Wizards Wrap: Washington loves the 3-ball

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Early into the 2013-14 season, the Washington Wizards rank among the NBA's leaders in attempted and made three pointers. So we aren't going crazy.

If you've found yourself thinking that it sure seems like the Washington Wizards are taking (and making) a lot of threes so far this season, turns out you're right. It's a weird feeling, isn't it? Washington fans are so used to their team being subpar from deep, it might take some time to get used not cringing everytime the Wizards jack up a three.

Then again, we're still way early in the season, so this might just be a small sample size producing a statistical oddity. But as the lead of this week's Wizards Wrap indicates, it certainly sounds like this is how the Wiz want to play:

  • As of Wednesday, the Wiz were actually leading the NBA in both attempted and made threes. So this might be a thing. [WaPo]
  • The Wizards made 18 threes against the 76ersThat's a lot.
  • John Wall made five of those threes, but Mike doesn't want the guy start going crazy from deep.
  • Wall described himself as the team's "catalyst" following the win over Philly. [WaPo]
  • With Wall making five threes and Bradley Beal dishing out eight assists, the two guards kind of switched up roles against the Sixers. [CSN Washington]
  • The Wizards hosted some wounded veterans at their practice facility Thursday, and Wall accepted a shooting challenge from one vet in a wheelchair. Pretty cool. [Wizards InsiderCSN Washington |Monumental Network]
  • It was nice to finally see Nene and Marcin Gortat in the starting lineup together. [CSN Washington]
  • Ted liked what he saw against the Sixers. [Ted's Take]
  • The Wizards play the Brooklyn Nets tonight at Verizon. [Truth About ItWizards.comDaily WizdomNets DailyFrom Russia With Dunk]
  • We brought Keys to the Palace back. Kind of a big deal.
  • Guess which NBA player projected (by at least one advanced stat) is projected to make the biggest leap in production from last season? Hint: It's Bradley Beal. [ESPN In$ider]
  • Beal was off to a slow start this year before righting the ship against the Sixers. Umair breaks down where Beal will need to improve in order to counter the added attention defenses are paying him.
  • Conversely, Trevor Ariza is off to a pretty good start. So the natural question is...should the Wizards trade him??
  • Awesome convo with SportVU's Brian Kopp, during which one of the topics discussed is Beal's leading the league in distance traveled on the court. [ESPN]
  • A lot of us like to hate on Nene, but the fact is, we need him. [CSN Washington]
  • When a team with playoff aspirations and a lame duck coach starts off 0-3, it won't take long for speculation about said coach's future to start. [Truth About It]
  • Tom Ziller came up with his top three candidates to potentially replace Randy Wittman. They're actually pretty good... [The Hook]
  • Wittman got fined $20,000 for dropping an F-bomb during his postgame presser following the home-opening stinker against the 76ers. Harsh. [BF | Witt fined (Wizards InsiderCSN Washington), Witt embarrassed (Wizards InsiderCSN Washington) | Wiz of Awes]
  • Jan Vesely has yet to play this season, but it sounds like he's at least keeping a positive attitude. [WaPoCSN Washington]
  • The Gortat-Okafor trade is one of several recent deals that demonstrate the increasing value of NBA draft picks. Good read. [SB Nation]
  • If you haven't seen 'Bernie and Ernie,' the latest installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 sports documentary series about the bond between longtime friends and teammates Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, you should. It's purty good. Director Jason Hehir was kind enough to answer some questions for Jake via email.
  • The best part of 'Bernie and Ernie?' Obviously, 70s basketball fashion. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Ernie sat down with Dave Johnson to talk about the film. Also, Ted enjoyed it. [Monumental Network |Ted's Take]
  • Former Bullet and Hall of Famer Walt Bellamy died at 74. #sadface [SB NationTrueHoopCSN Washington]
  • I have never seen a "jammed" finger like the one Trevor Booker suffered against the Heat. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Sure, it was great to get a win, but the best thing about the Sixers game was easily the fan who showed up in a Hogwarts jacket. [Sportress of Blogitude]
  • Ted is impressed with the league's analytics. [Ted's Take]
  • We've already covered the Wizards' taste in cereal. Now, as reward for talking about his favortite cereals publically, Chris Singleton is receiving free cereal. What a country. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Andray Blatche and Caron Butler have now both been fined for the "Sam Cassell dance," which I'd describe, but words don't do it justice. [CSN WashingtonSI].
  • Jordan Crawford: "Calming influence." Wait wut? [CSN New England]
  • Hoopdata is no more. #2ndsadface [HoopdataTed's Take]

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