Pacers edge out Wizards in Game Two

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This game is very easy to break down by the stats. Roy Hibbert scored 28 points for the Indiana Pacers whereas, John Wall only contributed six points to the Washington Wizards total. The Wizards managed to get to the free throw line a meager twelve times making only five shots. The Pacers on the other hand went 18 for 21 from the charity stripe. Now, that is certainly a substantial disparity but I would suggest that perhaps the most telling stat of the night is the number of fast break points put up by the Wizards. That being one. Just one point on the fast break. Read more about Pacers edge out Wizards in Game Two

Wizards Take a 1-0 Series Lead

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Randy Wittman joins Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy, no not the Chicago Bull his father, to be the only three coaches to win their first four playoff road games. Yes Randy Wittman as in the same Randy Wittman that was the interim head coach of the Wizards after Flip Saunders was fired after a 2-15 start to the 2011-2012 season. Yes the same Randy Wittman who the Washington Post asked for to be fired before this year’s All-star break. He then went onto lead the Wizards to 19-11 after the break and then an easy first round series win over the bulls and now coaching the Wizards to a 1-0 series lead against the 1st seeded Indiana Pacers.

Starting with the combination of John Wall and Trevor Ariza to give them a 13 point lead at the half and then closing it out with a combination Bradley Beal and Drew Gooden that gave the Wizards a 102-96 win. While the Wizards offense was timely and operated in their usual spurts, it was all about the Wizards defense and the lack of the Indiana Pacers offense. With Trevor Ariza shutting down Paul George for the whole game and which resulted in him shooting 4 for 17 from the field and then making life even worse for the former Georgetown Hoya, Roy Hibbert as he started the game and finish it with 18 minutes, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 5 fouls and a plus/minus of -17. Read more about Wizards Take a 1-0 Series Lead

Wizards second round playoff preview

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We now know that the Washington Wizards will face the Eastern Conference’s number one seed Indiana Pacers in the second round of the playoffs. Just looking at the seeding would lead you to believe that Indiana is the favorite to win the series but I think you would be hard pressed to really make the case for them. Indiana’s biggest shortcoming is in the back court. No such trouble there for the Wizards. Read more about Wizards second round playoff preview

Veteran Influence Leads Wizards to 3-1 Series Lead

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Nene Hilario may be the most influential of the Wizards deep veteran presence prior to the playoffs due to his absolute brute strength along with his ability to knock down mid-range jump shots. With Nene coming to Washington in the 2011-2012 season from the Denver Nuggets he has started a movement for the Wizards of bring in veterans to pair with the young star the Wizards have in Bradley Beal and John Wall. Acquiring Veterans such as Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, Al Harrington, Marcin Gortat, and most recently Andre Miller and Drew Gooden, the Wizards have put together a strong bench that from those six players have an average of 11 years of experience and 39.5 playoff games between the players.

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Wizards remain gutsy in loss

wizardsThis game changed with 8:30 left in the fourth quarter. The Washington Wizards had been battling back against an unbelievable offensive outburst from Chicago Bulls guards Mike Dunleavy all night. The Wizards had finally started to make a run in the fourth quarter. Off a turnover, Nene drove the ball strong to the hoop for the score, cutting the Bulls lead down to only two points (78-76). Nene bumped Bulls guard Jimmy Butler on the way back down court. Butler pushed back. The two got nose Read more about Wizards remain gutsy in loss

Wizards in full control of series after game two

wizardsThe Washington Wizards head back to DC with a two game lead over the Chicago Bulls after squeezing out an overtime victory in what can only be described as an ugly game. The easiest thing to do would be to criticize the officiating for their, seemingly biased but mostly just incredibly inconsistent, foul calling. However, I do not believe a team should ever look to the officiating as an excuse for a loss or poor play. No matter how much a Read more about Wizards in full control of series after game two

Wizards pull away late to take Game One

wizardsIn an energetic start to the series the Washington Wizards take Game one from the Bulls in Chicago. The game was closely contested throughout the night with the Chicago Bulls taking a six point lead into the half and opening up a 13 point lead early in the 3rd quarter before the Wizards mounted a comeback resulting in the victory 102-93. The teams seemed fairly evenly matched throughout the game but a quick review of the box scores leads me to believe the Wizards hold the edge in this series. Read more about Wizards pull away late to take Game One

Wizards Playoff Preview: Setting the Stage for the Future

File:John Wall pregame shooting.jpgMost experts believe the Eastern Conference champion will be either the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers. This has been their belief since the beginning of the year and because of that it seems most are overlooking the rest of the conference. That’s too bad. They have missed out on the fabulous story of the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards come into this playoff season as a team on the rise whereas the rest of the top teams in the East have either peaked or are in decline. With the Wizards locking up John Wall in a long term deal, they may have the most to gain in this year’s playoffs. Read more about Wizards Playoff Preview: Setting the Stage for the Future