February 26, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 60 Wrap: Deron Williams and Brooklyn Nets dominate Wizards 95-78

If you were tuning in to see whether the Washington Wizards continued their impressive winning ways you are going to be disappointed as the Brooklyn Nets dominated them 95-78 in New York.

Nothing quite sums up just how bad this game was than the fact that Brooklyn’s Deron Williams broke the record for three-pointers in a half by hitting nine leading the Nets in scoring. At one point at the start of the second half Williams had as many points, 33, as the entire Wizards. At one point, Williams was the only player to hit a three in the entire game, until Washington’s Martell Webster hit one at the start of the second half. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 58: Wizards down 76ers late, lose Bradley Beal to injury

Even though John Wall stole the show for the Washington Wizards with a huge bucket to seal a 90-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, the long-term story of the game is the loss of rookie Bradley Beal.

The Wizards’ rookie franchise single season three-point recorder holder went down with little contact in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter and did not return to the game. Scoring 14 points in the game, Beal is a key-cog in the Wizards’ plans. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 56: Wizards throw away victory in 96-95 loss to the Pistons

The Washington Wizards’ winning streak ended at three games, as they fell to the Detroit Pistons 96-95 for the fourth time this season, as the Wizards threw away the final possession which gave them a chance to hit a shot to win it.

Even with John Wall having probably one of his worst games of the season, the Wizards were able to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter and almost overcame what looked like an insurmountable Pistons lead, but their attempt fell just short, entirely to poor fundamentals.

“We were more caught up in ourselves as individuals than the team. That’s the bottom line. We got guys that, haven’t been in the rotation, complaining, the older guys try to help them and they wont listen and that just tells me I’m worried about myself, I’m not worried about winning this game,” Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman said following the game. “Its my job to coach you and right now, tonight for whatever reason, it’s bizarre to me, they didn’t want to be coached.” [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 55 Wrap: Wizards extend winning streak to three games after downing Raptors

It may not have been pretty, but the Washington Wizards persevered through some tough shooting and poor offense to pull out their third win in a row with a 90-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Bradley Beal was the Wizards’ best shooter all night, scoring 20, but it was a tough night for both teams around the bucket. Both shot under 45 percent, with the Raptors shooting under 40 percent, to make for some less than thrilling basketball. Washington put three players in double-figures compared to Toronto who just had two players go over ten points. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 54 Wrap: Win over Rockets shows glimpse of future

The Washington Wizards have looked like a different team since John Wall returned and with their second win in two nights over playoff bound Western Conference teams, Saturday night’s saw the Wizards beating the Houston Rockets 105-103, the NBA is getting a glimpse of what may be next year.

Even though Wall’s return has been the focal point for much of the season, Bradley Beal might be the brightest star on the team right now. Saturday night he showed why too with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Even though he is just a rookie, Beal is showing a high-rate of improvement this year with his best games coming when Wall gives him the ball.

“I think he is playing big. He’s finding his comfort zone, the way he wants to play,” Wall said of Beal to reporters after the game. “He’s really maturing throughout every game he plays during his rookie season.”
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OPINION: Jordan Crawford’s days with Washington Wizards appear to be numbered

The end of Jordan Crawford’s days in a Washington Wizards jersey are coming and if people needed any proof, they can look at last night as the climax of an end to Crawford’s eventful stay in the Red, White and Blue.

With his posture on the bench defined as at a constant 45-degree angle, Crawford failed to stay engaged in what was happening on the floor, failed to even attempt to become apart of team huddles during timeouts and in my opinion looked like he was more interested in making sure his towel stayed in place than in determining how he could help his team win. Add his behavior during the game up with the fact he threw his jersey into the stands, stormed out of the locker room before media could arrive and his cryptic tweets and you get a perfect storm for an unhappy player who wants to be traded.

After the game, I asked Head Coach Randy Wittman for a comment on Crawford’s current status with the team.

“He’s like any of our other 14 guys, he’s got to stay with it, his opportunity is going to come again,” Wittman said following last night’s loss. “Like any of the guys that doesn’t have the opportunity to play or be in the rotation, gotta be ready because it changes like that … [This season is too long] it is a test of your will and character and I look at those things when you’re building a team and who handles it the right way and who stays in it and stays ready.”

Clearly based on his posture alone, one could assume Crawford may not be handling it the right way. When pressed for more information, Wittman did not seem to want to discuss the matter more and said to me he didn’t see Crawford’s in game antics.

“Listen, I’m watching the game. You’re obviously not watching the game, you’re watching him. I can’t comment on that.”

With the trade deadline fast approaching and Crawford’s seeming lack of enthusiasm, it seems he could be a prime candidate to be moved. Sitting four points away from 2,000 and only playing limited minutes since he was pulled from a win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Crawford may not have a spot in the rotation. Wittman alluded to players with good attitudes getting second chances and based on Crawford’s current aura in front of the media, coupled with Wittman’s comments, it might be fair to say Crawford does not have that attitude.

The only players reportedly off limits are John Wall, Bradley Beal and Nene. Those are the pillars this organization is looking to build around and even though fans may have chanted for Crawford to enter the game last night, it does not appear there is room, at the guard spot at least, for him to play consistent minutes.

The biggest question for the Washington Wizards now may not be about whether Crawford can perform for them, but rather does anyone want him on their squad?

Listen here for audio of Wittman’s comments, courtesy of Sky Kerstein. His discussion of Crawford begins three-quarters of the way through the recording.

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Andrew Tomlinson is a Contributor to District Sports Page. He is a graduate of The American University and has experience covering the NCAA, WNBA, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.  Andrew is a former staff writer for On Frozen Blog, where he spent three years covering the ups-and-downs of the Washington Capitals. You can follow him on Twitter @drew_tomlinson.

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 50: Beal Shows No Sign of Lingering Injury Leading Wizards to Fourth Straight Win

The Washington Wizards certainly are a different team when both John Wall and Bradley Beal are on the court together, as the two teamed up to lead the Wizards to yet another road win, this time over the Milwaukee Bucks 102-90, to improve to 15-35 on the year.

Perhaps the most unlikely story in sports right now, the Washington Wizards, who looked like they could challenge the New Jersey Nets’ record for futility to start a season, have suddenly gone 11-11 since the start of the new year. A big part of the turnaround is the overall health of the team, which is now above average, but also because of the way the supporting cast has surrounded the team’s best players. Early albatrosses like Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and Kevin Seraphin are now playing key minutes and making big plays throughout the course of the game.  [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 46: Wizards remain winless in San Antonio since 1999

Suddenly, like a switch was flipped, the Washington Wizards have returned to their earlier season form  and are now mired in a four game losing streak after falling to the San Antonio Spurs 96-86 on the road.

Even with Tim Duncan only playing 14 minutes before leaving with an injury  the Spurs still managed to hold a comfortable lead throughout most of the game with four shooters in double figures and two of them totaling double-doubles. It was the Tony Parker show with his 19 points and 12 assists for most of the evening. Parker was joined by Kawhi Leonard who totaled 10 points of his own and added 11 rebounds.

Meanwhile the Wizards looked absolutely lost at times, even with John Wall posting his second best offensive night of the season. Yet another high turnover night combined with a low free throw shooting percentage contributed to one of the team’s worst losses of the year. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 44: Wizards Collapse in Second Quarter, as 76ers Cruise to Win

After winning three of their last four, the Wizards are now mired in another slump, dropping their second in a row to the Philadelphia 76ers 92-84 on Wednesday night.

The night started out strong for the Wizards, taking 28-25 lead into the second quarter. Washington got their scoring from all over with Nene, John Wall, Kevin Seraphin, Jordan Crawford, Tervor Ariza and Emeka Okafor all knocking down shots. It boded well for the team on the evening since it was without their offensive horse Bradley Beal, who sat out with a wrist injury.

It was pretty much all downhill from there for the Wizards after that. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 41: Wizards extend home streak to four in win over Timberwolves

Who is this team and what have they done with the Washington Wizards? After having a fairly successful West Coast road trip, the Wizards returned home to down the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-101.

John Wall earned his first start of the year and added his energy, as well as spark, to the Wizards offense off the bat. Never trailing throughout the game, Washington yet again had five players in double-digits. Jordan Crawford led the offense with 19 points off the bench. Rookie Bradley Beal followed Crawford with 16 points of his own and led the team with a plus-24 rating. Nene, Martell Webster and Wall were the other three players in double figures. [Read more…]

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