul Pierce does end up retiring or going to the Clippers — less likely with Los Angeles’s recent  acquisition of Lance Stephenson — Bynum’s spot may be secure unless an undrafted free agent is brought in. Gooden’s spot is likely secure because of the need for an immediate known as a stretch-4. Temple will likely return due to mutual desire from both his side and Wizards management. Butler could be let go if room was necessary after having a dismal second half of the season.

Potential First Round Targets (UPDATED):

  • G Jerian Grant (6-5/202): As a local product from DeMatha High School, Grant would be the ideal fit for the Wizards as a combo guard. Grant has the scoring capabilities, 16.5 points a game, to play alongside John Wall or Ramon Sessions as well as the passing skills, 6.7 assists a game, to run with Bradley Beal. It might be a question of if the Notre Dame product is still available when the Wizards are on the clock.
  • G Tyus Jones (6-1/190): At times overshadowed at Duke by likely lottery picks Jahlil Okafor and Justice Winslow, Jones has the potential to be a great backup point guard. With great vision allowing him over five assists a game; however, it is unlikely Jones would be able to play with Wall at the same time because of his size.
  • G Rashad Vaughn (6-6/210): As a freshman, Vaughn took the Mountain West Conference by storm by averaging close to 18 points and 5 rebounds. His volume shooting in a non-major conference could be a scare and possible reach for the Wizards.
  • G Justin Anderson (6-6/231): The former Montrose Christian star suffered an injury towards the end of last season, which turned out to be the end of his college career as he will forego his senior year at Virginia, but he showed some NBA potential early on. One of the best shooters in the draft class, Anderson shots 45.2 percent (47/104) and also has the capability to be a strong defender.
  • F Bobby Portis (6-11/242): It comes as a shock to many that the SEC Player of the Year did not hail from Kentucky, to Portis it is nothing. The Arkansas product averaged solid numbers with 17.5 points and 9 rebounds a game. With the possibility of developing into a stretch-4 and having unseen post moves because he was doubled throughout college, he could be a nice fit for the Wizards.
  • F Kevon Looney (6-9/220): The freshman will be a first round target for his potential over his production at UCLA. The 11.6 points per game on 47 percent shooting from the field and 63 percent shooting from the charity stripe will not blow anyone away; however, it is his physical attributes, including a 7-4 wingspan, which attracts many franchises.
  • F Montrezl Harrell (6-8/240): When he is determined, the polarizing Louisville product can man handle anybody he wants to on the court. Harrell is long and is a defensive enforcer and is known to be a diligent worker. The lack of size means it would be difficult to play at center, but without a consistent jump shot it could be a reach for the Wizards system.
  • F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (6-7/210): Not know for his offensive ability (11.2 PPG), the former Arizona Wildcat’s immediate impact will come on the defensive end and possibly as a wing player on fast break as he is known for his athleticism. Hollis-Jefferson was voted first team All-Pac 12 and to the league’s all-defensive team.

In the second round there are a lot more options. The hope is that the Wizards management will simply draft the best talent available and hope to score a diamond in the rough in the same way that Marc Gasol (48th) and Marcin Gortat (57th) were selected.

Most recently, the Wizards traded away the rights to their second round pick, Jordan Clarkson, to the Lakers for cash considerations. In the past seven years, only Shelvin Mack has played a game for the Wizards as a second round pick. This can be blamed on poor logic from the Wizards thinking they could stash foreign players overseas as well as failing to attempt the development of young players. Although this is a possibility to happen again, 26 of the 30 players that the Wizards invited to pre-draft workouts are non-first round picks meaning the coaching staff might be committed to bringing in young talent to develop into a contributor.

Potential Second Round/Undrafted Targets:

  • G Tyler Harvey (6-4/185): Out of Eastern Washington, Harvey was an elite pure scorer at the college level averaging 23.1 points a game and shooting 43.1 percent (128 of 297) from three. His young age of 21 is an advantage as the Wizards would be able to mold him into their scheme.
  • G Corey Hawkins (6-3/195): Like Harvey, Hawkins is a pure sharpshooter out of UC Davis. After improving his percentage from beyond the arc drastically, Davis shot a whopping 48.8 percent (81 of 166) but his height will be a concern at the next level.
  • G Dez Wells (6-6/215): Besides being the long time childhood friend of John Wall, Wells fits the style of what the Wizards like in their guards; a slasher who gets to the rim. Although he might not be known for a great shooting career at Maryland, the strong and athletic Terp has worked on his mechanics which he put on display at his pre-draft workout.
  • F Brandon Ashley (6-9/230): On a loaded Arizona roster, Ashley carved out a solid 12 points and 5 rebound average while shooting at over a 50% clip from the field. The lengthy Wildcat is a career 38.2 percent (26 of 68) three point shooter and has a chance of being developed into a stretch-4.
  • F David Laury (6-9/245): Laury performed at a lesser stage at Iona but put up solid numbers with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and steal a game. Like Ashley, Laury is a potential stretch-4 candidate after shooting 38 percent (27 of 71) from beyond the college arc.
  • F Maurice Walker (6-10/250): With the potential of Nene being on the trading block next season and the likely loss of Kevin Seraphin, the Wizards could use a skilled offensive big man. Walker is big enough to play the center position, while still mobile enough to defend the three.

There is talent to be drafted next Thursday and if the Wizards want to be able to compete with the Cleveland’s and Chicago’s of the East, they will have to take advantage of it. Washington is a club with possibly too many old faces as Wall, Porter, and Beal are the only players under the age of 25. Whether the Wizards draft guards or big men, they can improve their team in whichever way they go. My prediction is Bobby Portis, IF Jerian Grant is not available, in the first round and Dez Wells in the second.

Washington Wizards Roster Situation Heading into 2015 Offseason and NBA Draft

After getting bounced out of the NBA Playoffs in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals for the second year in a row, the Washington Wizards have to start looking towards next year. The first step in that process is evaluating the roster with a keen eye on those who are not guaranteed to be on the roster next season. The Wizards have four unrestricted free agents this summer: Rasual Butler, Will Bynum, Drew Gooden, and Kevin Seraphin. Additionally, Garrett Temple and — more importantly, Paul Pierce — have player options for next season.

Butler will likely be satisfied with a veteran’s minimum contract and he single-handedly won early regular season games as a result of his hot shooting. The 36-year-old vet lacked playing time late in the season which correlated to his mediocre 3-point shooting, possibly an effect of tired legs. However, if the Wizards would rather have an older somewhat proven shooter, though far past his peak, rather than trying to develop undrafted free agents, Butler will have a job in DC.

Will Bynum secured the 15th man on the roster late last season after the Wizards played around with multiple free agents after waiving Summer League MVP Glen Rice Jr. Bynum has enough experience to find work elsewhere in the NBA, if the Wizards decide to pass on the undersized guard. Similarly to Butler, if the Wizards do not draft at their positions and have open roster spots, they might lean towards bringing back the veteran instead of taking a chance on an undrafted free agent.

Out of all the unrestricted free agents, Drew Gooden played the most minutes late in the regular season and post-season, not including Pierce who has a player option. Gooden is a 13-year veteran but is a true stretch four, unlike Nene and Kris Humphries, who is reported to be developing a 3-point stroke. Gooden shot 39 percent from beyond the arc this past season including an effective 46.2 percent (12 of 26) during the post-season. Moreover, the former fourth overall pick was the most effective PF for the Wizards in guarding other big men with jump shot threats. Gooden will likely demand more than just the veteran’s minimum and as a result could ask for a two year deal that could include a player option to allow for flexibility for an aging player.

Kevin Seraphin certainly improved from a disappointing 2013-2014 season as he doubled his points, rebounding, and minutes played production. Moreover, there are few big men with his set of skills, low post moves, jump hooks, and elbow jumpers, in such a powerful body. As a result, the 25-year-old center will demand more than the nearly $4 million he made this year because he is about to enter his prime. The France native wants a chance to compete for the starting job, which will not be in DC after Gortat finished the first year of his five-year max deal. Washington has likely seen the last of Seraphin, but it should not be too much of a hit next year with the league transitioning to a small ball approach.

Garrett Temple is a well-traveled veteran as the Wizards are his sixth NBA team and has also played a year in Italy’s pro league; however, the LSU product has always been known for his effective defense. After missing more than the final month of the regular season with a hamstring tear, Temple looked rusty and ineffective in the playoffs when being forced into action with John Wall’s wrist injury. Temple was 1 of 6 from the field, 5 of 8 from the free throw line, and had one assist to this three turnovers in 26 minutes of work during the Hawks series. That being said, Temple is a solid role player that is in the good graces of the Wizards brace and has told CSN Washington that he is likely to exercise his player option. Temple’s contribution to the organization comes less during the game and more from his ability to push John Wall and Bradley Beal on the practice court at just over $1 million.

It is safe to say the Wizards would desperately love to have Paul Pierce back because of his ability to take clutch shots in big situations as he demonstrated in Game 3 against the Hawks. There are a lot of different options for Pierce to say the least. Immediately after having his potential game tying shot waived off during Game 6 in the same series versus the Hawks, Pierce hinted at the possibility of retirement as he stated he had to “see how my body feels, how it responds. It’s tough when you get older going through these 82 [game] grinds”. After deciding not to take part in exit interviews, rumors surfaced that Pierce might opt out of his contract with the Wizards to return home to California and reunite with his former-Celtics coach Doc Rivers as a Los Angeles Clipper.

Soon thereafter, however, when Pierce went on Mad Dog Sports Radio’s “The Players Tribune” show he gave the DC faithful something to feel happy about. When discussing the Hawks series, he included himself as part of the Wizards using pronouns like “we” and “us”. For instance, The Truth detailed “we really have a really good young team, and a couple budding superstars” and “we felt like we were the better team if we had stayed healthy”. With Pierce having until the end of the month to opt into a $5.5 million contract, it might not be until after the draft that the Wizards know whether they have their future Hall of Famer back. That being said, Pierce did say that he will be making his decision in the next couple of weeks on June 4. Most recently, the Clippers were rumored to acquire Lance Stephenson in a trade according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Such a move could indicate that The Truth turned Doc Rivers down and will either look to retire or return to DC.

Even though the Wizards have nine guaranteed players back for the 2015-2016 season, the Wizards will have to make moves now that take into account them moving forward during the next offseason. Next year the Wizards will have to worry about the expiring contracts of Bradley Beal, Nene, and Ramon Sessions.

Current players aside, if the Wizards truly want to make a run at arguably the second best player in the game and DC native Kevin Durant, they will have to be looking at a max contract that has an annual salary north of $20 million a year.

Bradley Beal is clearly a franchise player for the Wizards and will likely get a max deal next summer even though he will be a restricted free agent. Beal might not draw the same average $17 million as John Wall did when he signed his extension last year, but it should be north of Marcin Gortat’s $12 million a year. Much of the final number will be determined by Beal’s ability or inability to stay healthy which will in turn correlate to his production, which we could see to be in the ball park of 20 points a game if he plays to his potential.

Nene might be the most intriguing player on the Wizards roster as a whole. At times the big Brazilian is unstoppable in the paint both as a scorer and a rebounder and we have seen spurts of that throughout the season, but never consistently. Then in the playoffs he saw limited playing time behind Drew Gooden because of Randy Wittman’s smaller lineups to combat the stretch four options of both the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks. When Nene was acquired for JaVale McGee four years ago, it seemed like a great move but now with the talk of the Wizards starting to play small ball, it is possible that Nene could be moved to the backup center position. If that were to happen, Nene has always expressed his displeasure in having to play the 5 spot on the floor, which could result in him being on the trading block come February 2016 if not sooner.

Ramon Sessions was a trade target for the Wizards during the buildup of the 2014 playoff run, but Ernie Grunfeld finally struck a deal to acquire the veteran in exchange for the ultimate veteran point guard Andre Miller. Sessions’s skill set to play both guard positions as well as the ability to add more tempo to the second unit drew Washington to his liking after he saw limited playing time with the Sacramento Kings. With still another year on his contract, Ramon Sessions told me he likes the fit and is excited to get a better grasp of the system heading into next year. The one knock on the eight-year veteran is his lack of a three point shot as he is a career 31.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

With potentially nine free agents over the next two years there could be a lot of new faces on the Wizards; however, I would say only Kevin Seraphin and Nene are locks to leave. If the Wizards change their track record and decide to start developing younger talent, Rasual Butler, Will Bynum, and Ramon Sessions might not re-sign with the club. Going into next week’s draft, the Wizards should look to draft the best player available to surround the core players of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, and the playoff version of Otto Porter.

Washington Wizards Second Round Game 6 Review: Pierce’s shot late, Wizards eliminated

PAUL PIERCE’S 3 AT THE BUZZER WAIVED OFF, WIZARDS KNOCKED OUT IN SECOND ROUND AGAIN

The Washington Wizards reverted back to their gloomy regular season days when they blew a double-digit lead in Game 5 in the fourth quarter. Instead of being one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals, the Wizards were one loss away from the offseason. John Wall returned during Game 5 and after taking multiple slaps to his injured wrist during the game, he promised to try to improve his game by knocking off rust in Game 6.

Wall looked fine, and the Wizards were poised to go to overtime when Paul Pierce’s last-second 3-pointer from the corner swished through to tie the game. But upon review, the ball did not get out of Pierce’s hand until after the clock showed 0:00, and the Wizards fell to the Atlanta Hawks 94-91, eliminated them from the playoffs in the second round for the second year in a row. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 4 Review: Wizards complete sweep of Raptors with win at home

FIRST SEVEN-GAME SERIES SWEEP IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

The Washington Wizards lost all three regular season meetings against the Toronto Raptors, but as Paul Pierce has said “it’s a new season” when the Wizards found themselves going into Game 4 at home already up 3-0. Entering play, the Wizards had played 36 playoff series with zero best-of-five or best-of-seven sweeps. Leading the game from start to finish with a balance scoring attack, the Wizards ended that streak, completing a sweep behind a sellout crowd with a 125-94 win over Toronto.

DC is certainly rising.

Two minutes in and the energy and pace of the game was in the Wizards favor, up 4-2 as John  Wall was serenaded with MVP chants. Washington was methodical in their offensive approach as they got to the line for nine free throw attempts within the first six minutes while shooting 3 of 5 from the field. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 76 Review: Wizards continue to take care of business against weak teams by beating Knicks

Two days removed from a thumping on the Philadelphia 76ers, the Wizards welcomed in an even worse team by record in the New York Knicks in their penultimate home regular season game. The Wizards took care of business trying to build momentum before going into the playoffs with a 101-87 win.

After taking 3 minutes to get their first bucket on 0-5 shooting, the Wizards started to exert their dominance over the weaker Knicks. Otto Porter and Drew Gooden both usually coming off the bench got the start tonight as Randy Whitman gave Paul Pierce and Nene the night off. Whether it was a coach’s intuition or just a coincidence, they were a big lift to the Wizards as they combined for 16 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and four three pointers in the first quarter. Such execution led to a 19-0 run for the Wizards that gave them a 30-10 lead after the first quarter.

Although Quincy Acy began to make some shots for the Knicks, Ramon Sessions protected the big lead. Sessions opened the quarter with a steal and bucket, old fashioned three point play after a strong drive, and a pretty assist to Kevin Seraphin for an open hook shot. The Knicks were able to get within 11 as they were given many opportunities to get to the free throw line. After the Wizards starters pushed the lead back to 16 the Knicks were able to close the gap to 54-46 at halftime.

Bradley Beal started the half on a 5-0 run to stretch the Wizards lead back to double digits. Although the Knicks started to hit some shots from beyond the arc, the Wizards had consistent offense facilitated from the floor general John Wall. Marcin Gortat continued to have a strong game against the smaller Knicks lineup. Kris Humphries started to get involved in the offense after in his second game back from a prolonged injury. Going into the fourth quarter the Wizards held an 83-67 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Whitman decided to leave Bradley Beal in the game with the bench players to redevelop his shooting stroke after starting the game slow. Beal finished the half 6/10 from the field before earning a spot on the bench with the game in hand. In the end Whitman trusted his bench to hold on to the double digit lead and the Wizards finished their home stand with a 101-87 victory.

Why the Wizards Won:

  • John Wall had a career high 18 assists in a mere three quarters of play. Such a facilitating role got his teammates involved and allowed them to convert opportunities against a lesser defensive presence.
  • The Wizards won the battle in the paint in a dominant fashion. They outscored the Knicks 60-32 in the paint led by 9-13 shooting from Gortat.
  • The Wizards got out to an early 30-8 lead that diminished all hope that the Knicks young players thought they might have on the road.

The Wizards will be glad that they got to rest many of their players tonight as they have a quick 24 hour turnaround before traveling to Memphis to play a talented Grizzlies squad. In the last meeting between the two, the Grizzlies “disrespectfully”, according to John Wall, sat four of their five starters. The Wizards are unlikely to have such a luxury this time around as they will have to play a smart basketball to have any kind of a chance on the back end of a back to back game stretch in a hostile environment.

Washington Wizards Game 56 Review: Wizards suffer another bad loss, fall to Pistons

The Washington Wizards came out of the All-Star break and stunk up the Verizon Center in their first game back by getting destroyed by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wizards weren’t able to show much better on the road against the Detroit Pistons in a Sunday matinee, losing 106-89.

In the first quarter, things were slow and steady for both teams with mediocre shooting. The majority of offensive production for both teams came from the paint where the Wizards had 10 of their first 12 points. Even though Nene was sidelined early with two fouls in the first five minutes of action, Kevin Seraphin, not Kris Humphries, stepped in to have a bucket and two assists early. This allowed the Wizards to have an early 12-11 lead midway through. The Pistons began to find their stroke from deep as they hit four straight 3-pointers late in the quarter giving them a 27-22 lead. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 52 Review: Wizards get badly needed win by beating Nets to end 5 game skid

The Washington Wizards entered play Saturday riding a five-game losing streak, their worst such stretch since the end of the 2012-2013 season. The Wizards looked to end the skid and regain some ground in the playoff race in the final three games before the All-Star break. They did what they had to in emphatic style, as seven scored in double-figures and all 13 who played scored in the 114-77 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center.

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Washington Wizards Game 49 Review: Wizards fail to complete the comeback again, this time to the Hornets

After failing to complete the comeback against the Toronto Raptors at home on Saturday, the Wizards failed to bounce back against a struggling and injured Charlotte Hornets team. The Wizards were again down by double digits and came back to tie  but were unable to take the lead late as they fell 92-88.

The first quarter started with hot shooting by the Hornets and poor defense from the Wizards, déjà vu from the last game. As a result, Randy Wittman was forced to take a timeout a bit over four minutes into the game as the Wizards already faced an early 15-7 deficit. All of that was the result of three Wizards turnovers and the Hornets getting open looks after good ball movement to start the game 7 of 10 from the field. Wittman smartly made adjustments by helping Marcin Gortat against Al Jefferson down low with the show of a double team. For the third straight game, Garrett Temple got extended minutes off the bench and seemed to give the team a much needed boost. At the end of the first quarter, the Wizards methodically cut the earlier deficit of eight in half to 28-24. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 42 Review: Wizards dominant, rout 76ers at home

Physical play and one of the widest talent gaps in the NBA was too much for Philadelphia to overcome, and the Wizards outscored the 76ers by at least four in every quarter en route to a 111-76 win over the 76ers in front of a lively Martin Luther King, Jr. Day crowd at Verizon Center on Monday afternoon.

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