Player News - Wizards

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Coach Scott Brooks wants Bradley Beal to expand his range and increase his 3-point attempts.

Beal is averaging a career-high 22.2 points per game this season, in part due to his sharpshooting from downtown. In 2015-16, Beal averaged 1.9 treys on 4.9 attempts. This season, he's up to 2.9 made 3-pointers on 7.2 attempts per game. Still, the Wiz want to see more. "[Coach Brooks] tells me, ‘Shoot 20 3-pointers a game.’ Nobody has ever told me to do that," said Beal. This is welcomed news for Beal owners, especially considering Beal has already exceeded expectations this season.
Source: Yahoo.com
Feb 17 - 1:10 PM

John Wall kept it going during a 111-98 win over the Pacers on Thursday, scoring 20 points with two rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, two blocks and five turnovers in 37 minutes.

Break up the Wizards. They have won 11 of their last 12 to help them surge to the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. Wall has also passed Russell Westbrook for No. 2 in assists thanks to this outburst and is just 0.02 steals per game behind Draymond Green for the league lead in that department. Wall has absolutely earned his All-Star spot and has been among the best Eastern Conference player in the past month.
Feb 16 - 10:11 PM

Otto Porter strengthened his bid for Most Improved Player on Thursday in a win over the Pacers, scoring 25 points with eight rebounds, two assists and six 3-pointers.

He has a stranglehold with his league-leading 46.5 3-point percentage on the season. When taking into account his lack of turnovers, Porter has actually been one of the most efficient shooters in recent memory. In fact, he is on pace to be the only player in the history of the NBA to average more than 2.0 treys, less than 1.0 turnovers, and turn in at least a 65.0 true shooting percentage. In standard leagues, the only Eastern Conference players with more total value are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyle Lowry and Isaiah Thomas. Porter has been a league-winning kind of fantasy draft pick.
Feb 16 - 10:04 PM

Bradley Beal scores 19 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

Besides having the career year, the Wizards have to be ecstatic about Beal missing just one game since Nov. 17, especially with his career-high 34.4 minutes per game. DeMar DeRozan is the only Eastern Conference shooting guard with more scoring per game, but Beal's 59.8 true shooting crushes DeRozan's 54.7. It's an easy case to make for Beal to be an All-Star over some of the guys on the roster, especially with the Wizards sitting in the No. 3 spot.
Feb 16 - 9:57 PM

Markieff Morris scored 21 points with seven boards, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

That game off for the minor calf issue on Feb. 8 seems to have got him going again. In those three, Morris averaged 23.3 points, 7.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and whopping 3.0 treys per game. The Wizards have ditched the Morris stagger move with Morris playing just 4.4 minutes per game without John Wall compared to 27.5 with him in those three. In his last 15 active games, he's held second-round value per game. He's having a monster season, but can be considered a sell-high guy because he's not this good.
Feb 16 - 9:51 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks indicated that Jason Smith deserves to stay in the rotation with Ian Mahinmi back.

"My job is to find him a role because he makes shots, he blocks shots, he gets in our defensive coverage, he’s athletic," Brooks said. "He’s done some good things for us the last two or three months, he deserves to stay in." Smith has played slightly over 20 minutes per game since Mahinmi returned on Feb. 8, but that number could take another hit once Mahinmi's playing time restrictions are lifted. He's strictly a deep-league asset until further notice.
Feb 16 - 9:17 AM

Ian Mahinmi (knee) will be limited to 12-14 minutes during Thursday's game against the Pacers.

Mahinmi could see his minutes limit lifted after the break, but he won't be making any noise in fantasy hoops as long as Marcin Gortat is healthy.
Feb 15 - 1:57 PM

Trey Burke (elbow) did not practice on Tuesday but is expected to play Thursday vs. the Pacers.

Minimal fantasy impact here, as Burke is averaging just 4.5 points and 2.6 assists in 12.8 minutes since the start of January. Burke would need an injury to John Wall to have a crack at fantasy relevance.
Feb 14 - 1:39 PM

Bradley Beal needed just 23 minutes to hit six 3-pointers and score 22 points vs. the Thunder on Monday.

The game was over by the third quarter, but Beal got his damage done early. He finished 7-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, adding three assists and three turnovers. This was his fifth game of the season with 6+ 3-pointers, and only Eric Gordon (9), Stephen Curry (8), Klay Thompson (6) and Kyle Lowry (6) have more such games this campaign.
Feb 13 - 11:13 PM

Markieff Morris scored 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting in Monday's blowout win over the Thunder.

This was his second game back after returning from a minor calf issue, and considering he scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting in his previous game, it's safe to say he's fine. Morris added six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 32 minutes, and he also hit all three of his triples and finished 4-of-5 from the line. Morris was once referred to as a "team cancer" back in his Phoenix days, but Marcin Gortat said he sees him very differently. "I see a guy with incredible talent, with very good work ethic. He’s a great, great teammate." Gortat calls himself and Morris the "Phoenix Outlaws," and their chemistry in the frontcourt is one of the many reasons why the Wizards are 17-5 since the new year.
Feb 13 - 11:03 PM

Otto Porter scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting vs. the Thunder on Monday, adding 12 boards, two blocks and two triples in 34 minutes.

He bounced back nicely after he was limited to eight points vs. the Pacers on Friday due to foul trouble. Porter has played incredible all season, yet his right hip is still giving him problems which is why he frequently uses the exercise bike when he checks out of the game. "Just trying to stay loose. That's the only thing. I don't want to sit down for too long," Porter said. "Once I get back in I'm already kind of loose. Hopefully during this All-Star break I can get some rest and really let it heal a little bit staying off of it." He added that "It's just something you get used to," but he should benefit from a full week off starting this Friday. This shouldn't be a real concern for his owners going forward.
Feb 13 - 10:50 PM

John Wall played through a minor left ankle tweak in Monday's win over the Thunder, scoring 15 points with 14 assists.

Wall only played 30 minutes in the blowout, a welcome sight for the Wizards after he logged an average of 41.2 minutes per game in his previous five. He shot 4-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, adding five rebounds, one steal, two blocks, one 3-pointer and five turnovers. This was his 31st game of the season with 15+ points and 10+ assists, so he's now tied with Russell Westbrook and only trails James Harden (39).
Feb 13 - 10:42 PM

Ian Mahinmi (knee) could see his playing time in the 15-minute range for Monday's game against the Thunder.

Mahinmi's minutes limit is slowly being increased, but he's still nowhere near worth being owned in any scenario.
Feb 13 - 6:27 PM

John Wall (left ankle) will play on Monday vs. the Thunder.

Wall didn't go through shootaround and also didn't practice on Sunday after rolling his left ankle on Friday vs. the Pacers, but the Wizards are just giving him some extra time off -- he's averaging 41.2 minutes per game over his last five. Wall said he's "fine" and his owners can feel confident about deploying him vs. the Thunder.
Feb 13 - 11:58 AM

John Wall (left ankle) did not practice on Sunday.

He said he rolled his left ankle in the win over Indiana on Friday, but made it clear that he's fine. The Wizards simply gave him the day off because he's been logging 41.2 minutes per game over his last five, but expect him to see his normal workload vs. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Monday.
Feb 12 - 1:11 PM


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