The Wizards believe it or not, have won three of their last four games. They include wins last Monday to the Nets, last Thursday against the Nuggets, and last Saturday against the Bucks. The only disappointing loss was a 124-116 contest to the Magic last Tuesday.
At the end of the day, the Wizards are 9-13, and 11th in the Eastern conference. Yes, they’re still a bit aways from being in the Eastern Conference playoff pack, but they are 6-4 in their last 10 games, which counts for something.
Let’s hand out some virtual hardware.
Keys to the Palace
John Wall, 29 ppg, 4 rpg, 9.3 apg
Wall’s best showing was his 52 point outburst against the Orlando Magic, but he still scored in double digits every game and stole the ball at least twice in each of the Wizards’ last four games. Sure his turnovers could go down a little, but when the ball’s in his hands, good things happen more often than not.
Kelly Oubre Jr., 10 ppg, 6 rpg
Last week, we saw “good Oubre” come to play as he scored 10 or more points in two of the Wizards’ games. His highlight was a 19 point and 9 rebound performance against the Bucks last Saturday. Sure, his three point performance against the Magic could have been better, but as a bench player looking for his fitting, it’s not enough to prevent me from giving him a key.
Bradley Beal, 20.8 ppg, 4.8 apg
Beal has gradually turned into the consistent 20 ppg score we hoped he would be at this point in his career. Better yet, he made 44 percent of his threes (2.8 threes made a game vs. 6.3 attempts.)
Markieff Morris, 14 ppg, 6 rpg
Morris scored in double figures every game, but he didn’t stand out either. That’s pretty much a textbook definition of a pass.
Marcin Gortat, 7.3 ppg, 11 rpg
Gortat has been the Wizards’ most solid bet for a double double every night, but he didn’t reach that last week, even with Ian Mahinmi out of action. Still, he averaged a plus/minus rating of 3.0 so he’s well within guest pass territory.
Otto Porter, 11 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Porter continues to be “sneaky good” with his 58.1 percent shooting efficiency for the week, but I think he could have been a bit more noticeable than he was last week. I was getting use to expecting 15 points and 8 rebounds a game from him.
Trey Burke, Jason Smith, Marcus Thornton
Neither of these three averaged 10 minutes a game last week, but they shot at 50 percent or more in each of the last four games. If they can do that more consistently, that should help give them more consistent playing time as the season goes on. I get that Wizards fans give these three a hard time when they’re playing, but they weren’t so bad last week.
Sheldon McClellan, 7.3 ppg for the Delaware 87ers
McClellan played three games for the Philadelphia 76ers’ D-League affiliate last week where he scored a consistent seven or eight points each time. He did not start any games for the Sevens.eight poi
Andrew Nicholson, 1 ppg, 0 rpg
Nicholson averaged nearly 8 minute s a game last week and had consistent playing time. Yet he failed to grab one rebound. As a power forward, you gotta be able to grab a rebound with nearly 32 minutes of total time on the court...
Too little time for an evaluation
Tomas Satoransky played just shy of four minutes in one game last week. He did nothing of consequence.
Get well soon
Ian Mahinmi and Danuel House are nursing injuries, so get well soon, gentlemen.