September 20, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 61 Wrap: Ariza posts 26 points in Wizards’ 104-87 win over Bobcats

The Washington Wizards (20-41) finally uncovered the not-so-secret formula for unraveling the Charlotte Bobcats (13-50) Saturday night in time to clinch their 15th victory at home this season with a 104-87 win.

Trevor Ariza led the charge – serving 35 minutes off the bench to notch a season-high 26 points on the night. Ariza added 10 rebounds and found his comfort zone from behind the arc, sinking five of eight three-point attempts including

Martell Webster followed suit by posting 20 points in 35 minutes of action – including four three-pointers – as part of the Wizards’ starting five. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 59 Wrap: Turnovers prove costly in Wizards loss to T-wolves

John Wall and Trevor Ariza posted 19 and 16 points respectively, but mental errors cost the Washington Wizards (19-40) their shot at catching the Minnesota Timberwolves (21-37) Wednesday night in Minneapolis as the Wiz fell 87-82.

The Wizards had to press onward without their leading scorer, Bradley Beal, who missed Wednesday’s game due to a sprained left ankle. Regardless of whether or not Washington missed Beal’s presence on the court, the team only hurt itself further by committing 24 turnovers, compared with Minnesota’s 14.

Despite a plethora of sloppy mistakes, the Wizards looked hopeful in the first quarter. They rounded out the first 12 minutes of play with a 29-24 lead and – perhaps, more telling – Wall seemed to unravel the secrets of sinking a jump shot. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 48 Postgame Audio: Wittman, Wall & more

Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards shut down Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the New York Knicks, winning 106-96 and halting the Knicks five-game winning streak.

After the game, head coach Randy Wittman praised the effort of his squad.

“I told the team afterwards, that’s what a quality NBA game is made up of, what we had tonight. We had instances where we played very well, and where they came back at us and played very well. Tonight we had instances where we didn’t put our head down.

“Our guys stayed with it the whole time.”

Forward Trevor Ariza noted the importance of the game for a team that’s struggled for consitency. “It was a big game, we gave (the fans) something to be proud of tonight. It was a good crowd for us tonight.”

For all of Wittman’s comments, plus those of Ariza, Martell Webster, Chris Singleton and John Wall, please click the links below.

02-06-13 Randy Wittman Postgame RAW

02-06-13 John Wall Postgame RAW

02-06-13 Trevor Ariza Postgame RAW

02-06-13 Chris Singleton Postgame RAW

02-06-13 Martell Webster Postgame RAW

Wizards Postgame Audio: Wittman, Beal & Many More Talk Win!

WASHINGTON–The Washington Wizards defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 in their fifth victory of the season.  Bradley Beal had 22 points including the game winner and with three regular guys out due to injuries, Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman was very pleased with Beal’s and everyone else’s effort tonight.

“I couldn’t of been more prouder of a group of guys then these guys showed me tonight,”  Wittman said.

Beal, even though they shot 10 of 18 from three, said it was their defense that won it today.  Beal also talked about the effort AJ Price and Trevor Ariza gave, since without them, they would’ve only had seven guys play tonight.  Wittman said he begged them to play, but had full doctor approval before hand.  Price said he’s been wanting to play for a few games.

Listen here to what Randy Wittman, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, A.J. Price, Martell Webster & Jan Vesely had to say following the win.

Randy Wittman Postgame Audio

01-07-13 Randy Wittman Postgame RAW

Bradley Beal Postgame Audio

01-07-13 Bradley Beal Postgame RAW

Trevor Ariza Postgame Audio

01-07-13 Trevor Ariza Postgame RAW

A.J. Price Postgame Audio

01-07-13 AJ Price Postgame RAW

Martell Webster Postgame Audio

01-07-13 Martell Webster Postgame RAW

Jan Vesely Postgame Audio

01-07-13 Jan Vesely Postgame RAW

Washington Wizards Wrap Game 13: Wizards end season long nightmare with win over Blazers

Who says 13 is not a lucky number? For the Washington Wizards, it is now their favorite number. The team finally pulled out their first win of year in game number 13 by hanging on for a hard fought 84-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Familiar writing was on the wall for the Wizards as time was winding down in the fourth. Up by as much as 15 in the quarter, Washington found themselves suddenly tied with Portland after the Wizards went ice cold from the field. With 2:27 left in the game, the Wizards even found themselves down one to a scrappy Portland team who lit up the field for much of the fourth quarter. Almost two minutes later, it was offseason acquisition Emeka Okafor shooting two free throws, hitting two and giving Washington a lead they would not relinquish.

After a dicey moment where the Trail Blazers very nearly scored on a last millisecond inbounds pass, Chris Singleton came down with the defensive rebound to seal the Wizards’ first victory of the season.

It was starting to look like Washington was going to really challenge the New Jersey, now Brooklyn, Nets for the record for worst start in NBA history. With the team staring 0-13 in the face and a tough recent stretch featuring the New York Knicks and Miami Heat in back-to-back games coming up, Wednesday’s game against the Trail Blazers was one of their last legitimate shots to get a win.

The game was tied at halftime with both teams putting down 43-points. Neither team shot well in the first half and really for the game. Portland only hit 35-percent of their shots and missed six free throws, while Washington shot 44-percent from the field, but only missed two from the line, which ended up being the difference.

Jordan Crawford was a force for the Wizards and was their main scoring threat, hitting seven buckets for 19 points and hit all four of his free throws. Pair his double-digit points with Trevor Ariza’s 14 and the Wizards suddenly had their go-to scorers for the evening. Of note was Kevin Seraphin who had another double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, but was ineffective late missing some easy buckets that could have really put the game away sooner.

Washington got a lot of support off the bench in its win, while Portland leaned heavily on its starters. With only four total points coming of the bench, it was Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard who lead the Trail Blazers in scoring with a combined 40 points. Like Seraphin, J.J. Hickson also had a double-double with 15 points and 19 boards, 10 of them on the defensive side of the ball.

Now sitting at 1-12, the Wizards can start to focus on getting healthy and getting a sense of flow on the court instead of just getting their fist win. John Wall did warmups before the game with a knee brace and looks closer to coming back, but is not quite ready yet. In terms of finding their flow, it might be hard with their next two games against two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference in the Knicks and Heat.

For now though, Washington can celebrate, as their season long slump is over, history will not be made and the Wizards finally pulled out a win.

Washington Wizards acquire forwards Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza

The Washington Wizards today announced the team acquired forwards Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for forward Rashard Lewis and the 46th overall pick in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft.

From the press release:

Okafor (6-10, 255) holds career averages of 12.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting .517 from the field in 511 career games over eight seasons between Charlotte and New Orleans. The former second overall pick was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2005 and was one of three players (joining Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard) to average a double-double from 2004-05 to 2008-09. He has averaged at least 10 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 blocks in seven of his eight NBA seasons and has shot at least 53 percent from the field in the last six consecutive seasons. Okafor averaged 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting .533 from the field in 27 games for the Hornets last season.

Ariza (6-8, 210) holds career averages of 9.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 499 games over eight seasons with New York, Orlando, L.A. Lakers, Houston and New Orleans. Over the last three seasons, he has averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting .323 from three-point range with the Rockets and Hornets. Ariza helped lead the Lakers to the 2009 NBA Championship, contributing 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting .476 from beyond the arc in 23 games (all starts) during their title run. Last season, he averaged 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting .333 from three-point range in 41 games for the Hornets.

These two players will significantly strengthen the Wizards lineup, combining with Nene, Kevin Seraphin, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker and Jan Vesely in the front court. The addition of two forwards this close to the draft would indicate the Wizards are leaning toward smooth-shooting Bradley Beal with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft. Beal, a 6’4″ shooting guard, would pair with point guard John wall to form a dynamic back court to go with the Wizards bolstered front court.

The arrival of Okefor could also signal the end of the road for Andray Blatche, out most of the year last year with conditioning issues. The Wizards could apply for amnesty on his contract and part ways with the talented but troubled big man.

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