Washington Wizards News
5-15-15: On Wednesday night the Washington Wizards were back down in Atlanta facing off with the Hawks in a pivotal Game Five matchup. The Hawks came out of the gates playing well and took an early four point lead despite a hot start once again from Bradley Beal of the Wizards. Washington also had John Wall back in the lineup for the contest which boosted the offense to a six point halftime lead. The Wizards defense could not hold the lead though as Atlanta erased the deficit and took a one point lead into the fourth setting up a potentially exciting final 12 minutes. Late into the fourth Paul Pierce hit a go-ahead jump shot that gave the Wizards a lead and was seen in front of the Hawks bench celebrating and saying “series.” Pierce’s celebrations may have been a bit premature though because despite Beal’s 23 point effort the Wizards watched as Al Horford hit a game winning shot for Atlanta as the buzzer sounded giving the Hawks a scrappy 82-81 victory and a 3-2 series lead in the best of seven series.
5-12-15: On Monday night the Wizards looked to take complete control of their series and potentially punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals at home against the Hawks. To clinch the series at home the team would have to win each of their next two contests but first things first and that was getting a win in Game Four. The Hawks came out of the locker room playing like their backs were against the walls taking an early 10 point lead that they brought with them into the fourth quarter. In the fourth Washington staged the comeback that everyone thought they would led by Bradley Beal’s 34 points and seven assists which were aided by Marcin Gortat’s eight rebounds but it was not enough to outlast Jeff Teague and the Hawks. Washington pulled close late but Atlanta was able to hang on for the 106-101 victory to even the series at 2-2.
5-6-15: On Tuesday night the Wizards looked to take a commanding 2-0 series lead before returning home to Washington and looked to extend their playoff winning streak to six straight games this season. Washington came out flat once again managing just 20 points in the first quarter but the team did not fret as they looked for a repeat of Game One of the series where the team got down early and came back late to win in come from behind fashion. Ramon Sessions led the Wizards scoring attack on the night with 21 points with the help of nine rebounds from Marcin Gortat but Washington did not have another comeback in them in an eventual 106-90 loss. The Wizards suffered from an off night all around from John Wall and subsequently allowed the Hawks to even up the best of seven series 1-1 before heading to Washington for Game Three.
5-4-15: On Sunday night the Wizards traveled to Atlanta to take on the #1 overall seeded Atlanta Hawks after quickly sweeping away the Toronto Raptors. The Wizards had a long layoff between series leaving many to wonder if it would have an effect in this first game of the series. Washington did nothing to quell those questions when the team allowed 37 points to the Hawks in the first quarter and trailed by 10 when the team went into the locker room at halftime. The Wizards must have had a pretty good halftime speech from their coach because Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat and John Wall proceeded to take over the contest in the third quarter. In the second half the Wizards defense held the Hawks to just 35 points while Beal led all scorers in the contest with 28 points in an eventual 104-98 road victory for the Wizards. Washington has stolen home court advantage away from Atlanta and leads the best of seven series 1-0 behind Wall’s 13 assists and 12 rebounds from Gortat.
4-27-15: The Washington Wizards were unable to clinch home court advantage through the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs despite posting a 46-36 record in the regular season. The Wizards clinched the #5 seed this season after finishing second in their division and will travel to Toronto to take on the #4 seeded Toronto Raptors who went 49-33 this season. These two teams played three times during the regular season and Toronto won all three matchups which is not a great sign of things to come for Washington this series. Game One was played on Saturday afternoon in Toronto as each team took their first steps towards an NBA Championship. Four quarters could not decide a winner in the opening game of the NBA playoffs as these two teams had to go into overtime. The Wizards thought they had the game well in hand when they took a four point lead with them into halftime and a nine point lead with them into the final quarter but the Raptors would not go down without a fight. Toronto’s defense dug a little deeper and their offense took good shots and was able to force the extra five minute period. The Raptors may have run themselves out of the game though physically with their fourth quarter surge as the team fell apart in the fourth and ultimately fell to the Wizards by the final score of 93-86 in overtime. Washington leads the best of seven series 1-0. Tuesday night the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors played the second game of their best of seven series with Toronto acting as the home team. The Washington Wizards stole home court advantage away from the Toronto Raptors when they won Game One of the series and now stole control of the series on Tuesday night back on the road in Toronto. The Wizards trailed the home team after one quarter of play but exploded in the second and third quarters combining for 71 points. Toronto was held to just 18 points in the second quarter and took an 11 point deficit with them into halftime. Despite DeMar DeRozan scoring 20 points and dishing out seven assists the Raptors fell to the Wizards for the second straight time at home to go down in the best of seven series 2-0. Get your tickets for next week as the team looks to finish off the Raptors at home in Washington and enter the second round of the NBA playoffs.
4-4-15: The Washington Wizards are one step closer to the Eastern Conference playoffs after another strong week last week in the NBA. With another strong week last week the team found themselves with a 40-32 record that left them with the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs if the season ended today. If the playoffs started today the team would face off against the #4 seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round. The Wizards started this week by staying at home in Washington to play host to Mo Williams and the Charlotte Hornets. During the contest four quarters and an overtime period could not decide a winner as these two teams went into a double overtime. The Wizards had to stage a fourth quarter comeback led by 32 points from John Wall to even force the overtime before Bradley Beal and his 16 point contribution led the team to a 110-107 victory over Charlotte. The Hornets scoring attack was led by Al Jefferson who had 31 points while Mo Williams added 26 points but it was not enough in the loss for Charlotte. For the Wizards next contest the team made the trip back home to Washington to play host to James Harden and the Houston Rockets. During the game the Wizards team seemingly ditched playing defense in the first half allowing the Rockets to score 59 points which led the team to a 99-91 victory over Washington. The leading scorer in the contest was John Wall who had 25 points and 12 assists for the Wizards while Marcin Gortat grabbed 10 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Rockets was led by James Harden who had 24 points and six assists while Josh Smith grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory for Houston. For the Wizards next contest the team stayed at home in Washington to play host to Robert Covington and the Philadelphia 76ers. During the game the Wizards offense put up 65 points in the first half and 93 points in the first three quarters in an eventual 106-93 victory over Philadelphia. The leading scorer in the contest was Marcin Gortat who had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Washington with the help of 15 assists from John Wall in the victory. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the 76ers was led by 23 points from Smith while Nerlens Noel added 10 rebounds in the loss for Philadelphia. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 42-33. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays host to the New York Knicks before finishing the week out on the road facing off against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Philadelphia 76ers.
3-31-15: The Washington Wizards have been one of the best teams inside the Eastern Conference this season posting a 40-28 record. If the season ended today the Wizards would secure the #5 seed in the East and would face off with the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. The Wizards started this week by making the trip out to the Staples Center to face off with Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. During the game the Clippers jumped out to a huge first quarter lead and rode that momentum all the way to a rout of the Wizards by the final score of 113-99. The leading scorer in the contest was Chris Paul who had 30 points and 15 assists for Los Angeles while JJ Redick added 26 points in the victory for the Clippers. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Wizards was led by 19 points from John Wall while Bradley Beal added 18 points but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. For the Wizards next contest the team made the trip out to Sacramento to face off with Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings. During the game the Wizards were held to just 57 points in the final three quarters after a strong first quarter and eventually fell to Sacramento by the final score of 109-86. The leading scorer in the contest was Rudy Gay who had 29 points while DeMarcus Cousins grabbed seven rebounds in the victory for the Kings. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Wizards was led by Bradley Beal who had 19 points and John Wall who had eight assists but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. The Wizards were back out on the court the very next night in Golden State when the team faced off with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. During the game the Warriors completely picked apart the Wizards both offensively and defensively in a 107-76 rout for Golden State. The Warriors held the Wizards to just eight points in the third quarter and their leading scorer, Bradley Beal, to just 12 points on the night in the loss for Washington. Meanwhile Stephen Curry led the way for Golden State with 24 points and six assists while Andrew Bogut added 12 rebounds in the victory for the Warriors. For the Wizards next contest the team stayed at home in Washington to play host to George Hill and the Indiana Pacers. During the game the Pacers were able to overcome an early first half deficit with an explosive fourth quarter that propelled the team to a 103-101 victory over Washington. The leading scorer in the contest was John Wall who had 34 points and six assists for Washington while Marcin Gortat added seven rebounds in the loss for the Wizards. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pacers was led by 29 points and nine rebounds while David West grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory for Indiana. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 40-32. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home all week in Charlotte to play host to the Charlotte Hornets, the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers.
3-24-15: The Washington Wizards have their eyes on a playoff spot after another strong week last week. With that strong week and a strong second half the Wizards are racing towards the playoffs with a 37-28 record. The Wizards started this week by staying at home in Washington to play host to DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Wizards scored no less than 21 points in a quarter and held Sacramento to 12 points in the fourth quarter in an eventual 113-97 victory for Washington. The leading scorer in the contest was John Wall who had 31 points and 12 assists for Washington while Paul Pierce added 17 points in the victory for the Wizards. Meanwhile DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points for Sacramento while Derrick Williams added 15 points in the victory for the Kings. For the Wizards next contest the team made the trip back home to play host to LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers. During the game the Wizards defense was able to hold down a good Portland offense holding them to just 40 points in the first half in an eventual 105-97 victory for Washington. The leading scorer in the contest was LaMarcus Aldridge who had 24 points for the Trail Blazers while Batum pulled down 15 rebounds in the loss for Portland. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Wizards was led by 23 points from Bradley Beal with the help of 11 John Wall assists in the victory for Washington. For the Wizards next contest the team made the trip out to Utah to face off with Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz. During the game neither team shot especially well from the field but the Wizards shot just a little better in an ugly 88-84 victory over Utah. The leading scorer in the contest was Gordon Hayward who had 26 points for Utah while Gobert grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss for the Jazz. Meanwhile the leading scorer for the Wizards was John Wall who had 24 points and six assist while Marcin Gortat added nine rebounds in the victory for Washington. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 40-28. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a trio of road games against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors before returning home to Washington to play host to the Indiana Pacers.
3-3-15: The Washington Wizards come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week with one of the best records in the NBA this season sporting a 33-21 record. The Wizards started this week by staying home inside Washington to play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest the Cavaliers shot 51% from the field as a team and took advantage of a big night from LeBron James to take down the Wizards by the final score of 127-89. James led all scorers in the contest with 28 points while Kyrie Irving added 25 points in the victory for the Cavaliers. Meanwhile the Wizards scoring attack was led by 18 points each from Nene and John Wall but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. For the Wizards next contest the team made the trip out to Detroit to take on the Detroit Pistons. During the game the Pistons were able to hold the Wizards to just 37 points in the second half en route to a 106-89 victory for Detroit. The Pistons scoring attack was led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who finished with 26 points while Andre Drummond added 16 points in the victory for Detroit. Meanwhile the Wizards offensive attack was run through Marcin Gortat for much of the night as he finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds aided by John Wall’s 12 assists but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. For the Wizards next contest the team made the trip back home to Washington to play host to the Golden State Warriors. During the game Golden State got back to their high scoring ways and erased their tough loss earlier in the week with an impressive 114-107 victory over the Wizards. Stephen Curry had his best game of the second half of the NBA season in this contest scoring 32 points and dishing eight assists while Lee grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory for Golden State. Meanwhile Paul Pierce led the Wizards scoring attack by dropping 25 points with help from 11 John Wall assists but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. The Wizards were back out on the court the very next night in Minnesota hoping for better results when the team faced off with the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the game Washington was held to just 77 points on the night which was not nearly enough in a 97-77 loss to Minnesota. The Timberwolves welcomes back Kevin Garnett to the team where his career started and in his first game he posted five points and eight rebounds while Kevin Martin added 28 points and Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points in the victory for Minnesota. Meanwhile the Wizards scoring attack was led by 13 points from Otto Porter while Nene added 12 points but it was not nearly enough in the loss for Washington. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 33-25. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia 76ers before returning home to Washington to play host to the Detroit Pistons. The team will then finish their week off back out on the road in Chicago when the team faces off with the Chicago Bulls.
2-20-15: The Washington Wizards had another great week last week and head into NBA All Star Weekend posting
one of the best records in the NBA this season with a 33-21 record. The Wizards started this week by
watching the NBA All Star weekend and All Star Saturday Night festivities. John Wall was invited to the
All Star Game and the Taco Bell Skills Competition but opted not to participate. The next night NBA All
Star Weekend culminated with the playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game pit
the best of the Eastern Conference against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense
was thrown out the window in lieu of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the
offensive department as these two teams combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison
Square Garden. Leading the way for the Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points
winning the MVP Award while James Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the
hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the
way with 30 points. It was not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference
once again showed its dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All
Star Game. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 33-21. Get
your tickets for next week as the team plays host to the Cleveland Cavaliers before traveling to Detroit
to take on the Detroit Pistons. The Wizards will then go back home to Washington to play host to the
Golden State Warriors before finishing the week off back out on the road in Minnesota facing off with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
2-9-15: The Washington Wizards came into the week after another strong week that left the team atop the Eastern Conference with a 31-16 record. The Wizards started this week by staying at home in the
nation’s Capital to play host to the Toronto Raptors. During the contest the Raptors won their second
overtime game in as many nights behind a near triple-double from DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan scored 15
points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 7 assists while Kyle Lowry led Toronto in scoring with 23
points leading the Raptors to victory. The Wizards offensive attack was led by 28 points from John Wall
while Bradley Beal added 26 points but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. For the Wizards
next contest the team stayed home in Washington to play host to the Charlotte Hornets. During the
contest the Hornets were able to take advantage of an off night of shooting from John Wall to take
down the Wizards by the final score of 92-88. Bradley Beal, not Wall, led the Wizards in scoring on the
night with 18 points and 11 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. Meanwhile the
Charlotte attack was led by 18 points from Al Jefferson and 13 rebounds from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in
the victory for the Hornets. For the Wizards next contest the team made the trip to Atlanta to take on a
Hawks team that has won 19 of their last 20 games. During the game Atlanta got back to their winning
ways defeating John Wall and the Wizards by the final score of 105-96. Wall had 24 points and nine
assists in the contest while Marcin Gortat added nine rebounds in the loss for Washington. Meanwhile
Jeff Teague added 26 points and eight assists for Atlanta while Al Horford pulled down 13 rebounds in
the victory for the Hawks. The Wizards were back out on the court the very next night in Charlotte to
finish their week off facing off with the Charlotte Hornets. During the game Charlotte won their final
game of the week behind a big night from Al Jefferson and Gerald Henderson. Henderson led all scorers
in the game for the Hornets with 27 points while Jefferson pulled down 10 rebounds in a 94-87 victory
over Washington. The Wizards offensive attack was led by 19 points from Paul Pierce and 13 assists
from John Wall but it was not enough in the loss to Charlotte. When the week was all said and done the
team finished with an overall record of 31-20. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic before traveling to Toronto to take on the Toronto Raptors.
1-29-15: The Washington Wizards came into the new week after another strong week that left the team with a 27-12 record, one of the best records in all of the Eastern Conference. The Wizards started this week by
staying home in Washington to play host to Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Brooklyn
Nets. During the contest the Nets completely dismantled the Washington Wizards on both sides of the
court. Brooklyn went on to beat the Wizards by the final score of 102-80 behind 26 points each from
Brook Lopez and Jarrett Jack. The Wizards were led by 13 points from John Wall and 12 points from Kris
Humphries but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. The Wizards were back out on the court
the very next night in Brooklyn when the team was playing the Brooklyn Nets in a road contest. During
the contest the Wizards prevented a sweep at the hands of the Nets with 52% shooting from the field as
a team in a 99-90 victory for Washington. The Wizards attack was led by 20 points from Nene while
Marcin Gortat scored 10 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the victory for the Wizards. Meanwhile
Brooklyn was led by 22 points from Jarrett Jack but it was not enough in the loss for the Nets. For the
Wizards next contest the team stayed home in Washington to play host to Michael Carter-Williams and
the rest of the Philadelphia 76ers. During the contest the Sixers never had a chance as the Washington
Wizards completely dominated Philadelphia on both sides of the basketball. The 76ers managed just
33% shooting from the field as a team while Henry Sims led the team in scoring with just 13 points.
Meanwhile the Wizards enjoyed seven players that scored in double figures in the 111-76 victory for the
Wizards over the 76ers. For the Wizards next contest the team stayed home in Washington to play host
to Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest four
quarters could not decide it between the Thunder and the Wizards and the team needed an overtime
period to decide a winner. Washington held a 12 point lead at halftime over Kevin Durant and the
Thunder before Oklahoma City trimmed the lead to four entering the fourth quarter. John Wall did his
best to hold off the Thunder’s attack but Russell Westbrook and company was too much in the fourth
and eventually tied it up. In the overtime defense was scrapped and the game quickly became a
shootout, a shootout that Oklahoma City would eventually win in a 105-103 victory over Paul Pierce and
the Wizards. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 29-14.
Get your tickets for next week as the team spends the week out on the road facing off against the
Portland Trail Blazers, the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns.
1-12-15: The Washington Wizards came into the week with one of the best records in all of the Eastern Conference after posting a 22-9 record. The Wizards started this week by traveling to Oklahoma City to take on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the game the Thunder used 34 points from Kevin Durant and 53% shooting as a team in a 109-102 victory over the Wizards. Washington’s attack was led by 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists from Bradley Beal but it was not enough as Oklahoma City’s offensive attack was too much for the Wizards. Washington was back on the court the very next night in San Antonio taking on the San Antonio Spurs. During the game the home team used 55% shooting as a team and 19 points from Cory Joseph to take down the Wizards by the final score of 101-92. The Washington attack was led by 15 points each from Bradley Beal and John Wall but it was not enough in the loss to the Spurs. The Wizards faced a tough home team in their next contest when the team traveled to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest John Wall scored 15 points and dished out 12 assists for the Wizards while he and his Washington teammates played tough defense against the Pelicans. New Orleans scored no more than 23 points in a quarter despite 21 points and 10 rebounds from Anthony Davis as the Pelicans fell to the Wizards by the final score of 92-85. The Wizards stayed home inside Washington for their next contest when the team played host to the NBA’s worst record in the New York Knicks. During the contest the Knicks once again struggled as a team to score points and once again lost the contest by the final score of 101-91. Jose Calderon led the Knicks with 19 points while Tim Hardaway Jr. dished out three assists in the loss. Nene led all scorers in the game for Washington with 20 points en route to the victory for the Wizards. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 24-11. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Chicago Bulls before traveling to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Hawks. The team will then return home to host the San Antonio Spurs before finishing the week on the road in Chicago taking on the Chicago Bulls.
1-2-15: The Washington Wizards have one of the best records in the Eastern Conference this season after posting a 19-8 record to start the 2014/2015 season. The Wizards started this week by staying home in Washington to play host to their Eastern Conference foes in the Boston Celtics. During the contest the Washington Wizards did everything you have to do to win a basketball game. Washington grabbed 12 more rebounds and dished 10 more assists while shooting 50% from the field as a team. Boston kept it close by drawing nine more fouls and getting 14 more attempts on the free throw line while Jeff Green scored 23 points. It was not enough as the Wizards and Kris Humphries 18 point night went on to beat the Celtics by the score of 101-88. The Wizards looked to start a winning streak in their next contest when the team traveled to Houston to take on the Houston Rockets. During the contest the Washington Wizards used the free throw line to narrowly propel their team to victory over James Harden and the Rockets. Harden scored 33 points for Houston but as a team the Rockets sent Washington to the line 28 times where the Wizards knocked down 26 shot attempts. The Wizards attack was led by 33 points from Bradley Beal who knocked down all 10 of his attempts from the charity stripe in a narrow 104-103 victory over Houston. The Wizards searched for another victory during their next contest when the team traveled to Dallas to take on Monta Ellis and the Dallas Mavericks. During the contest the Mavericks took an early lead and used it and 52% shooting as a team to propel the team to victory. Monta Ellis led all scorers in the contest for Dallas with 20 points while Dirk Nowitzki posted 13 points in a 114-87 romping of the Wizards. Washington’s attack was led by John Wall’s 11 points but it was not enough in the loss to the Mavericks on the night. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 22-9. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays three road contests against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans before returning home to finish their week off against the New York Knicks.
12-22-14: The Washington Wizards have started the 2014/2015 campaign with one of the best records in the Eastern Conference posting a very impressive 15-6 record. The Wizards started this week by traveling home to Washington to play host to the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Wizards played strong defense against the Clippers holding their best scorers down all night long. Chris Paul managed just 19 points to lead the team while Blake Griffin only added 14. Meanwhile Washington’s offensive attack was led by 29 points from Bradley Beal as Washington went on to beat the Clippers by the score of 104-96. Washington looked to keep up their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled home to play host to the Utah Jazz. During the contest the Wizards held the Jazz to just 39% from the field and used a big third quarter to propel their team to victory. Washington’s attack was led by Bradley Beal’s 22 points while the Wizards held Utah’s leading scorer Alec Burks to just 19 points. Utah kept the contest close by knocking down12 more free throws then Washington but it was not enough as the Wizards went on to beat the Jazz by the score of 93-84. The Wizards looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team played host to the Minnesota Timberwolves at home in Washington. During the contest the Wizards held the Wolves to just 44% shooting while Washington had the hot hand on the night shooting an even 50% from the field. Washington also used seven extra free throws and 23 points from Rasual Butler to distance them from Minnesota. The Timberwolves watched Thaddeus Young lead all scorers in the contest with 29 points but it was not enough in a 109-95 victory for the Wizards. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 18-6. Next week, the team travels to Miami to take on the Miami Heat before coming home to Washington to take on the Phoenix Suns and the Chicago Bulls. The Wizards will finish their week off back on the road in Madison Square Garden taking on the New York Knicks on Christmas Day.
12-15-14: The Washington Wizards have started the 2014/2015 season with one of the best records in all of the Eastern Conference posting a very impressive 12-5 record to start the campaign. The Wizards started this week by traveling home to Washington to play host to the Denver Nuggets. During the contest Denver could not buy a shot as the team finished shooting just 38% from the field. The Nuggets came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter scoring 28 points but it was all downhill from there despite 20 points from Wilson Chandler. The Wizards on the other hand shot 53% from the field and outscored the Nuggets in each of the four quarters in the contest. Washington’s offensive attack was led by 20 points from Kris Humphries in a 119-89 victory over Denver. Washington looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled to Boston to take on the Boston Celtics. During the contest Boston held Washington to just 37% shooting from the field behind strong defense from Rajon Rondo and company. The Celtics defense held Washington to just 15 points in the first quarter making for a deficit the team could not make up. Washington would fall to Boston despite 22 points from Rasual Butler as the Celtics beat the Wizards by the score of 101-93. During the next contest for these two teams they would face each other once again but this time with Washington as the host. During the contest these two teams quickly learned that this would be a shootout and a game that would be determined by the team that had the ball last. Washington pulled ahead with a huge second quarter but Boston made up the deficit and then some in the fourth as the Celtics late charged forced overtime. Both teams managed 11 points in the overtime forcing a second overtime as Jeff Green of the Celtics and Paul Piece of the Wizards traded shot for shot. In the end the Wizards came out on top in double overtime as Washington took down Boston by the score of 133-132. The Wizards finished their week off on the road when the team faced off with the Orlando Magic. During the contest the Wizards shot above 50% on the night while holding the Magic to just 45% shooting from the field. The Magic star player Tobias Harris was held to just 15 points in the contest while Washington’s John Wall led all scorers with 21 points in a 91-89 victory for the Wizards. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 15-6.
12-5-14: The Washington Wizards have been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference in the first five weeks of the 2014/2015 campaign as the team has started the season posting an impressive 9-5 record. The Wizards started this week by playing host to the New Orleans Pelicans at home in Washington. During the contest New Orleans hit a cold streak at just the wrong time as the team finished the first half of the game with just 36 points. As a whole the team shot just 37% from the field and 35% from the three point line as the team never scored than 23 points in a quarter all night long. Washington on the other hand managed 46% shooting from the field and 42% shooting from beyond the arc in a relatively low scoring game. Marcin Gortart led the Wizards with 24 points as Washington went on to beat the Pelicans by the score of 83-80. The Wizards looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest back at home in Washington as the team played host to the Miami Heat. During the contest the duo of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh carried much of the load offensively but had little help from their supporting cast in Miami. Mario Chalmers was the only other Heat player to score in double figures in the contest scoring 11 points while the Wizards out-shot Miami from the field and from beyond the arc. Washington was led by Rasual Butler’s 23 points as the Wizards went on to beat the Heat by the score of 107-86. The Wizards finished their week off back at home in Washington when the team played host to the Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest the Wizards took full advantage of a slow shooting night from the Lakers and specifically Kobe Bryant. Washington held Los Angeles to just 39% shooting and Bryant to just 8-22 shooting although the Lakers star did score 29 points. Washington on the other hand shot 48% from the field while Bradley Beal scored 27 points in a 111-95 victory over the Lakers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 12-5. Next week, the team heads home to host the Denver Nuggets before setting out on the road to face off with the Boston Celtics. The next night the Celtics and the Wizards will be at it again but this time in Washington before the Wizards finish their week in Orlando taking on the Orlando Magic.
11-28-14: The Washington Wizards have been one of the better teams to start the new 2014/2015 season as the team has started their new campaign posting a 7-3 record. The Wizards started this week by traveling back home to host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Washington. In the contest the Wizards were led by 28 points 6 rebounds and 7 assists from John Wall as the team as a whole shot 49% from the field in the game. Meanwhile Cleveland had a horrible night shooting as a team as evident by their 36% shooting percentage from the field and 22% percentage from beyond the arc. The Cavaliers leading scorer was both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving who each had 22 points but it was not enough as Cleveland fell to Washington by the score of 91-78. The very next night the Wizards were back in action again but this time in Milwaukee taking on the Milwaukee Bucks on the road. In the game the Wizards offensive attack was led by Paul Pierce as the veteran had a 25 points and 10 rebound double-double as Marcin Gortat also added a double-double of his own for Washington. The Bucks countered with 27 points from Brandon Knight and 43% team shooting but it was not enough. Milwaukee ended up losing the contest to the Wizards by the final score of 111-100. The Wizards looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest as the team played host to the Atlanta Hawks at home. In the contest the Hawks were led by 28 points from Jeff Teague while Paul Millsap added a double-double in a game in which Atlanta shot just 42% from the field. The difference in the contest came on the free throw line as Atlanta knocked down six more free throws than the Wizards as the Hawks went on to beat Washington by the score of 106-102. Washington was led by 21 points and 13 rebounds in the contest but it was not enough in the loss to Atlanta. Washington was in Cleveland the night before Thanksgiving playing their final game of the week against the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest LeBron James led all scorers with 29 points and 11 assists while Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving combined for 24 points. Anderson Varejoa added 14 points while the Cavaliers went on to beat the Wizards by the score of 106-74. The Wizards offensive attack was led by 22 points from Victor Oladipo but it was not enough as the team shot just 36% from the field in the loss. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-5.
11-21-14: The Washington Wizards had a strong start in the first two weeks of the 2014/2015 season posting an impressive 6-2 start to the campaign. The Wizards started this week by hosting the Orlando Magic at
home in an Eastern Conference game. In the game a pair of Washington players had 16 points each to
lead the Wizards while four others scored in double digits in the contest. The Magic were led by 19
points from Tobias Harris but it was not enough as the Wizards winning ways continues in a 98-93
victory over the Magic. The Wizards finished their week off back in Washington when the team
welcomed the Dallas Mavericks to town for a game. In the contest the Wizards had four players that
scored in double figured on the night including John Wall’s 11 point and 11 rebound double-double but
it was not enough to stop the Mavericks on this night. Dallas was led by 34 points from Monta Ellis in the
contest while the Mavericks went on to narrowly beat the Wizards by the score of 105-102. When the
week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-3.
Next week, the team hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers before heading out on the road to face the
Milwaukee Bucks. Washington will then travel back home to host the Atlanta Hawks before finishing
their week on the road facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
11-14-14: The Washington Wizards had a great start to their 2014/2015 season when the team posted a 4-1 record to start their campaign. The Wizards started this week by hosting the red hot Toronto Raptors at home. In the game the Toronto defense held Washington to just 36% shooting from the field and 16% shooting from beyond the arc in a well-played game for the Raptors. If it were not for 32 trips to the free throw line for the Wizards this game may have gotten out of hand for Washington as Toronto went on to win the game by the score of 103-84. Toronto’s offensive attack was led by 25 points from DeMar DeRozan and 18 points from Terrence Ross in the Raptors victory. The next night the Wizards found themselves in Indiana taking on the Indiana Pacers in their second straight road game. In the contest Indiana’s scoring attack was led by 28 points from Soloman Hill who led all scorers. Washington was led by 18 points from John Wall in a total team effort as five Wizards players scored in double figures in the contest to take down the Pacers by the score of 97-90. Washington finished their week off by hosting the Detroit Pistons at home to close out the week. In the contest Brandon Jennings led all scorers in the contest with 32 points but received little help from Josh Smith, Caron Butler and the rest of his supporting cast in a 107-103 loss to the Wizards. Washington was led by John Wall’s 27 points while four other Wizards scored in double digits in the victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 6-2.
11-7-14: The Washington Wizards started their 2014/2015 season off last week by playing a pair of road games
against the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic. The Heat was too much for Washington but the Wizards
did get the best of Orlando as the team started their season with a 1-1 record. With the 2014/2015
season entering its first full week the Wizards headed home for their home opener as they welcomed
the Milwaukee Bucks in the contest. Nene led all Washington scorers with 22 points in the contest while
Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter chipped in double digit scoring nights for the Wizards. The Bucks scoring
attack was led by Brandon Knight’s 24 points but it was not enough as the Bucks ultimately fell to the
Wizards by the score of 108-97. With a two game winning streak in their pockets the Wizards traveled to
Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks on the road. New York’s Carmelo Anthony
scored 19 points while Iman Shumpert added 18 points as the only two Knicks to score in double digits
in the game. Washington on the other hand had six players in double figures including 17 points each
from Paul Pierce and Garrett Temple in a 98-83 victory for the Wizards. Washington finished their week
off by traveling home to hose the Indiana Pacers. In the contest Donald Sloan led the Pacers attack with
31 points but the Wizards John Wall matched him with his own 31 point outburst as this game went
down to the wire. Washington had a better supporting cast on the night with three other scorers in
double figures while Indiana only had two other players who scored in double digits. In the end the
Pacers fell to the Wizards in this contest by the score of 96-94. When the week was all said and done the
team finished with an overall record of 1-4.
10-31-14: The Washington Wizards tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Miami Heat on the road after posting a 4-4 preseason record including three straight losses. The Wizards are facing an uphill battle for the 2014/2015 season as the team lost Trevor Ariza in free agency this summer and lost Bradley Beal to injury. The team did sign Paul Pierce to a free agent contract to help replace the production but Washington will ultimately hope that Otto Porter can grow as a player and contribute this season. Porter, Pierce, and the rest of the Wizards traveled to Miami to play the Heat to tip off the season but couldn’t start the campaign on the right foot as Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and Norris Cole were too much for the Wizards in the 105-98 victory for Miami. John Wall led the way in the Wizards next game against the Orlando Magic as Washington went on to win their first game of the season by the score of 105-98.
10-29-14: The Wizards made plenty of noise in the offseason after acquiring Paul Pierce from the Nets and resigning Marcin Gortat long-term. Fronted by the youth of John Wall and Bradley Beal, the excitement surrounding the Wizards has allowed ticket prices to increase considerably since last season. The average price for tickets this season is $108.27 on the secondary market, up 67.8% from last season’s average of $64.52. The Wizards will play their most expensive game against the Heat on April 14. The average secondary price for that game is currently $175.16 and get-in price starts at $37.
10-24-14: Perhaps the biggest offseason move for the Washington Wizards was acquiring Paul Pierce from the Brooklyn Nets. The 37-year-old Pierce is a proven postseason contender and his wisdom will undoubtedly rub off on a young Wizards team. The Wizards have gone 4-4 over the preseason and finished with a 44-38 record last season.
10-15-14: The Washington Wizards have played through half of their preseason schedule, opening their preseason with a 85-81 win over the Chicago Bulls on Oct 6, followed by a victory over New Orleans, a loss to Charlotte, and a tight 91-89 win over the Detroit Pistons in their last outing on Oct 12. Next on the Washington Wizards preseason schedule is a matchup with Maccabi Hafia tonight at the Verizon Center, followed by three more preseason games with Charlotte, New Orleans, and New York before opening their regular season on the road against the Miami Heat on Oct 29.
10-8-14: The Washington Wizards recorded a win in their first preseason game over the Chicago Bulls this past Monday as the Wizards will take on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight at the Veterans Memorial Arena, followed by an October 10th meeting with the Charlotte Hornets, an October 12th matchup with the Detroit Pistons at the Verizon Center, and remaining preseason games against the Maccabi Haifa, Hornets, Pelicans, and Knicks to finish out their preseason schedule. Washington had a successful campaign last season as they look to improve on their success last season.
9-22-14: The Wizards finally made the jump last year and made the playoffs for the first time since the days of Gilbert Arenas. With John Wall making the all-star team, Bradley Beal making huge strides in his sophomore year, and Marcin Gortat manning paint, the Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls in the first round before falling to the Indiana Pacers in the semi-finals. This year the team looks to utilize their new veteran leadership and youth at small forward in Paul Pierce and Otto Porter jr, the latter having a breakout summer league performance. Along with new additions Kris Humphries and Dejuan Blair the Wizards have the potential to win the southeast division.
8-13-14: The Washington Wizards this offseason showed that they are looking to be a threat to win the crown in the Eastern Conference. While they didn’t make a big splash in this year’s free agency they did make a lot of acquisitions and added depth that will only make this team better. Washington was able to acquire veteran player Paul Pierce for a 2 year deal worth over 10 million, while also adding rebounding specialist Kris Humphries through a sign and trade with the Boston Celtics and retaining the services of veteran point guard Andre Miller and forward Drew Gooden on a one year deal that will help the lack of depth the Wizards had on their bench last season. The Wizards also added Dejuan Blair in a sign and trade with the Mavericks.
5-12-14: The Wizards had almost a week to rest between games after finishing their first-round series on Tuesday, April 29. They traveled to Indiana for Game 1 of the second round. The Pacers’ lack of rest was evident in that contest as the Wizards had a strong start to Monday’s game. Although Washington did not have a good history against the Pacers, the Wizards beat them by six points behind a game-high 25 points from Bradley Beal. Washington contained Roy Hibbert in Game 1, but he exploded for a season-high 28 points in the following contest as the Pacers tied the series with an 86-82 victory.
5-5-14: The Wizards are moving onto the second round for just the second time in the last 30 years. Although they dropped their first home game of the 2014 postseason with the 100-97 Game 3 loss, Washington bounced back with two victories to win the series. Nene Hilario was ejected in the fourth quarter of Game 3 after a scuffle with Jimmy Butler, but that was the only game that the Wizards lost all series. Nene was suspended for Game 4, but Trevor Ariza made up for his absence with a team-high 30 points, the most points he has ever scored in a playoff game. Nene returned in Game 5 in Chicago to help the Wizards close out the series.
4-28-14: The big men helped the Wizards to victory in Game 1. Nene Hilario’s game-high 24 points along with Marcin Gortat’s 15 points and game-high 13 rebounds were the main reasons for Washington’s comeback win. Nene shot very well from outside the paint while Gortat was making an impact in the restricted area. Then, on Tuesday, the Wizards made another comeback. After a strong first quarter, Washington struggled in the second and third quarters of Game 2. However, the Wizards finished regulation on a 14-4 run to force overtime, and they then won, 101-99. Randy Wittman’s squad takes a 2-0 lead back to Washington.
4-21-14: The Wizards are finally back in the playoffs, and they are looking for their first postseason series victory since 2005. That series was the last time Washington took on Chicago in the playoffs. The Wizards took two-thirds of the games in that series, and they did the same thing in the 2013-14 regular-season series. Washington will look to continue its late-season success in the playoffs. The Wizards finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak with Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat leading the way. Beal’s team-high 84 points and Gortat’s team-high 42 rebounds over their final four contests helped them get those victories.
4-16-14: Washington Wizards playoff tickets average $138 on the secondary market, which is 8th in the eastern conference and 15th overall. The regular season average was $65, meaning there is a 111% premium on Wizards playoff tickets. The Wizards are currently the 6th seed in the conference and are set to face the Raptors in the opening round.
4-7-14:The Wizards had yet another strong week as they finished with a 3-1 record. John Wall led the way in the back-to-back set. Washington closed out its homestand with the two victories, and Wall led all players in each contest in points and assists. On Friday, his 20 points and eight assists led the Wizards to the 91-78 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Then, on Saturday, he put up 25 points and six assists as his team beat the Atlanta Hawks by four points. Although the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Wizards on Monday, Washington returned home two days later to clinch its first playoff berth since 2008.
4-1-14: The Wizards had a difficult week against Western Conference opponents. They began it on a good note as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by double digits behind John Wall’s game-highs in points and assists. Unfortunately, Drew Gooden was fined $15,000 for a flagrant foul in that contest. The news got worse for Wizards fans as Washington dropped its next two contests. Bradley Beal led all scorers at Denver on Sunday with 21 points, but the Wizards fell to the Nuggets, 105-102. Then on Wednesday, Wall put up a game-high 29 points, but that was also not enough. The Suns were victorious, 99-93.
3-24-14: The Wizards are succeeding in trying to stay out of the bottom two spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs. On Friday, Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 21 points in Washington’s 105-101 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic. Then, John Wall had a strong game the next night. His 33 points led the way as the Wizards defeated the Brooklyn Nets by seven points. After those two wins, Washington started a four-game road trip. The Wizards went to Sacramento and Portland and lost both games. Before Thursday’s contest against the Trail Blazers, Marcin Gortat injured himself during pregame warmups. He missed that game, and the Wizards fell by 13 points.
3-17-14: The Wizards did not have a strong week against their opponents from the Eastern Conference. Although they beat the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, the Wizards fell to both the Miami Heat and Charlotte Bobcats. In the contest against the Bucks, Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 28 points on just 12 shot attempts as Washington won, 114-107. Then on Monday, Marcin Gortat put up 14 points and a game-high 18 rebounds, but it was not enough to defeat the Heat. On Wednesday, the Wizards hosted the Bobcats, and Al Jefferson was too much for Washington to handle as Charlotte won, 98-85.
3-10-14: The Wizards continued to show promise as they cruised through their stretch against the Eastern Conference. They completed the four-game sweep against opponents from their own conference with a 122-103 win on Saturday at Philadelphia. Trevor Ariza and his career-high 40 points spoiled the 76ers’ Allen Iverson retirement ceremony that night. On Monday, the NBA named John Wall the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but the Wizards could not keep the winning streak going. They lost by six points to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. However, they bounced back to defeat the Utah Jazz by 13 points on Wednesday.
3-4-14: Despite a late run that included a 40 point 4th quarter, the Wizards fell to the Grizzlies 110-104 last night. Each member of the Wiz's starting lineup scored in double digits, but the bench contributed just 14 points. Tayshaun Prince and Mike Conley led the way for Memphis with 21 and 20 points respectively.
3-3-14: After a 6 year drought, the Wizards are pretty much guaranteed a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference. Opening round tickets at the Verizon Center currently average $192 on the secondary market. The regular season finale vs the Miami Heat is the Wizards most expensive remaining regular season game, averaging $191 per ticket.
3-2-14: The Wizards are really looking good right now. With their 4-0 record this past week, they are making a good case for the third spot in the Eastern Conference. On Saturday, Nene Hilario had a last-second game-winning dunk as Washington defeated the visiting New Orleans Pelicans, 94-93. Then, the following night, the Wizards went into Cleveland and beat the Cavaliers by 13 points. Unfortunately, Nene hurt his knee and is expected to be out four to six weeks. Even without one of their most important players, the Wizards continued to play well. They beat both the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors to move to 30-28.
2-28-14: It took 3 overtimes, but the Wizards finally overcame the Toronto Raptors 134-129 last night at the Air Canada Centre. John Wall and Marcin Gortat lead the way for Washington, with 31 points in 49 and 50 minutes respectively. Bradley Beal added a double-double. Demar DeRozan led the Raptors with 34 points in 57 minutes of floor time.
2-27-14: With the injury to Nene expected to keep him out 6 week, the Wizards have signed veteran Drew Gooden to a 10-day contract. Gooden will be available for tonight's game against the Raptors. The 11 year veteran last played for the Milwaukee Bucks before being amnestied. This will be his 10th NBA team.
2-26-14: After suffering a knee injury in Sunday night's victory at Cleveland, Nene will miss 6 weeks with a sprained MCL. The Wizards will look to Al Harrington and Kevin Seraphin to fill the void during Nene's recovery. There have also been internal discussions of offering veteran Drew Gooden a 10-day contract.
2-25-14: Thanks to a 3 game win streak, the Wizards are back to .500. Currently in the 5th seed, the Wizards are hoping to reach their first playoff berth in the John Wall-era. Thanks to struggles from the teams on the outside looking in (such as the Knicks, Pistons, and Cavs), a playoff run is an extremely likely scenario.
2-24-14: In the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Bradley Beal filled the stat sheet as he put up 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Then on Saturday, Beal shot very well again, but this time, it was in the 3-Point Shootout. He had the best first-round score and forced a tiebreaker with Marco Belinelli in the final round, but the Wizard fell just short. John Wall picked up the slack by winning the dunk contest. He dunked over Washington mascot G-Man to get the victory. Wall also added 12 points off the bench in the All-Star game the next night. The Washington backcourt received just one day of rest before the Wizards played a back-to-back set. They lost to the Toronto Raptors by 10 points on Tuesday and then put the Atlanta Hawks away on Wednesday. Afterwards, the Wizards acquired Andre Miller in a three-team trade.
2-18-14: The Wizards have been limiting their turnovers recently, which is a very encouraging sign as the team tries to get past a difficult stretch of its schedule. In the last few weeks, the Wizards played several Western Conference opponents and survived with a 25-27 record, which is good for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Although the Wizards dropped three of their four games this past week, there were two very bright spots for the team. In Tuesday’s loss in Memphis, Bradley Beal scored a career-high 37 points and on Wednesday, Trevor Ariza knocked in a franchise-best 10 shots from downtown.
2-10-14: The Wizards began their five-game homestand this past week, and they surprised their fans by finally making it above .500. They did it in impressive fashion by knocking off two of the NBA’s best teams this season. With the help of John Wall’s first 15-15 game this season, the Wizards snapped the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 10-game winning streak on Saturday. Then on Monday, Washington sent its Verizon Center crowd home happy as the Wizards beat the Portland Trail Blazers by 10 points. Although the San Antonio Spurs kept up their dominance over the Wizards on Wednesday, it still was a very successful week in our nation’s capital.
2-4-14: Another week ends and the Wizards continue to alternate wins and losses. Last week, they played all of their games at the Verizon Center, but this week was a difficult four-game road trip. Washington participated in two back-to-back sets and won both of the front ends, but dropped each of the second games. On Friday, Trevor Ariza’s game-high 23 points helped the Wizards defeat the Phoenix Suns. John Wall, who was selected as an all-star for the first time in his career, also chipped in a double-double that night. Then after losing at Utah on Saturday, the Wizards beat the Warriors, 88-85, on Tuesday. The next night, the team from the nation’s capital could not handle the Los Angeles Clippers as Washington dropped to one game below .500.
1-27-14: You guessed it: the Wizards are still not above .500. This past week, they had two opportunities against weak Eastern Conference opponents, but could not defeat the Detroit Pistons or the Boston Celtics. Washington alternated wins and losses for the four home contests the team played. First, John Wall’s game-high 23 points led the Wizards to their second victory over the Chicago Bulls in five days. After falling to the Pistons by six points the next night, the Wizards hosted the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Bradley Beal almost had a triple-double as he guided Washington to the win. Then, John Wall got the elusive triple-double on Wednesday, but the Wizards lost in overtime to the Celtics.
1-20-14: While the Wizards will most likely not win the Southeast Division, they could finish in second place and have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They have been one of the best road teams in the league this season after winning seven of their last nine games away from home. In January, they are 3-1 on the road with the only loss coming at Indiana. After taking down the Bulls in Chicago on Monday, the Wizards impressively beat the Miami Heat two days later. Washington rode an early 20-0 run and a team-high 25 points from John Wall to beat the Heat.
1-7-14: After quite a few strong perfor
mances last week, the Wizards had a relatively average week as they went 2-2 and now stand at 14-15. They quickly bounced back from their 22-point loss in Minnesota on Friday with a 106-82 home win over the Pistons. John Wall led all scorers on Saturday, and he did that again on Monday in Detroit, as he helped the Wizards sweep the home-and-home set with the Pistons. Although the Wizards dropped Wednesday’s contest to the Dallas Mavericks, Trevor Booker brought down a career-high 19 boards. In addition, John Wall has now scored at least 20 points in each of his last eight games, which is by far the longest streak of his career.
12-30-13: The Wizards had a very light week, which included only one game. They traveled to Boston for a Saturday matinee contest in their attempt to sweep their quick three-game trip around the Atlantic Division. They did just that with a 106-99 victory at the TD Garden. Trevor Ariza’s 27 points led all scorers in that contest, and Marcin Gortat also chipped in a game-high four blocks. John Wall had a big day, too: he scored 20 points and recorded six steals, the most steals by a Wizard this season. Kevin Seraphin, Nene Hilario and Bradley Beal contributed to the team effort as well. The Wizards will need full health to be able to put up a fight in the playoffs.
12-22-13: John Wall and company need Bradley Beal and Nene Hilario to be healthy in order for the team to succeed. Beal and Hilario have already been absent in the same game four times this season, and the Wizards have gone 0-4 in those contests. Unfortunately, two of losses came in back-to-back contests against the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers. The second-year guard then returned to the starting lineup on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and he scored Washington’s final eight points, including the game-winning layup. Then on Wednesday, the Brazilian big man returned to help the Wizards sweep the state of New York with a six-point victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
12-13-13: Even though the Wizards played only two games, it was a frustrating week for the team from the nation’s capital. Washington entered Friday’s contest with a .500 record, but then lost to both the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets at home. The Wizards lost those contests by a combined five points, so it will be important for the team to close out games better in the future. However, John Wall led all players in points and assists in each of those contests. With both Bradley Beal and Nene Hilario remaining sidelined, the Wizards continue to be undermanned. Wall cannot be the only scorer on this team if Washington wants postseason success.
12-6-13: After a rough 2-7 start to the season, the Wizards have finally found their stride. Their victories over the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic brought them all the way back to a .500 record. It is impressive that the Wizards have succeeded recently, especially since the team’s leading scorer Bradley Beal remains out for a few more weeks due a leg injury. John Wall has improved his passing, and his 9.2 assists per game rank second-best in the league this season. His health is very important for his team’s chances come playoff time. Wall is looking to play 70 NBA games in a season for the first time in his career and to bring the Wizards their first postseason appearance since 2008.
11-28-13: The Wizards are hot! Washington has won five of their last six games to improve their record to a respectable 7-8 on the year. John Wall and Nene are imposing their will on teams and reminding the league how good they are once healthy. Wall has averaged 30 points per game over the last four contests. It’s not all good news in D.C., as Bradley Beal has been ordered to sit out at least the next two weeks due to a stress injury in his right leg. While it’s not immediately clear the extent of his injury, the team is being overly cautious with Beal after last season’s injuries. Rookie Otto Porter Jr. (yes, he is actually on the team) practiced for the first time with the team this week and should make his debut sometime in the next few weeks.
11-22-13: After two straight wins, Randy Wittman’s hot seat went from flaming back to luke-warm. The Wizards, with playoff expectations, started the season an abysmal 2-7 before securing back-to-back wins against the Timberwolves and Cavs this week. At 4-7 and playing better basketball, the Wizards are trending upward. John Wall is distributing the ball to his playmakers and averaging a career high 9.7 assists and Nene and newly acquired Marcin Gortat are starting to learn how to defend together in the middle. After holding their own players only meeting, things seem to be improving at the moment.