Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Paul Pierce admitted his knee injury is still an issue.

Originally injured on February 24 against the Warriors, Pierce said the injury still bothers him currently. However, it doesn't seem to be a serious concern at this point and The Truth looked phenomenal in his first playoff game of 2015. Pierce added that the extra rest toward the end of the regular season was very helpful, and he plans to bring his hyperbaric chamber with him on the road as the Wizards progress through the postseason. He's going to play a major role for Washington as long as they're alive.
Apr 20 - 10:00 AM

John Wall and Bradley Beal both went out of their way to praise Otto Porter after Washington's Game 1 win over Toronto.

"He does the little things that nobody sees," Wall said. Beal added, "He’s terrific for us. He helps space the floor, he can shoot the ball, and he’s just smart. I mean he just knows how to play and make the right reads. You need a guy like him." As for confidence in himself, Porter lacks none. "It’s just confidence from myself. I know what I can do."
Apr 20 - 9:54 AM

Garrett Temple (hamstring) got a lot of shots up during the Wizards' practice on Sunday, and there's a chance he can return later in their first round series against the Raptors.

Temple isn't a major part of the Wizards' rotations, and considering he's been sidelined since March 9, he would likely return in a very limited role. Ramon Sessions will be Washington's primary backup point guard for as long as Temple is sidelined, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in almost any format.
Apr 19 - 2:25 PM

Paul Pierce was fantastic against the Raptors during a 93-86 overtime win on Saturday, scoring a game-high 20 points with four rebounds, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field in 37 minutes.

After the game, Pierce said he felt good and that he needed the rest heading into the postseason. Pierce didn't play 37 minutes in any game during the 2015 part of the schedule, so clearly the Wizards had planned on increasing his minutes going into this postseason run. He also moved past James Worthy for 22nd on the all-time postseason scoring list.
Apr 18 - 4:33 PM

John Wall scored 10 points with six boards, eight assists, one block and one turnover against the Raptors on Saturday in his 44 minutes of action.

He missed a 19-foot contested jumper at the end of regulation and the Wall isolation plays were coming early and often. They didn't really work because he made just 5-of-18 from the field today. Wall hasn't been settling for jumpers nearly as much these days and the Wizards are at their best when he's breaking down defenses. Wall and Bradley Beal had bad games today and they were still able to win, so the Wizards have to be happy about that.
Apr 18 - 4:26 PM


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