September 20, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 26 Review: Wall’s passing, Gortat’s scoring overwhelm Sacramento


The Washington Wizards went into their game against the Sacramento Kings with only seven non-injured, active players, and the outlook looked bleak. However, those seven put on a stellar performance to defeat DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings 113-99 at Verizon Center.

With Bradley Beal and Otto Porter sidelined, along with Drew Gooden and Gary Neal, the burden was placed on veterans Marcin Gortat and John Wall. The two remaining everyday starters delivered, with Gortat scoring a season-high 27 points to go along with 16 rebounds, and Wall scoring 12 points and a new career-high 19 assists.

“He got out and ran all night long,” coach Randy Wittman said of Gortat. “He had four or five layups just by outrunning. That’s what he did consistently all night. He didn’t get a layup out of it every time, but he ran and it made Cousins run up and down the floor and made him work at the other end. He [Cousins] is a lot to deal with, but I thought March did a heck of a job with his movement and activity from his offensive standpoint.”

Garrett Temple, starting in place of Beal, added 23 points. The Wizards benefited from Wall’s distribution all night, hitting 14 of 24 3-point attempts. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 19 Review: Inconsistent season continues as Wall and Wiz down Heat

Despite a loss, the Washington Wizards were extremely fortunate in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. After John Wall had to be carried off the court after bumping knees with Jeremy Evans, the All-Star point guard was able to deal with soreness — not structural damage — and start 24 hours later in South Beach.

Washington needed its floor general against the current Eastern Conference leaders against the veteran and talent-loaded Miami Heat. In a back-and-forth game, with Dwayne Wade leading the charge for Miami, the Wizards got terrific guard play and were victorious, 114-103, beating the top team in the East a week after doing the same to the Cleveland Cavaliers. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 13 Recap: Sloppy play, poor shooting leads to another blowout loss to Celtics

During the Washington Wizards third game of a four game stretch in five days, they were looking to snap their two-game losing streak to get back above the .500 mark. Unfortunately, with more turnovers than assists and getting killed on the boards, Washington saw things get out of hand early on. Without anyone having a good offensive night, things got even worse during garbage time in the fourth quarter before the Wizards eventually fell by a final score of 111-78.

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

Things were promising early for Bradley Beal because of his aggressive nature to get to the bucket instead of settling for jump shots. The Florida product had the Wizards first three field goals. Ever since Kris Humphries made five three-pointers to help Washington beat the Orlando Magic, he has been ice cold and might be transitioned out of the starting lineup. Boston opened the game on a 22-8 run while cashing in on the boards for 11 second-chance points seven minutes into the game. Nene would leave the game in the first quarter after reaggravating his left calf injury before the Celtics closed out the quarter with a 29-18 lead.

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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: Thunder out match Wiz in all phases as Kevin Durant’s homecoming is cut short

(Photo by: Grantland)

(Photo by: Grantland)

In one of the most anticipated regular season games of the year, the Washington Wizards welcomed Kevin Durant back home to the DMV area. Early on the Verizon Center faithful tried to boo every time Durant touched the ball after the Montrose Christian star called fans disrespectful for rooting for him over their team. In the end Kevin Durant’s Thunder, playing without him in the second half, with were too much for the Wizards because of efficient shooting from beyond the arc. Washington fell 125-101 and to below .500 for the first time since dropping the season opener last year in South Beach.

With Bradley Beal missing the game due to a shoulder injury sustained against the Hawks last Saturday, Towson alum Gary Neal got the start and helped weather the storm early with eight points in the first quarter. It was little help to the Wizards that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook came out hungry. The duo combined for 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists in just over 10 minutes of play. Otto Porter was continuing his efficient play with nine point on just four field goal attempts. Wizards began to lose control of things during bench play of both sides and found themselves trailing by a whopping 14 point margin after one quarter of play.

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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 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 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Small Forward

With the loss of “The Truth” Paul Pierce, many people think the Washington Wizards are going to take a step back this season, but anyone who carefully watched how Otto Porter performed in the playoffs knows the team will be just fine. Along with Porter, the Wizards smartly moved up in the draft to select Kelly Oubre Jr., used their mid-level exception to sign Alan Anderson, and still have a now healthy Martell Webster on the roster. For the discussion in this article, we will not consider Gary Neal or Jared Dudley as small forwards although they probably will find themselves playing the wing position during the season.

In the playoffs, Otto Porter, the former 3rd overall pick out of hometown Georgetown, turned into the player Washington expected out of him two years ago. His development was hindered for much of his rookie season because of an early hip injury; however under the mentorship of future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce, Porter grew up quickly.

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Washington Wizards 2015-16 Season Position Outlook: Shooting Guards

The shooting guard position for the Washington Wizards inevitably begins and ends on the performance of fourth-year man Bradley Beal. Beal is one of the most talented young athletes in the NBA, and has drawn comparisons to future Hall of Famers like Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade. He has a sweet shooting stroke and has shown more aggressiveness on defense and off the dribble, especially in last year’s playoffs.

Unfortunately, a couple of factors have led to the former University of Florida star to still be known as an “up-and-comer” rather than a full-fledged star like his backcourt counterpart, John Wall. First, nagging injuries have cut into each of his first three seasons. Beal has missed 54 out of 246 games since 2013, and as it normally goes in the NBA, injuries can be killer to a player’s stat line. Beal has been relegated to minute limits and coming off the bench at times, and his career points average of 15.6 could be much higher if he were in the lineup on a more consistent basis. [Read more…]

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