Player News - Wizards

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Otto Porter is benefiting from having Paul Pierce as his mentor with the Wizards this season.

"I need it. I'm a young pup," Porter said of Pierce. "I need somebody to push me and that's what he's doing." Paul, your thoughts? "I think he's tired of me getting on him, too. I constantly stay in Otto's ear pushing him, trying to get him to be the best he can be. He's responded. He's starting to play with a little bit more fire." Porter played at least 26 minutes in every game of the first round and appears to finally be coming out of his shell at the right time--especially on the defensive end.
Apr 27 - 10:06 AM

Paul Pierce torched the visiting Raptors once more on Sunday, dropping 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

Prior to knowing that his team would definitely face the Wizards in the playoffs, DeMar DeRozan told reporters, "I hope we see Paul Pierce." He may rue those words, however, as Pierce was in vintage form during the Wizards' first round sweep -- he averaged 16.0 points and 3.3 triples while making 53.8 percent of his attempts. He'll get at least a few days to rest before returning to action vs. the winner of the Hawks vs. Nets series.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 26 - 10:02 PM

Marcin Gortat lit up the Raptors for 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block on Sunday, despite playing only 29 minutes.

He thoroughly dominated Toronto's frontcourt and shot 8-of-9 from the field, bringing his series average to 16.0 points on 70.0 percent shooting. The Wizards had their ups and downs this season but they're firing on all cylinders after decimating the Raptors in Round 1.
Apr 26 - 9:59 PM

Bradley Beal logged a team-high 36 minutes in Sunday's series-clinching victory, scoring 23 points with three 3-pointers, five assists, four steals and only one turnover.

Beal shot 5-of-15 from the field but he made up the difference with a 10-of-11 mark from the free throw line. He averaged 2.6 free throws per game during the regular season but that's increased to 4.7 per game in the playoffs. Postseason physicality and the Raptors' matchup problems are big reasons for the leap, but it's also a testament to Beal's aggressiveness offensively -- he's been in attack mode with 17.5 shot attempts per game.
Apr 26 - 9:57 PM

Ramon Sessions made a career-high three 3-pointers in 24 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring 15 points with two boards and three assists to help the Wizards advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Sessions shot 21.4 percent from deep while playing for the Kings this season. Since joining a Wizards' offense with superior ball movement, he's made 40.6 percent of his 3-pointers and was a sterling 5-of-9 from deep in the first round. The Wizards have Sessions under contract for $2.2 million next season, but fantasy owners still shouldn't expect more than 0.5 triples from the 8-year veteran.
Apr 26 - 9:55 PM

Bradley Beal is fine following banging knees on Friday.

He was in some pain on Friday, but it didn't really affect his playing time in the win. Beal is locked in for around 42 minutes per game in the coach Randy Wittman's playoff rotation and he's taking 19 shots per game. He didn't have a great game on Friday with 16 points, but there could be a big game on the way.
Apr 25 - 4:42 PM

Paul Pierce scored 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds in Friday's 106-99 Game 3 win over the Raptors.

The stat line isn't huge but most of his buckets were and the Wiz can now sweep with a win on Sunday. John Wall scored 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, 15 assists, one steal and one block in the win.
Apr 24 - 11:15 PM

Marcin Gortat scored 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting with 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in Friday's Game 3 win over the Raptors.

Gortat is going to be a winning player in playoff formats because he'll get a second series and face the Hawks in the second round. The former was in question heading into drafts.
Apr 24 - 11:13 PM

Drew Gooden scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with seven rebounds and three blocks in 18 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 win over the Raptors.

Gooden is a high-risk, somewhat high-reward guy to look at as filler for your DFS lineup.
Apr 24 - 11:11 PM

Otto Porter scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (including two threes) with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 win over the Raptors.

Porter is being turned to in clutch situations and he's answering the call this postseason, and he'll certainly be on our radar heading into next season.
Apr 24 - 11:10 PM

Garrett Temple (hamstring) has still not been able to practice.

Temple isn't close to being ready for any game-time action, and it'll be Ramon Sessions serving as Washington's primary backup point guard for however long he's sidelined. As long as John Wall is healthy, the backup point guards in Washington will remain non-options in fantasy leagues.
Apr 23 - 3:03 PM

John Wall racked up 26 points and a Wizards' playoff-record 17 assists during Tuesday's Game 2 victory, adding one 3-pointer, one steal and one block.

Wall was playing through a sore shoulder but you couldn't tell by watching him -- he turned the ball over five times but that's a footnote to an otherwise brilliant game. He shot 8-of-16 from the field and 8-of-11 at the FT line with one steal and one block, thoroughly dominating his matchup with Kyle Lowry (six points, four assists), and heads back to D.C. with his team firmly in control of the series.
Apr 21 - 11:04 PM

Bradley Beal caught fire on Tuesday, finishing with 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting, two 3-pointers, five boards, two assists and one steal in 42 minutes.

Beal's confidence is surging at the right time for the Wizards, who emphatically claimed an 0-2 lead in their first-round series. During a halftime interview Beal said, "[The Raptors] think that we’re some punks. They think they can push around. But we’re not rolling." The Wizards would be well-served to have Beal stay this aggressive and pugnacious as the playoffs continue.
Apr 21 - 11:03 PM

Otto Porter came off Washington's bench for 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal during Tuesday's convincing road win.

There's no word on whether or not Paul Pierce punched Porter before the game, but either way the Wizards have to be thrilled with his performance through two playoff wins. He logged 35 minutes and was a key to the Wizards' defense all night, and his rebounding helped Washington claim a 45-28 advantage on the glass.
Apr 21 - 11:01 PM

Bradley Beal stayed late after Washington's Game 1 win to get in extra shooting work.

Beal managed to make just 6-of-23 shots, and that prompted the extra session. "Have to," Beal said of the additional work. "Can’t shoot 6 for 23. Just want to get a rhythm. I’ve got to just make sure everything’s feeling good still." Kudos to the Florida product for putting in the work after his team won, a move several players wouldn't have necessarily made.
Apr 20 - 10:04 AM


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