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Keys to the Palace: Five Wizards have standout performances during four-game win streak

Bradley Beal didn’t have the best week shooting the ball. But multiple other players stepped up in his absence.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Wizards raced to a four-game win streak last week after home wins against the Blazers and Grizzlies. They then started a road trip which started with a nationally televised win over the Knicks last Thursday and a buzzer beating loss to the Pistons on Saturday.

The Wizards are 23-20 which is within the Eastern Conference playoff pack. With Washington on a four-game win streak and seven of their last nine, fiveWizards players earned keys. Two of them are reserves!

Keys to the Palace

John Wall, 24.3 ppg, 10.8 apg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 spg

Wall’s numbers remained Wall-esque as you might expect throughout the week. He also played strong in the clutch against the Knicks with this rebound and fast break dunk.

Otto Porter, 17.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Bradley Beal had a bad week shooting the ball, and Porter stepped up to fill in the void. He shot over 50 percent for the week, and made 58.6 percent of his threes. Let me also add that Porter averaged 4.3 made threes out of 7.3 attempts a game. Somewhere in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Emma Meesseman is giving two thumbs up for approval.

Markieff Morris, 16.8 ppg, 10 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.5 bpg, 1.3 spg

Morris had his best week statistically last week. His best performances were early in the week when we had two consecutive double doubles. Keef has generally been the “weakest” starter this season. But this last week, he also stepped up when Beal’s shooting efficiency went down.

Jason Smith, 9.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Smith has emerged as the Wizards’ top post player off the bench. His production, especially as a scorer went up as the week went on. His best shooting performance was a 16 point performance on 6 of 9 shooting against the Pistons. He also made two of three three-pointers!

Kelly Oubre, 10.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg

Oubre scored in double digits in three of the Wizards’ four games last week. His best performance was against the Trail Blazers last Monday when he scored 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting and made three shots from long range.

Guest Passes

Marcin Gortat, 9.3 ppg, 9 rpg

Gortat has remained consistent as always. His minutes went down from the high 30’s to a shade under 30 minutes a game last week. So don’t be too alarmed that Gortat didn’t average a double double.

Bradley Beal, 15.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 1.8 spg

Beal shot 7 for 11 last Monday against Portland, but his shooting efficiency went down the drain after that. It’s tempting to say, “Hey! He played like crap!” because of his scoring numbers. However, he was consistent as an assister where he dished four or five assists a game and he remained solid on defense. He gets a pass for a below average week.

Trey Burke, 4.8 ppg, 1.8 apg

Burke’s playing time went down after Monday’s Trail Blazers game when he played 20 minutes. But he did continue to shoot at a decent rate when he was on the court.

Tomas Satoransky, 3.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg

Sato’s best performance was against the Blazers when he scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes of play. After that, he only attempted three shots in 34 total minutes in the rest of the week.

Too little time for an evaluation

Sheldon McClellan and Daniel Ochefu played sparingly last week. Marcus Thornton did not play at all.

Out due to injury

Get well soon Ian Mahinmi and Danuel House.