Martell Webster out 3-5 Months after Back Surgery

media_57953ff773f942098888de83e17cbd3d_t607 The Washington Wizards announced today, June 27th, that Shooting Guard / Small Forward Martell Webster had a successful microdisectomy surgery yesterday. He needed the surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. Of course this announcement comes one day after the 2014 NBA draft that saw the Wizards trade away their only draft pick. Read more about Martell Webster out 3-5 Months after Back Surgery

Washington Wizards 2014 NBA Draft Preview

nba-draft_532x290_v3 The Washington Wizards had one of the most successful years in the franchises recent history on the back of young studs John Wall and Bradley Beal. The Wizards made it to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the Indiana Pacers. Even though it was a solid year for the Wizards and one of the best in their last ten years they still need to take that next step if they wish to grow as an organization. The way the Wizards can take the next step will not be through trades or free agency it will be through the draft. Read more about Washington Wizards 2014 NBA Draft Preview

San Antonio Spurs Present the Blueprint for the Wizards

San_Antonio_Spurs The Washington Wizards are coming off of their best season in 9 years as they finished the season with a of 44-38 along with making it to the conference semifinals losing to the Indiana Pacers. With making the playoffs for the first time in over seven seasons the future is bright for the young Wizards lead by star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. While it was nice seeing the Wizards make the playoffs and win in the first round the talent level of this team leaves Wizards fans wanting more. The Wizards are coming to a crossroad in their franchise as they can go in two directions, they can go in the direction of the Golden State Warriors who have a young special backcourt that can be the most exciting in basketball but still don’t have that look of a NBA championship team or they can go in the direction of the Western Conference Champions San Antonio Spurs who are in their second NBA championship in consecutive year. The obvious choice would be the Spurs however it isn’t as simple as just wanting to be like arguably the greatest franchise of this decade it will take dedication and smart subtle moves to be like the San Antonio Spurs. Read more about San Antonio Spurs Present the Blueprint for the Wizards

Washington might have lost the season but they have not lost hope

 

Dynamic Backcourt DuoThe Washington Wizards were on their way to tying up the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series at two wins apiece Sunday night, but a man by the name of Paul George got in their way. George rallied the Indiana Pacers back from 19 points down to give them a 95-92 win, while going 12/20 from the field and 7/10 from long-range ending the day with 39 points and 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert has started to show up as well, scoring 14 points or more in each of his last three game. With the Wizards down 3-1 in the series, should we lose all hope? Read more about Washington might have lost the season but they have not lost hope

Wizards loss gives a lesson in perspective

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What would your reaction have been if I told you the Washington Wizards would be down three games to one to the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the playoffs at the All Star break? Most likely what would have jumped out at you was that the Wizards were in the second round. It would not have been a surprise that they were trailing in a series to the Pacers, because the Pacers looked like the best team in the league at that point and the Wizards were really just starting to put things together. Read more about Wizards loss gives a lesson in perspective

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