Player News - Wizards

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John Wall hit 6-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in Tuesday's impressive Game 2, overtime 101-99 win over the Bulls to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Wall committed five turnovers, but played very well and is in full control of the Wizards' offense. Bradley Beal came through tonight and will have to continue to shoot it well if the Wizards are going to close this one out.
Apr 23 - 12:40 AM

Nene had 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block before fouling out in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bulls in Chicago, giving the Wiz a 2-0 lead.

The Wizards have never won the first two games of a playoff series on the road and are squarely positioned to take out the Bulls in Round 1. The winner of this one gets the Pacers or Hawks, and it's starting to look the Wizards have a real chance to find themselves playing for a championship this season. Nene is surely sore after playing well in both games, but we'd be shocked if he needs to rest as long as the Wizards keep winning.
Apr 23 - 12:38 AM

Bradley Beal bounced back from an off game and hit 9-of-20 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 26 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block as the Wizards beat the Bulls again in Chicago on Tuesday, taking an improbable 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Washington for Game 3.

If you had the Wizards up 2-0 at this point, congratulations are in order. This one went to overtime as the Wizards pulled off a nice, late comeback, and then saw Kirk Hinrich miss a pair of free throws at the end of overtime to give the Wizards the win. Beal was just 3-of-11 for 13 points in Game 1 and the Bulls have already been backed into a corner against the upstart Wizards.
Apr 23 - 12:35 AM

Nene (knee) said he is feeling "sore" on Tuesday after playing 35 minutes in Game 1 against the Bulls.

Nene was an absolute beast in the post against the Bulls, including defensive player of the year Joakim Noah. But playing 35 minutes may have taken a toll on the injured knee that cost him almost six weeks of the regular season. Still, Nene knows his team will need another stellar performance in Game 2 on Tuesday if they hope to take a 2-0 series lead. "Basketball is physical. A lot of physicality in the post, especially in my position," he said. "But when the ball goes up, you forget about that and you focus on what you can do to help your team and forget about the sore, about the pain."
Apr 22 - 3:09 PM

Trevor Booker shifted to the bench and had three points, six rebounds and one assist in his new role behind Nene on Sunday.

Booker logged 19 minutes which isn't too much lower than the 25 per game he averaged as a starter this season. He made only 1-of-3 shots and struggled against the length of Chicago's frontcourt, but coach Randy Wittman seems ready to ride Booker ahead of Drew Gooden (three minutes) and Al Harrington (two minutes).
Apr 20 - 11:30 PM

Nene started on Sunday for the first time since spraining his MCL in late February, finishing the Wizards' Game 1 victory with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

Nene had insisted on playing no more than 20 minutes once he returned from his injury, but he logged 35 minutes on Sunday and his conditioning didn't seem to be a problem. He feasted on the Bulls with a sequence of wide open mid-range jumpers and he was the key to stealing home court advantage. That's no big surprise since the Wizards had a 30-23 record with Nene in the lineup this season, but just 14-15 without him.
Apr 20 - 9:56 PM

Marcin Gortat double-doubled with 15 points, 13 rebounds and one block in a hard-fought victory in Chicago on Sunday.

He made a key put-back to give Washington a six-point lead in the game's final minute, and combined with Nene for a decisive frontcourt advantage against Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. Every starter reached double-digits in the Wizards' impressive victory, and veteran Andre Miller gave them a nice lift with 10 points during a late surge off the bench.
Apr 20 - 9:55 PM

Nene is listed as a starter against the Bulls for Game 1 on Sunday.

He's been coming off the bench in the past four games since returning from injury and the Wizards seem to be comfortable putting him back in his usual role. Nene runs the offense quite a bit to take some pressure of John Wall and the team will need him to stay on the court in this series. Trevor Booker moves back to the bench.
Apr 20 - 6:24 PM

Nene was spotted in a blue practice jersey on Saturday, which suggests that he was practicing with the first unit and could start on Sunday vs. Chicago.

Neither Nene nor Wizards coach Randy Wittman gave a definitive answer as to whether Nene would start or not, but given the need for Nene's interior presence it wouldn't be shocking to see the Brazilian big man start.
Apr 20 - 2:02 PM

Bradley Beal hit 10-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 27 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's easy win over the Celtics.

The Nets appeared to tank in order to ensure a matchup with the Raptors instead of the Bulls, leaving the Wizards to play Chicago in Round 1 of the playoffs. Beal is certainly in good form right now, and the Wiz will need everything he has against the Bulls. Trevor Booker, Trevor Ariza, Marcin Gortat (double-double), John Wall and Nene were all in double figures tonight, and the Wizards are pretty healthy heading into the postseason.
Apr 16 - 11:31 PM

Nene will play on Wednesday but he has "insisted" that the Wizards keep him under 20 minutes.

He recently returned from a sprained MCL which he tweaked in his first game back, and Washington will proceed with due caution. He would sit out entirely if there were nothing at stake, but a win combined with a Nets loss would shift Washington up a seed in the playoff standings.
Apr 16 - 2:10 PM

Bradley Beal (illness) played 26 minutes against the Heat during an easy 114-93 win on Sunday, scoring 15 points with three boards, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

He started hot and scored all 15 points before halftime. Beal had been feeling ill today, but he was still able to go through shootaround and said he was going to play all day. He should be in the lineup on Wednesday with the Wizards needing that game for seeding purposes.
Apr 14 - 10:09 PM

Al Harrington scored a season-high 16 points vs. the Heat on Monday with four boards, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 18 minutes.

He scored 12 points on Saturday and has played at least 17 minutes in three consecutive games. Harrington looks healthy for the first time since November, but the team still is likely smart enough to keep his minutes down considering how frequently his knees haven't held up.
Apr 14 - 9:53 PM

Nene returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Heat with 18 points, four boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

He made 8-of-12 from the field and looked healthy in the win. Nene rested the second half of a back-to-back set on Saturday and should be considered questionable for Wednesday. The team will probably want to win that game to avoid becoming the seventh seed and face the Heat.
Apr 14 - 9:50 PM

John Wall was quiet against the Heat on Monday with four points, two boards, 13 assists, one steal and two turnovers.

He did not score in the first half and it didn't really matter as his teammate lit it up from beyond the arc. Wall has been driving and kicking all season long and not many players can come close to staying in front of him on the perimeter. His team will look to make some noise in the postseason.
Apr 14 - 9:42 PM


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