February 14, 2016

Washington Wizards Game 48 Recap: Much needed pick me up win gained against woeful 76ers

WALL GOES FOR 4th CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLE WITH CAREER HIGH IN REBOUNDS

(Photo by: @NBA)

(Photo by: @NBA)

The Washington Wizards were beaten by double-digits at home against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, but there was some positives to take away. Then interim head coach Don Newman told the players after the loss that they will be successful if they play “like this and put it on the floor.” John Wall agreed by saying Washington would win 10 out of 10 games, since they won’t play the Warriors again, if they play with the energy they did. For the first time Dec. 9, Bradley Beal returned to the Wizards starting lineup.

Washington got off to a great start in the first quarter to take a commanding 20-point lead behind their best offensive performance to start a game. From there they hardly looked back, although they allowed Philadelphia to get back within single digits during a turnover filled stretch. Behind John Wall’s fourth career triple-double performance including a career high 13 rebounds, the Wizards cruised to a 106-94 victory.

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Washington Wizards Game 43 Recap: Wiz comeback in first half just to drop the ball in second against Raptors

More than halfway through the season the Washington Wizards are an anomaly in the league with their rather unwatchable performances at home. After getting swept in the regular season matchup with the Boston Celtics, they had to jump on a red eye to Toronto, clear customs, and get ready to play the second leg of a back-to-back. All of this without Bradley Beal who suffered a broken nose and will begin the concussion protocol after an incidental forearm to the face from Marcus Smart.

With Nene starting for the third straight game alongside Marcin Gortat, it was clear that the Wizards spacing was far from ideal. This contributed to John Wall committing a game-high five turnovers and Washington having poor offensive performances in the first and third quarters. After coming back from 14 points down in the first half, the Wizards were non-existent offensively (literally) in the fourth quarter resulting in their second straight blowout loss. Injuries have a lot to do with their struggles this season, but there may be serious management and coaching changes even before the season ends if things do not pick up soon. Washington got blown out for the second straight night; this time 106-89 to the streaking Raptors.

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Washington Wizards Game 39 Recap: Wiz cannot get the Celtics monkey off their back as they fall in a heart breaker

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

So far the Washington Wizards have not had pleasant experiences at TD Garden arena at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Both matchups have resulted in Washington digging themselves an early hole on their way to 20 and 33 point losses. To start a five game home stand, the Wizards continued to force turnovers to start the game then it was simply John Wall takeover time as the point guard went off for a season-high 36 points. Unfortunately that was not enough for Washington as Isiah Thomas and Jae Crowder combined for 54 points. In a chaotic final minute, the Wizards fell 119-117 to see their four-game winning streak snapped.

Boston was on fire to start the game by shooting five of six from the field including three makes from beyond the arc. Washington would respond with a 17-4 run by scoring on 12 of 15 possessions. Much to their recent track record, the Wizards forced their opponent into early turnover problems and converted in transition. Boston had seven first quarter turnovers that Washington cashed in for 10 points. Unlike early in the year where they trailed 40-25 and 28-19 after one quarter, the Wizards held a 31-24 advantage after twelve minutes of play.

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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 36 Review: Depleted Wizards Give Complete Effort against Bulls

The Washington Wizards headed into a road matchup with the Chicago Bulls excited for the return of Nene for some much-added depth. However, Marcin Gortat was a late scratch because of a nagging knee injury, and the Wizards were left short handed once again. As depleted as they were, the team displayed a complete offensive effort against a stellar Bulls team, winning 114-100.

This effort was not about just one player for Washington, with 7 Wizards scoring in double figures, including Ramon Sessions (16), Gary Neal (11), and Drew Gooden (10). The road team was able to distribute the ball and get the looks that they needed inside even without Gortat on the pick and roll. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 34 Review: Poor middle quarters for Wiz cost them against Raptors

With the number of injuries that the Washington Wizards have endured this season, it is no suprise that they would be reeling. With John Wall cooling off from his Eastern Conference Player of the Month performance in December, Washington came into Friday night’s matchup against Toronto having dropped its previous two games to Miami and Cleveland.

The Raptors have played in “playoffs” mode in their earlier matchup with the Wizards according to Wall, which would explain their two-nil lead so far in the season series. With the return of Gary NealNene, and Drew GoodenRandy Wittman was able to assemble a floor lineup of all bench players for the first time in a while. Getting outscored in the middle two quarters by 20 meant the Wizards were forced to play catch up in the fourth, which did not go well. The result? The Wizards continued to be routed by Toronto in the regular season with a 97-88 loss.

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Washington Wizards Game 21 Review: Terrible 3-point defense and no Bradley Beal leads to loss in New Orleans

BRADLEY BEAL SITS WITH RIGHT LEG INJURY

The Washington Wizards have been without the services of NeneKris Humphries, and Drew Gooden in recent weeks leading to a depleted frontcourt. With Bradley Beal sitting out Friday night’s game in New Orleans with a sore right leg — a possible reaggravation of last year’s stress fracture that kept him out of eight games — Randy Wittman had only ten players available to him.

(Photo by: NOLA.com)

(Photo by: NOLA.com)

John Wall had another strong game with 26 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough. Washington allowed the Pelicans to set a franchise record of 16 made 3s, five by Tyreke Evans, and could not hit the big shot late. The Wizards fell to 9-12 on the season after a 107-105 loss to begin their four-game road trip.

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Washington Wizards Game 14 Recap: Wiz drop fourth straight on dagger three from Raptors as time expires

KORY JOSEPH HITS BUZZER-BEATING THREE TO PUT THE DAGGER IN WIZARDS

Five games removed from having a career shooting performance from beyond the arc for Kris HumphriesRandy Wittman moved trade acquisition Jared Dudley into the starting lineup because he is playing like a “crazed animal”. Washington was desperate for a win to end the grueling four games in five nights stretch, while Toronto was hoping to get a bit of revenge for getting swept in last year’s playoffs. In a game without the services of NeneGary Neal, nor Drew Gooden, Washington’s bench was short-handed. Washington led for most of the night, but after back-to-back missed free throws from John Wall, the Wizards gave up a corner three as time expired to lose 84-82.

(Photo by: @NBA)

(Photo by: @NBA)

Toronto got off to a 9-4 run to start the game including a 30-foot jump shot from Kyle Lowry with 0.5 seconds on the shot clock. Then Marcin Gortat, who apologized to the fans on Friday night, started to get going by starting 4 of 4 from the floor. A couple of three pointers from Jared Dudley and Bradley Beal would spurt a 13-0 run for the home team. Even with John Wall shooting 0 of 6 in his first eight minutes of play, Washington was up 23-16 after one quarter.

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Washington Wizards Game 10 Recap: Bench fuels comeback as Wiz hold on to beat Detroit in the Palace

In a matchup against two $80 million guards in John Wall and Reggie Jackson, you knew tonight was going to be a fast paced game. With Bradley Beal returning after missing three games with a sore left shoulder, Washington was hoping to get by the Pistons on the road.

Early on it was Washington who was sloppy that led to a Pistons 12-4 run to start the game because of easy transition opportunities. Wall would bring the Wizards right back with their own transition game that spurted an 11-0 run. Both teams began to score at will as one would immediately respond to the bucket of the other. Wall finished the quarter with 6 points and more importantly 5 assists, many of them to Otto Porter who had 10 points in the session. Marcus Morris, like Porter, started 4 of 4 for 10 points, but Washington led 30-24 after one.

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Washington Wizards Game 8: Late game heroics from Kris Humphries help Wiz drop Magic

For the second straight game since Bradley Beal suffered a left shoulder injury against the Atlanta Hawks a week ago, the Washington Wizards will be without the Florida guard’s services. Instead of Towson product Gary Neal getting the start, defensive minded guard Garrett Temple got the nod to play with the first unit. The Orlando Magic were in a similar predicament as they were without former DeMatha star Victor Oladipo. A back and forth game throughout, Kris Humphries and Garrett Temple were the heros for the Wizards on their way to a 108-99 victory to snap their three game losing streak.

After starting the game with a backcourt violation, the Orlando Magic made their next four field goal attempts while Marcin Gortat missed a couple of chip shots from up close that he would like to have back. This forced Randy Wittman to call timeout just two and a half minutes into the game when down 9-3. The Magic would stretch their lead out to 15-5, but Washington would come roaring back with strong shooting from beyond the arc where they finished 5 of 10 at the end of one. Nene gave Washington a boost off the bench with 2 points, 2 beautiful assists, and 2 rebounds to outscore the Magic bench by 9. Although a John Wall floater at the end of the quarter was eventually waived off for coming a split second after the horn, Washington led 29-27.

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