Player News - Wizards

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks is not worried about Bradley Beal's shooting slump.

"Every player in this league is going to go through some shooting slumps, and hopefully he can get out of it next game," Brooks said. "He’s getting good looks. They’re not falling for him right now." Beal is shooting a combined 1-of-21 from 3-point range over his last three games, so he has nowhere to go but up. Beal took a hard fall in Saturday's loss to the Pistons and hit his head, but the SG said he's OK. "I got hit pretty hard," Beal said. "My head hit the ground. I’m okay, though. No concussion." Expect a better performance from Beal on Monday vs. the Hornets.
Jan 22 - 11:11 AM

Bradley Beal made 4-of-15 from the field for 17 points against the Pistons on Saturday during a 113-112 loss, adding five rebounds, four assists, two steals and no 3-pointers.

Late in the fourth quarter, Beal took a really bad fall and hurt his head. He was down for about 20 seconds, but then popped up fairly quickly and stayed in the game. Meanwhile, he is now in the biggest shooting slump of the season, making just 1-of-21 from deep in his last three games. This isn't the first time a guard has gone into a slump and it won't be the last. Keep trotting Beal out there and hope he finds his stroke again.
Jan 21 - 9:12 PM

Otto Porter scored 11 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

He couldn't stay hot forever after making 12 treys in his last two games combined. Besides his insane efficiency lately, Porter has been extremely consistent with steals. He's had at least one for every game this season, averaging 34 minutes in that span. He probably won't be a top-15 player, but Porter should be an early-round guy going forward.
Jan 21 - 9:10 PM

Jason Smith scored a season-high 16 points with four rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

He's actually seen at least 19 minutes in three straight with garbage time not factoring into this. Smith gets most of his run behind Marcin Gortat, but coach Scott Brooks has run him out there at the four for a total of 22 minutes over those three. The Wizards played some bigger teams in that span against the Grizzlies, Knicks and Pistons, so that may be a factor on the uptick. If he is good again vs. Charlotte on Monday, that may put him on the radar in deep leagues.
Jan 21 - 9:04 PM

John Wall says this season is the healthiest he's been in his NBA career thus far.

Wall is enjoying arguably the best season of his career and believes it is largely due to him finally being fully heathy. "I'm back to where I can be myself and be the player I always wanted to be," said Wall. "I know there’s a lot of great players in this league but me being healthy and me being back to myself, I give myself a shot to be one of the best players in the league." Wall, who is retuning first-runs fantasy value by averaging 23.1 points and 10.3 assists, is one of just three guards (James Harden and Russell Westbrook) to average a point-assist double-double this season.
Source: USA Today
Jan 21 - 12:56 PM

John Wall scored 29 points in a 113-110 win at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, adding five rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

Revenge game for not making the All-Star starters? Whatever the case, Wall's Wizards are the hottest team in the East with their four-game winning streak -- nobody else has more than two straight wins. Not surprisingly, Wall has crushed in those four games, averaging 25.8 points, 4.5 boards, 10.0 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.8 treys. He'll obviously be an All-Star reverse and has first-round value in standard leagues.
Jan 19 - 11:17 PM

Otto Porter matched his career-high six 3-pointers against the Knicks on Thursday, scoring 23 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

It didn't take long for him to match his career high from Wednesday, and he's the first Wizards player ever to make six treys in back-to-back games. Porter's incredible shooting lately has moved him up to the No. 2 player in 3-point percentage this season, trailing Joe Ingles by just 0.2 percent. Porter has arguably been the most efficient player lately, posting an otherworldly 70.0 true shooting percentage over his last 14. He now has top-15 value in standard leagues.
Jan 19 - 11:12 PM

Bradley Beal made just 4-of-13 from the field for eight points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and five turnovers against the Knicks on Thursday.

Yuck. Beal is in a miniature slump with only a 12-point game coming on Wednesday. His usage is slightly down with 13.5 attempt from the field in that span, but the culprit has been Beal making just 1-of-14 from deep. Shooting guards have always been the most inconsistent position in fantasy, so this isn't surprising. He's healthy and should have success against a banged-up Pistons team on Saturday.
Jan 19 - 10:58 PM

John Wall scored 25 points during a 104-101 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, 13 assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

The Wizards are clearly playing their best ball of the season, winning six of their last seven games to get them to the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Wall has his fingerprints all over the recent run, averaging 20.4 points, 4.3 boards, 11.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.0 treys in those seven. He's an All-Star and the Wizards have won 13 straight at home.
Jan 18 - 10:48 PM

Otto Porter made a career-high six 3-pointers to help him get to 25 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, one steal and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

The 3-pointers have been a trend for Porter lately. In his last 13 games, he's averaged 2.7 treys, 16.4 points, 5.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks on 55.9 percent from the field -- good for a 69.0 true shooting percentage. He's been a top-15 player in that span and on the season overall, too. Porter is arguably the best value pick in fantasy this season.
Jan 18 - 10:43 PM

Bradley Beal scored just 12 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

Beal was actually rolling since his ankle sprain, so feel free to chalk this up to the Grizzlies defense. In his previous eight games since his last injury, Beal averaged 24.9 points, 3.3 boards, 3.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 3.6 treys on 50.0 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the line. Even with this dud today, he's still been a top-40 player in January.
Jan 18 - 10:28 PM

John Wall scored 24 points with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

The wrist and pinkie injuries sure don't seem to be bothering him. Wall continues to talk about tweaking his shot due to his right pinkie, but he's taking jumpers with confidence and still blowing by people on drives. The Wizards were incredible in the first half with a 71 true shooting percentage to get them to 75 points and basically put the game out of reach in the third quarter. Wall's surgeon for the procedures on his knees probably needs a raise.
Jan 16 - 5:46 PM

Otto Porter looked 100 percent in a win over the Blazers on Monday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

The hip strain from over the weekend clearly didn't bother him in this easy win. Porter has been arguably the best fantasy draft pick this season and is in the mix for Most Improved Player.
Jan 16 - 5:36 PM

Kelly Oubre scored 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

He's been effective as the sixth man with minutes as a backup to multiple players depending on the matchups. Oubre was coming in cold with only nine points combined in his previous three games, so obviously he would need to do it again to warrant any consideration in standard leagues.
Jan 16 - 5:13 PM

Otto Porter (hip) will play on Monday vs. the Blazers.

He looked fine during the morning shootaround and he previously said that he was going to play. Porter has been a top-20 stud in standard leagues and his owners will want to make sure he's active, even he's not 100 percent.
Jan 16 - 12:24 PM


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