November 29, 2015

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


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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Washington Wizards Game 6 Review: Wizards Get Off to Rough Start, Struggle Mightily vs. Boston

The Washington Wizards went up to Boston to play the 1-3 Boston Celtics and absolutely laid an egg, losing 118-98. From the outset, it was clear that the Wizards did not bring their A game, or their B, C, or D game, either. The Wizards were out-shot, out-coached, out-hustled, and out-manned by the Boston Celtics, and it was clear that was the case by the end of a 40-24 first quarter.

The Celtics opened up the second quarter even hotter, and finished the half shooting 61 percent on their way to a 72-49 lead. Isaiah Thomas, Jared Sullinger, and Evan turner combined for 43 points in the first half, and if not for a 14-0 run in the middle of the second quarter for the Wizards, the lead would have been even worse.  The 72-point output by Boston was the most the Wizards had given up in a long, long time. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 3 Review: Dropped by Carmelo and the New York Knicks in home opener

After the home opener festivities where the entire team was introduced under the spotlight, the Washington Wizards were looking to start their season off with three straight victories against the New York Knicks.

Washington wished they caught Carmelo Anthony on any other night as the All-Star dropped 37 in the nation’s capital and although the House of Guards combined for 51 points, it came on 39 shots. The Wizards were in a back and forth fight all game, but could not come back late. The New York Knicks were victorious 117-110 to hand the Wizards their first loss of the year. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 1 Recap: Wall takes control, leads Wiz to close win over Magic

The Washington Wizards opened up their 2015-16 campaign in Orlando, defeating a young and talented Magic team, 88-87. John Wall was the star, posting 22 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a game-high 5 blocks. Bradley Beal added 24 points and 6 rebounds, while Orlando was led by Victor Oladipo with 17 and 11. The game was back and forth and remained close the entire time, as Orlando was definitely up to the challenge defensively. However, Wall and Beal took control in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 of the team’s 23 points in the period. The Wizards closed it out on a Wall floater with 12.7 seconds to go.

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Washington Wizards: WAY too early predictions for 2015-16 Season

(Photo by: Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

(Photo by: Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

We are a day away from the return of the NBA where the Wizards will be in the Magic Kingdom to take on a young Orlando squad. Before we take a nose dive into the start of the season, lets look out somethings that we could expect when we reflect back after the season is over (hopefully in late June).

Based on the offensive performance we saw during the preseason when the Washington Wizards flashed their new look small ball lineup, I am feeling really confident about their potential a year before Kevin Durant potentially returns home to DC. The following are five way too early (and optimistic) predictions for the Wizards this season, barring any major injuries like John Wall having multiple non-displaced fractures in his wrist during the playoffs.

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Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Centers

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Although the idea of a small ball offense often relies on four shooters across the perimeter, there is a big role for the long post presence to take advantage of the extra space he has to work in down low. For the Washington Wizards, they will lean on the Polish Machine Marcin Gortat as the starting center. In a major change from last year, it looks like the big Brazilian Nene will come off the bench and play primarily in a backup center role that Kevin Seraphin has vacated. Though Wittman has preached not to read too much into preseason line ups, it seems all but inevitable that the Wizards will avoid having two prototypical big men on the court at the same time.

For Marcin Gortat, who hopes to become more consistent throughout the length season, he loves the idea that he will have more space to work in the post. Gortat knows that he will adjust his game to move more without the ball and even be more of a distributor to one of the four perimeter shooters. In his two seasons in DC, Gortat has been an iron man for the Wizards by missing just two games and provides a consistent 12.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. The hope is that Gortat will be able to pass out of double teams to open shooters and/or increase his 55.4 percent shooting from the field because of the additional space he has to work with to beat his man.

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Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Power Forward

The Wizards’ power forward position may be the most talked-about position on the team (and perhaps around the league) this offseason. It also may be the biggest mystery. The Wizards experienced success vs. the Raptors and the Hawks in the postseason by utilizing Paul Pierce, Drew Gooden, and Otto Porter as a “stretch 4” alongside Marcin Gortat, rather than putting Nene at the 4 for a more slow, powerful offense.

With the emergence of Porter during the playoffs, the emphasis Kris Humphries has made on shooting 3-pointers, and the acquisition of veteran Jared Dudley, Ernie Grunfeld and Randy Wittman are obviously going for a more modern, stretch 4 design. This Golden State Warriors-esque strategy showed so much success with players like Draymond Green, a guy who could body up in the paint and defend, but also step back and hit from 25 feet. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards 2015 Media Day Need to Know: Using Small Ball to get to Eastern Conference Finals

Below you will find everything you need to know from all of the Washington Wizards players, organized by position. The major theme from all parties, which was presumed by the free agent acquisitions, was that the goal is to get past the second round of the playoffs and the team will follow the trend set out by the Golden State Warriors of going small to spread the floor.

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