November 29, 2015

Washington Wizards Game 14 Recap: Wiz drop fourth straight on dagger three from Raptors as time expires


Five games removed from having a career shooting performance from beyond the arc for Kris HumphriesRandy Wittman moved trade acquisition Jared Dudley into the starting lineup because he is playing like a “crazed animal”. Washington was desperate for a win to end the grueling four games in five nights stretch, while Toronto was hoping to get a bit of revenge for getting swept in last year’s playoffs. In a game without the services of NeneGary Neal, nor Drew Gooden, Washington’s bench was short-handed. Washington led for most of the night, but after back-to-back missed free throws from John Wall, the Wizards gave up a corner three as time expired to lose 84-82.

(Photo by: @NBA)

(Photo by: @NBA)

Toronto got off to a 9-4 run to start the game including a 30-foot jump shot from Kyle Lowry with 0.5 seconds on the shot clock. Then Marcin Gortat, who apologized to the fans on Friday night, started to get going by starting 4 of 4 from the floor. A couple of three pointers from Jared Dudley and Bradley Beal would spurt a 13-0 run for the home team. Even with John Wall shooting 0 of 6 in his first eight minutes of play, Washington was up 23-16 after one quarter.

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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 12 Review: Wearing down in the fourth, Hornets 25-0 run dooms Wiz

On the front end of a back-to-back stretch, the Washington Wizards got lit up by Paul George and C.J. Miles for a combined 72 points on Tuesday for the Indiana Pacers. Washington was hoping to rebound Wednesday on the road against the Charlotte Hornets to go into their Thanksgiving day off happy. Unfortunately, things did not go that way as the Wizards got absolutely abused in the fourth quarter. Washington lost 101-87 as the Hornets ended the game on a ridiculous 25-0 run, sending the Wizards to a 6-6 record.

(Photo by: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo by: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington got off to a hot shooting start thanks to three straight Bradley Beal 3-pointers. The Hornets responded by shooting 4 of 6 from beyond the arc as a team. Charlotte ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run against the Washington reserves to take a 28-24 lead at the end of the first quarter.

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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 Game 8: Late game heroics from Kris Humphries help Wiz drop Magic

For the second straight game since Bradley Beal suffered a left shoulder injury against the Atlanta Hawks a week ago, the Washington Wizards will be without the Florida guard’s services. Instead of Towson product Gary Neal getting the start, defensive minded guard Garrett Temple got the nod to play with the first unit. The Orlando Magic were in a similar predicament as they were without former DeMatha star Victor Oladipo. A back and forth game throughout, Kris Humphries and Garrett Temple were the heros for the Wizards on their way to a 108-99 victory to snap their three game losing streak.

After starting the game with a backcourt violation, the Orlando Magic made their next four field goal attempts while Marcin Gortat missed a couple of chip shots from up close that he would like to have back. This forced Randy Wittman to call timeout just two and a half minutes into the game when down 9-3. The Magic would stretch their lead out to 15-5, but Washington would come roaring back with strong shooting from beyond the arc where they finished 5 of 10 at the end of one. Nene gave Washington a boost off the bench with 2 points, 2 beautiful assists, and 2 rebounds to outscore the Magic bench by 9. Although a John Wall floater at the end of the quarter was eventually waived off for coming a split second after the horn, Washington led 29-27.

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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 6 Review: Fourth quarter spurt by Atlanta dooms Wiz

The Washington Wizards believe they should be considered at the top of the Southeast Division with the Atlanta Hawks. They had their first chance to prove it Saturday, but a fourth-quarter spurt by Atlanta proved the difference and the Wizards fell 114-99 at Phillips Arena.

The Hawks won their seventh consecutive after an opening night loss to Detroit.

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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…]

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…]

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