December 15, 2017

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 29 Review: Clippers Dominate Wizards in Pierce’s Return

The Washington Wizards were riding a pretty impressive four-game winning streak headed into their home matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. However, any momentum they had built up over that win streak was quickly stopped by the team of old friend Paul Pierce. The Clippers dominated from beginning to end, winning 108-91.

The Clippers outclassed the Wizards from the opening tip, mostly with the stellar play of L.A.’s 2-guards, Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford. Paul finished with 23 points and seven assists, while Crawford finished with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. John Wall seemed to be the only one on the court that was on his game, matching Paul’s 23 points and adding 11 assists. Otto Porter added a good shooting night, hitting 8 of 12 shots on the way to 21 points.

Marcin Gortat scored 12 points with 16 rebounds. Gortat was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, leading the Wizards to a perfect 3-0 last week for his first-ever Player of the Week honor. The Polish Hammer put up 21.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting a blistering 59.6 percent from the field.

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

WALL DEALS CAREER-HIGH 19 ASSISTS, GORTAT GOES FOR SEASON-HIGH 27 POINTS

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 23 Review: Wall struggles as Grizzlies rout Wizards

The Washington Wizards continued their inconsistent and woeful ways Monday night, following up Saturday’s big performance with an abysmal one. The injury-depleted Wizards lost in a blowout to the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-95, at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Wizards really never got things going in this one, going down 57-46 at half with at least some sort of a comeback still in the realm of possibilities. But Memphis came out with nine unanswered points to take a commanding lead that they never lost, especially with the way they were shooting. The Wizards’ defense continued its season-long struggles again, and was allowing open shots the entire night. Memphis shot an incredible 56 percent from the field, including 10 of 15 from 3-point range. In nine December games, the Wizards have held their opponents under 100 points just once. [Read more…]

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 5 Review: Beal’s Last Second Shot Lifts Wizards past Spurs

“Out of all my shots tonight that one felt the best. Everything was in and it felt naturally good.
As soon as I jabbed him I knew it was good.” –Bradley Beal, on the game-winning shot.

The Washington Wizards faced their toughest and deepest opponent yet in the San Antonio Spurs at Verizon Center, and did not back down in the slightest. Bradley Beal put away the Spurs in dramatic fashion on a wide open 3 to win, 102-99. The shot was made possible by a beautiful jab step move on LaMarcus Aldrige, and it continued the shooting guard’s 2015 coming out party.

The game started well, with the Wizards coming out white hot and stretching an early lead to 19-2. However, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs rallied to take the lead at the end of the first quarter, and controlled the tempo for the majority of the next two quarters. The game was looking like the normal Spurs’ cake walk like it had been for so many years prior. [Read more…]

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