July 31, 2014

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:

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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...]

Washington Wizards Game 64 Wrap: Wall posts 29 points in Wizards’ fourth straight win at home

John Wall went 3-for-3 from 3-point range as he notched a season-high 29 points in the Washington Wizards’ 96-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets Friday night at the Verizon Center.

Although Wall is often hailed as a point guard who struggles with the jumper, for at least one night, he laid any and all criticisms to rest, shooting 12-of-15 from the field and adding nine assists to the Wizards’ 23. [Read more...]

Washington Wizards Game 63 Wrap: Wall adds 23 points as Wiz shut down Bucks, 106-93

John Wall earned his seventh double-double of the season as the Washington Wizards (21-42) defeated the Milwaukee Bucks (32-31) 106-93 at the Verizon Center Wednesday night.

After posting season-high numbers Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wall led the Wizards’ efforts once again with 23 points and 10 assists. He also added six rebounds, four steals and top-notch defensive plays to help Washington to its third straight victory at home. [Read more...]

Washington Wizards Game 49 Wrap: Wizards bear down on Brooklyn in Beal’s return

The Washington Wizards (14-35) shut down the Brooklyn Nets (29-21) Friday night at the Verizon Center in an 89-74 win that showcased what the team has believed in – and many have doubted – since the beginning of the season.

They may be far from playoff contention, but the Wizards demonstrated for all what good health and great speed can produce against a team that has more than doubled Washington’s win column this season. [Read more...]

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