November 17, 2017

Washington Wizards Game 80 Recap: Without House of Guards, Wiz upset playoff bound Hornets

(Photo by: Jose Arqueta)

(Photo by: Jose Arqueta)

The Washington Wizards were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday when losing to the Detroit Pistons, but Randy Wittman wants to have “pride in playing” these last three games. For the third straight game, and probably rightfully so with nothing to play for, John Wall sat out with a sore right knee. Too add onto further injury, after one quarter of play that Washington would lose their other starting guard, but that did not stop the Wizards from playing hard. Behind an efficient performance from Marcin Gortat, 10 of 11 for for 21 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists, the Wizards dominated Charlotte on their way to a 113-98 victory.

You could argue that there was nothing to play for, but that did not stop the Polish Machine from opening the game 5 of 5 from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds in the quarter. When bench players starter to enter the lineup, Washington’s defense suffered allowing Charlotte to get better shooting looks. After Hornets’ Marvin Williams had to take a seat with two personal fouls early in the game, rookie Frank Kaminsky gave the road team a boost off the bench with seven first quarter points. Behind 16 points in the paint the home team clung to a 28-27 lead after one quarter.

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Washington Wizards Game 78 Recap: Without Wall, Wiz take care of business against the Nets

Fresh off of a five-game West coast road trip, the Washington Wizards returned home without the services of the All-Star point guard as John Wall sat with a sore right knee. Many fans thought Wall’s absence would be the ultimate, and fitting, dagger in the Wizards season but his teammates took care of business without him. Brooklyn was short staffed without Jarrett Jack, Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young and it showed. Once the home team cleaned up some turnovers, possibly a result of Wall not running the show, the Wizards had their way with the nets. Although playoff odds are slim, Washington took care of business with a 121-103 victory.

(Photo by: Getty Images)

(Photo by: Getty Images)

Washington seemed unphased by the loss of their leader to start the game as they opened things up with a quick 9-0 advantage with Bradley Beal and Otto Porter aggressively looking for their shot. By the midway point of the first quarter, Randy Wittman was forced to call timeout as the Nets went on an extended 17-8 run to tie things up. The home team would end the quarter on a 10-2 run as Ramon Sessions was looking to play himself into a nice contract with 7 points and five dimes in the first twelve minutes of play. DC got their free Egg McMuffin as the Wizards led 30-23 after one.

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Washington Wizards Game 72 Recap: Wiz blow lead in regular and first OT, lose to T-Wolves in double OT

If the Washington Wizards are not able to squeak into the playoffs, they will have no one but themselves to blame with their roller coaster inconsistency. After playing a complete game in Atlanta, the Wizards reverted back to poor perimeter defense at home against the Hawks. In a game where defense was optional, Washington looked like it might be able to hang out up 8 with a bit more than two minutes to play. They blew that lead, missed a game-winning attempt in regular and repeated the same in the first overtime session. In the second they missed a potential game-tying shot and fell 132-129 at home to Minnesota. Their shots at making the playoffs become nearly non-existant now.

(Photo by: Jeffrey Becker/ USA Today Sports)

(Photo by: Jeffrey Becker/ USA Today Sports)

Number one overall pick Karl Anthony-Towns showed the DC area why he is the odds on favorite to win rookie of the year this season. The Kentucky product started the game by making his first four shots when matched up with Markieff Morris. In a suprise move in the bench rotation, recently signed guard Marcus Thornton entered the game before Garrett Temple fresh off of his 23 point performance. While changes were being made in the backcourt, Jared Dudley returned to his shooting form from earlier in the year by hitting three consecutive jumpers including two from beyond the arc. At the end of twelve minutes of play Washington led 29-27.

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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 31 Review: Strong fourth quarter allow Wiz to continue dominance of Magic

It is a new year for the Washington Wizards, who probably want to leave the heartbreak of 2015 in the past. Now they have to continue weathering the injury storm in order to stay in contention for the Eastern Conference playoffs. It is hard to believe Washington was able to pull off a .500 record (8-8) in December when they missed time from eight players of meaning. John Wall had a lot to do with that by being the first player since Chris Paul in April 2009 to average 22+ points, 11+ assists, 4+ rebounds, and 2+ steals per game during an entire month.

Wall recorded another double-double, 22 points and 12 assists, but got great support from Kris Humphries in the fourth quarter to down the Magic 103-91. Tonight marked the eleventh straight victory for the Wizards over the Magic as they continue to “own” Scott Skiles’ team.

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Washington Wizards Game 28 Review: Wiz back to .500 after strong fourth quarter over Nets

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

Since the large number of injuries plagued the Washington Wizards earlier in the month, they have been struggling to find ways to manufacture wins while some of their best players are on the mend.

Recently, John Wall has found his role as an all around beast on the court to propel his team to a three game winning streak. Otto Porter (bruised thigh) made his return, but off the bench as rookie Kelly Oubre Jr. was not going to be benched during his stretch of hot shooting. Marcin Gortat was the Wizards player of the game with 25 points, seven rebounds, and even three assists (!) as the Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-96. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 27 Review: Strong homestand continues with third straight win as Wiz beat Grizzlies

The Washington Wizards continue to be undermanned as starters Bradley Beal (right leg stress reaction) and Otto Porter (left thigh bruise) continue to sit out for Randy Wittman. Things got worse today as the Washington Post’s Jorge Castillo reports Alan Anderson, Washington’s best defender according to Marcin Gortat, will be sidelined an additional three to five weeks as he recovers from left ankle surgery.

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

Point guard John Wall has been single-handedly willing the Wizards along in December, a month where he is currently averaging 23.6 points, 11.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and even 41.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc per game. Things were no different tonight as Optimus Dime pace Washington with nine first half assists. The All-Star hopeful recorded his fifth straight double-double at home as the Wizards went on to win 100-91.

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Washington Wizards Game 22 Review: Behind Otto Porter’s career night, Wizards get revenge on Mavericks

(Photo by: USA Today)

(Photo by: USA Today)

Not only are the Washington Wizards three games under .500 following a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, but they will be without Bradley Beal for at least two weeks because of a stress injury to his right leg that has been of continuous concern throughout his career. Thanks to efficient scoring from Otto Porter Jr., a career high 28, and Marcin Gortat, 14 on just nine shots, to complement yet another December double-double, 26 points and 16 assists, from John Wall, Washington got a much needed victory over Dallas 114-111.

Washington opened up 7 of 9 from the field as all of the starters chipped in with points four minutes into the game. However, the poor defense against 3-pointers continued as Dallas opened up 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. This coming after Wesley Matthews knocked down ten long balls last Sunday at Verizon Center. John Wall kept Washington in the thick of things with six points and five assists in the first quarter, but Dallas led 28-26.

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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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