October 27, 2016

Washington Wizards Game 57 Game Recap: Wiz take care of business against lowly 76ers after slow start


(Photo by: @SportTalkWizards)

(Photo by: @SportTalkWizards)

The Washington Wizards were coming off of a bad loss to the injury riddled Chicago Bulls that doubled their games back from the playoffs, two to four. That being said, winning three of five games during a seven day stretch is not the worst thing in the world, but the lack of consistent defensive intensity is troubling. After a slow start that had D.C. sports fans cringing at the possibility of giving the likely first-overall selector Sixers their ninth win of the year, Washington turned it on in the third quarter. John Wall went for 13 in that quarter and 17 offensive rebounds in the game did Philadelphia in. The Wizards left the Wells Fargo Center with a 103-94 victory, pulling them to within three games of .500.

Both teams got off to slow starts offensively with Washington shooting just 3 of 13 to start the game compared to Philadelphia’s 3 of 10. The 76ers made their next sive shots from the field to take the early command of the game. Washington was paced by the Georgetown stud Otto Porter with 9 points on 4 of 6 shooting to start the game. Porter’s effort came after playing just five minutes in the second half against Chicago because he was not aggressive enough according to Randy Wittman. At the end of one period of play, the worst offensive team held a 26-21 on the Wizards.

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


(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 59 Review: Wizards embarrassing in loss to 76ers

Over the Washington Wizards’ six-game losing streak, small signs of promise have shown the potential for a light at the end of the tunnel.

On Friday in Philadelphia, that light all but disappeared.

With a display of “one step forward, two steps back” basketball, the Wizards were unable to maintain the tenuous leads they did grab, and fell to the 76ers 89-81. The Wizards have lost 11 of their last 13 games. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 4 Review: Wall powers Wiz past 76ers to notch first win of the season

John Wall’s 24 points and career-high five three-pointers helped the Washington Wizards to a 116-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night. The victory marked Washington’s long-awaited first of the season, dashing fears of a potential start to rival 2012’s 0-12 run.

Marcin Gortat added 19 points and 12 rebounds to the effort and Bradley Beal came up big with 17 and eight, respectively. Washington (1-3) also benefited from strong performances by Martell Webster and Al Harrington off the bench.

But, it was Wall who kept the Sixers in check from the get-go.

Beal sank the first basket from behind the arc and the Wizards never allowed Philly to play catch-up. By the end of the first quarter, Washington carried a 39-27 lead, largely on the backs of Gortat and Beal.

The second quarter featured a four-and-a-half minute stretch in which the Wizards failed to score, but Wall and Trevor Ariza posted timely threes to help the Wizards stay in front, 60-51, at the half. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 58 Postgame Audio: Wittman, Wall, Beal & Price

Late in the game, Beal jumped to challenge a shot and landed awkwardly, twisting his ankle and landing in a heap.

“I just jumped in the air and came down on my own. Ended up rolling it,” he said.

“I’m grateful it wasn’t my knee, but it still felt bad,” Beal described from the locker room. “Whenever you have something like that, like an ankle sprain where it rolls over completely, it feels bad. I’m thankful it wasn’t my knee or anything too, too serious.”

Beal moved around gingerly while meeting with press and the team has him listed day-to-day.

“I got an x-ray,” Beal said. “It looks the same, looks normal I just have to see how it feels tomorrow.”

“I honestly thought it was more serious than what it was. At first I really couldn’t move my foot, I couldn’t really feel it. I guess that’s what happens when you’re just in shock, when your mind’s just going all over the place. I’m grateful to have the teammates that I have and they have my back.”

For Beal’s complete comments, plus those of head coach Randy Wittman, John Wall and A.J. Price, please click the links below.

03-03-13 Randy Wittman Postgame RAW

03-03-13 John Wall Postgame RAW

03-03-13 Bradley Beal Postgame RAW

03-03-13 AJ Price Postgame RAW

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 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…]

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