Blow it all up, Wiz lose 107-95 to the Grizzlies

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Yikes.

Might as well just show Grizzlies highlights.

Oh here is a good one

Wall with 22 pts, 7 assists, 5 boards but NINE turnovers.

Beal shot 5 for 16 from the floor and 4-12 from three.

With Morris still sick Jeff Green got the start but went 2-6 from the field and 0-2 from downtown. Finished with 4 pts and 5 reb.

Oubre was the only one to get anything off the bench pretty much with 16 pts.

1-6 start to the season, please just blow it all up now and save us the misery.

Next Game:

Friday vs. Thunder at 8PM on ESPN

The Ringer: “The Wizards Are the NBA’s Must-See Soap Opera”

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https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/10/30/18040508/washington-wizards-john-wall-bradley-beal-chemistry

Link to article above

An accurate depiction of the last few years:

These Wizards—with John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Porter together as the stars—are on their sixth season as the most maddening show in the NBA. The franchise reached the Eastern Conference semifinals just two seasons ago, but any hope that the script would feature a happy ending went up in flames shortly thereafter. The 2017-18 campaign came off like a bad soap opera with a host of miscast characters openly fighting in full view of the cameras, only to have it all end when they were shoved off the playoff stage in the first round. Even Showtime would have canceled them by now, but Grunfeld and the Wizards keep pushing variations of the same plot into production.

 

Good night for DC Sports, Caps and Wiz win on the West Coast

If you are like me then you are not an insane person and couldn’t stay up to watch some of these games last night on the west coast. But, if you are like me then you are also really sad that you didn’t get to stay up and watch these two teams pick up some nice wins.

First, the Wiz:

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Kieff poured in 28 pts, including going 6 for 10 from deep. Oubre with 22 off the bench and a nice line from Brad Beal: 25 pts, 8 reb, 7 ast.

It took an OT effort, but that is a HUGE win to pick up on the road in Portland to start the road trip.

It’s funny, because Mike and I were just talking about how worried we were for this team headed into the next few games but the boys balled out. (Except Ian Mahinmi who played four minutes, picked up two fouls, 0 reb, and 0 pts)

Next, the Caps:

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Coming off the shootout loss to Florida, the Caps needed a nice bounce-back game. Ovie continues his rampage as he picks up four points.

Backstrom snagged his 600th NHL assist as well.

These types of nights don’t happen often for DC fans, so let’s definitely enjoy this one.

Game 1 Wizards Grades

Let’s go ahead and assign grades to the Wizards players on their loss last night. Why? Because we feel like it.

First up, the man himself, John Wall

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

Grade: A

Stats: 26 pts (9-16 FG, 2-7 3PT, 7-10 FT), 9 Ast, 3 Reb, 3 Blk, 1 Stl, 3 TO’s. 

Give this man a full season without injury, these are the kind of numbers you expect. Wall went hard all 36 minutes, but clearly was a little gassed at the end. The Wiz are a missed Wall three-pointer away from being 1-0. Bad shot decision when he could have driven and drawn contact? Possibly.

Bradley Beal

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

Grade: B-

Stats: 20 pts (7-16 FG, 2-7 3PT, 4-6 FT), 2 Ast, 1 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO)

Overall an okay night from Brad. Hit a couple three’s, but unfortunately not much else. The foul trouble plagued the ‘zards all night, Beal had 5 and only was able to play 27 min.

Otto Porter Jr. 

Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

Grade: D+

Stats: 9 pts (3-7 FG, 0 3PT, 3-4 FT), 0 Ast, 11 Reb, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

I know, a little strange for a guy to get a D+ when he almost gets a double-double. Otto Porter needs to do…more. Multiple guys off the bench get more shots up than he did (Jeff Green put in a great case to try and earn the starting SF spot), he didn’t tally a single assist, didn’t shoot a single three, this was not a great game from OP. Both Heat forwards outplayed him.

Markieff Morris

Grade: C+

Stats: 11 pts (3-8 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-4 FT), 2 Ast, 5 Reb, 2 Blk, 3 TO’s

Kieff is always going to be a hit-or-miss player. Some nights he’ll be on, some he’ll be way off. Tonight he was pretty good. He is out there to be a bruiser, hit a few threes, but definitely needs to put up higher rebound numbers. The Wiz were DESTROYED on the boards last night (55 to 40). Including allowing 22 offensive rebounds to Miami. That can’t happen.

Ian Mahinmi

Grade: D

Stats: 3 pts (1-2 FG, 3-4 FT), 1 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk’s

Well, with Gortat gone, and Dwight hurt, here is a look at what Mahinmi does with a starting opportunity. Not good. Brooks only gave him 12 min as well. Mahinmi is definitely more fashioned to provide energy and physicality off the bench. He is not a starting center in this league.

 

The Bench

Jeff Green: 17 pts (6-12 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-3FT), 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 STL, 2 Blk’s

Grade: A

Great Debut for Green, this bench is definitely better than last year.

Jason Smith: 4 pts (2-3 FG), 6 Reb

Grade: C

Foul trouble, another guy that couldn’t stay on the floor tonight.

Kelly Oubre Jr: 9 pts (2-8 FG, 0-3 3PT, 5-6 FT), 6 Reb, 1 Blk

Grade: B-

The mental side of the game still plagues Oubre. Picked up a stupid tech for taunting.

Austin Rivers: 9 pts (4-7 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-2 FT), 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Grade: B

Not a bad debut, would have liked to see those assist numbers be higher.

Tomas Satoransky: 4 pts (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Grade: B

Oh look, Tomas outrebounded the Wizard’s starting center.

Jordan McRae: Did not register a minute

Troy Brown Jr: DNP

Thomas Bryant: DNP

 

 

In case you missed it…Wiz lose heartbreaker to Heat 113-112

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What a crappy way to start the season. Getting outscored 28-23 in the 4th, including an absolute backbreaker by the anti-christ Kelly Olynyk

This looks very much like the Wizards of old, possibly helped by the fact that Dwight Howard didn’t play. Love to have your brand new Center be injured right off the bat.

Wall looked great, doing things like this

He was feisty John tonight, getting into a few scraps along the way. It seems that Wall is taking NO S*** this season

That’s cool and all, but you HAVE to close out games.

Wall finished with 26 pts and 9 assists (with 3 blocks as well)

Beal added 20 pts, and was 2-7 from deep.

Wiz fans seem to be over Otto at this point, okay night from him with 9 pts and 11 rebounds. But only took 7 shots all night in 33 minutes. There HAS to be more production from him.

Rivers with 9 pts in his Wiz debut, Jeff Green looked like a beast with 17 and 4.

That was a winnable game, and the Wiz blew it.

Next Game: Saturday vs. Toronto (1-0) 7PM ET

In case you missed it…Caps lose 0-6 to Devils

Another back-to-back, another loss. Worried yet? Nah.

This is the “highlights”

Copley got the start and did not fare well. Ovie only got 2 shots, Kuzy with only 1. Yikes.

On to hosting Toronto (4-1) Saturday at 7PM