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Keys to the Palace: Handing out our final weekly evaluations

NBA: Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Wizards played five games in the last week and a half of the season. Washington finished 3-2 with wins against every team not named the Miami Heat. Let’s get to the evaluations before the playoffs get into full swing.

Keys to the Palace

Bradley Beal, 23.3 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg

Beal played all games but the season finale against Miami. His highlight was a 33 point performance against the Pistons.

Markieff Morris, 18.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg

Morris finished his 2016-17 regular season on the right note where he also made 63.6 percent of his threes (7 of 11). He only played three games overall, but his highlight performance was against the Pistons last Monday.

Marcin Gortat, 11.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.2 rpg

Gortat was the only starter to play all five games at the end of the season. He also finished it shooting 73 percent from the field.

Kelly Oubre Jr., 11.6 ppg, 5 rpg

Oubre finished the regular season on a high note as he scored in double figures in four of the last five games of the season. His 15 point performance against the Hornets on April 4 was the highlight of his week.

Jason Smith, 6.8 ppg, 4 rpg

Smith shot 41.2 percent from the three point line last week, including a 17 point showing against the Hornets where he made five three pointers. Since Ian Mahinmi will be out due to a calf injury, expect Smith to get his fair share of playing time against the Hawks.

Ian Mahinmi, 5.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg

Mahinmi’s last two regular season games against the Heat last Saturday at home and the Pistons the following Monday were a great way to end the regular season. It’s a bummer he’ll be out for some time to start the postseason. And thank god the frontcourt is heading into the playoffs in good from.

Sheldon McClellan, 6 ppg

McClellan played 35 of his 37 minutes in the season finale against the Heat where he scored 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting. That’s more than enough to give him a key.

Guest passes

John Wall, 21 ppg, 9.7 apg

Wall played the first three games of this stretch, ending with last Saturday’s loss to the Heat. He only gets a pass because of 5 of 18 shooting and 8 turnover performance in his last regular season game.

Otto Porter, 9 ppg, 6.3 rpg

Porter played three of the last games. His best performance was an 11 point showing against the Heat in the regular season finale.

Bojan Bogdanovic, 8 ppg, 2.8 rpg

Bogdanovic’s overall performance wasn’t bad. But considering how hot his start was in D.C., it sound like he finished the regular season with a whimper.

Tomas Satoransky, 5 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Satoransky’s highlight was an 11 point performance against the Pistons.

Trey Burke, 13.5 ppg, 3 apg

Burke scored 27 points in the season finale against the Heat. I wish he could have done more.


Brandon Jennings 3 ppg, 4.2 apg

You would think that Jennings starting in place of John Wall could get him out of his Wizards-long shooting slump. He shot 2 of 15 in the last two games of the regular season.

Not enough time for an evaluation

Daniel Ochefu and Chris McCullough played sparingly. Safe to say that neither will do much during the playoffs.