May 23, 2015

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


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 70 Review: Wizards fail to get back on track against Kings

The Washington Wizards had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Los Angeles Clippers in a game earlier in the week that got away early in the first quarter. On Sunday afternoon, the Wizards failed to take care of business against a team they had beat during their last streak, this time across the country. Washington struggled throughout the game and lost to the Sacramento Kings, 109-86. [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 37 Recap: Wizards shut down Heat in unlikely 114-97 win at home

A day after the Miami Heat paid a visit to the White House, the Washington Wizards handed LeBron James and company an unexpected reminder of who calls the District home.

The Wizards snapped Miami’s 22-game winning streak against Southeast Division opponents Wednesday evening with a 114-97 win at the Verizon Center.

Nevertheless, Washington stunned the Heat at the start by enjoying a 20-0 run in the first quarter and leading by as many as 34 points over a team that, with the loss, remains 16 games above .500.

Seven Wizards posted double-digit figures for the second time this season as Washington shot a season-high .547 from the field. Guard John Wall led the effort for Washington with 25 points, marking his 20th game of the season with 20 points or more.

“We knew [the Heat] were going to come in with a chip on their shoulder after losing two in a row,” Wall said after the game. “This is a game they probably thought they could get back on track, and we just wanted to come out here and compete. Against those teams, you just got to find a way to make shots. Tonight we made shots that we’ve been making on the road that we haven’t been making at home…just moving the ball and trusting each other as a group while we are out there as a team.”

Despite scoring a season-high 43 points in the first quarter, the Wizards began to lose control of the game in the second half. Shane Battier and Norris Cole helped kick off a 16-2 run for the Heat to end the third quarter, trimming the Wizards’ lead to just nine points.

Fortunately for Washington fans – who had to overpower a core group of Miami supporters eager to see the Heat dominate – the Wizards kept things together in the fourth quarter, outscoring Miami 28-20. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 23 Recap: Beal’s game-winner lifts Wiz over Knicks

With two long threes and a follow-up drive to the basket, the Washington Wizards were quickly reminded of what they had missed in Bradley Beal for nine straight contests.

In his return to Washington’s starting five, Beal tallied 21 points and seven rebounds, but his final seven points edged the Wiz Kids past the New York Knicks in a gripping 102-101 win Monday night. The victory marked Washington’s first at Madison Square Garden since 2006.

The Wizards got off to a solid start. John Wall sank the bulk of his jumpers – even from three-point land, Washington’s defense held the Knicks’ lackluster offense at bay and Martell Webster set the pace for his 30-point night with back-to-back threes to end the first quarter.

Beal came to life in the second quarter, drilling a three and a close-up to put Washington up 33-25 with less than eight to go. With little effort, Webster dropped in two more threes before Wall lit up with seven points in the final 90 seconds of the half. [Read more…]

Martell Webster to reportedly sign 4-year, $22 million deal with Washington Wizards

Veteran swingman Martell Webster reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the Washington Wizards  valued at $22 million, with the fourth year partially guaranteed.

Webster, the sixth overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, enjoyed a comeback year with the Wizards last season – serving as both Washington’s go-to three-shooter and a stabilizing force in the locker room. Before missing the final five games of the season with an abdominal strain, Webster shot 42 percent from three-point range and 44 percent from the field to help him to a high-firepower 60.1 true shooting percentage.

Webster made it official on Twitter Tuesday, tweeting:


With both a healthy John Wall and Bradley Beal, Webster’s spot-up shooting could certainly come in handy this season. The biggest question – considering the fact the Wizards will pay the full value of the mid-level exception with the deal – is whether or not Webster’s 2012-2013 performance was telltale of a long-term turnaround for the eight-year veteran, or an outlier on an otherwise uninspiring record.

Prior to his season with the Wizards, Webster endured two injury-plagued seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves. While he could be a good fit with Otto Porter Jr., the question is – will Webster remain healthy and consistent, able to build upon last year’s successes with new assets on the court?

The news of Webster’s deal came after the announcement that the Wizards and free agent point guard Eric Maynor have agreed to a multiyear deal. Maynor averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 assists in 27 games with the Portland Trail Blazers last season.

Neither Webster nor Maynor can officially sign until July 10, when the annual moratorium on transactions is lifted.

Sports community shows support for Jason Collins

On Monday morning, news broke that Washington Wizards center Jason Collins announced his coming out in the May 6 edition of Sports Illustrated. In the article, he states: “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

With news of Collins’s announcement, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld issued the following statement on behalf of the team: “We are extremely proud of Jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly.  He has been a leader on and off the court and an outstanding teammate throughout his NBA career.  Those qualities will continue to serve him both as a player and as a positive role model for others of all sexual orientation.” [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Cleanout Day Audio

With the end of the NBA regular season, Thursday was “Cleanout Day” at Verizon Center for the Washington Wizards. Below are links to the final media availablity of the season for coach Randy Wittman, John Wall and the rest of the squad.

04-18-13 Randy Wittman Presser RAW 1

04-18-13 Randy Wittman Presser RAW 2

04-18-13 Randy Wittman Presser RAW 3

04-18-13 John Wall Presser RAW

04-18-13 Nene Presser RAW

04-18-13 Kevin Seraphin Presser RAW

04-18-13 Chris Singleton wMartell Webster at end Presser RAW

04-18-13 Cartier Martin Presser RAW


Washington Wizards Game 72 Wrap: Wizards rally falls short in 97-92 loss to Magic

After trailing by as many as 16 points, the Washington Wizards (26-46) rallied to within two points of catching the Orlando Magic (19-54) with 15 seconds remaining, but came up empty, falling 97-92 Friday night at the Amway Center.

John Wall has done everything in his power to ensure the Wizards don’t bow out early this season, even without a playoff berth in sight, but the supporting cast yet again failed to capitalize on his efforts. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 65 Wrap: Webster posts career-high 34 points as Wiz shut down Suns

Martell Webster single-handedly put on a show for the 16,882 in attendance Saturday night as the Washington Wizards (23-42) dominated the Phoenix Suns (22-45) to record a 127-105 win at the Verizon Center.

To say Webster was on top of his game would be a gross understatement. By the end of the night, he was skipping around the court like a kid playing a pickup match with neighborhood friends. [Read more…]

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