Wizards Update – Week of April 14th
The Washington Wizards had a very good regular season, earning the fifth
seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs thanks to a 44-38 record. The Wizards have made some big moves over the last couple
of seasons, acquiring big men like Nene and Marcin Gortat that have contributed to this year's success. Perhaps the biggest
reason that the Wizards have played so well this season is point guard John Wall. Wall was taken by Washington with the top
pick in the NBA Draft a few years ago with the hope that he could develop into a star player, and he has shown that he is
well on his way in 2013-14. Wall has taken his game to the next level this season, scoring and distributing the ball at will.
His backcourt mate, Bradley Beal, has also been a huge contributor for this Wizards team in just his second season in the
The Wizards have a tough matchup coming their way in the first round of the playoffs, where they'll take on
the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have persevered through losing two of their best players this season, Derrick Rose to injury
and Luol Deng to a trade. Center Joakim Noah has elevated his level of play, becoming the focal point of an offense that relies
on sharing the ball and team play. The Wizards almost certainly have more talent than Chicago, but talent does not always
win out. The Bulls have one of the best head coaches in the entire National Basketball Association in Tom Thibodeau, who has
helped keep the team more than afloat. The Wizards will have to find a way to score efficiently in their series with Chicago,
as the Bulls are one of the top defensive units in the league. If they can do that, a trip to the second round could be in
Wizards Update – Week of April 7th
The Washington Wizards have clinched a spot in the postseason,
and it looks like a good bet that they'll finish with the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Wizards have
had a very successful regular season and they're hoping to pull off an upset in the first round of the postseason. They won't
have to play one of the two powerhouse teams in the conference, Miami and Indiana, and could have a chance to play a very
beatable team. One reason the Wizards have had such a successful 2013-14 campaign has been John Wall. Wall has really taken
the next step in his development at the point guard position, emerging as a star player in the nation's capital. Wall has
a solid supporting cast, though, headlined by second-year guard Bradley Beal. These two youngsters are the core that this
Wizards will build around, and will be great for these two players to get some valuable playoff experience this postseason.
won two of their three games last week, squeaking one out against a New York Knicks team that is trying to sneak into the
last spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Wizards entered the fourth quarter down in this game, but they played
well down the stretch thanks largely in part to Beal, who dropped a total of 28 points in the contest. Beal has had himself
a very good second pro season after a promising rookie campaign. He definitely has the potential to develop into one of the
best shooting guards in the NBA in the very near future. The Wizards fought off 32 points from JR Smith in this game, as Smith
has been playing well as of late. Washington will look to finish the regular season strong as they head into the postseason
for the first time in years.
Wizards Update – Week of March 31st
The Washington Wizards have clinched
a playoff spot thanks to their winning two games last week. Washington's first win of the week came against the Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers have been struggling as of late after playing well for most of the season, though they're still essentially a lock
for one of the top two playoff seeds in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards had a big third quarter to take control of the
game, and the team got a nice performance out of point guard John Wall, who tallied 20 points and eight assists in the game.
Wall has been the biggest reason for the team's success in 2013-14, as he continued the momentum that he created down the
stretch last season and is experiencing a breakout campaign this year. Wall is becoming a true star player, and the Wizards
are definitely a team on the rise on the Eastern Conference as a result.
Later in the week the Wizards were able to
take down the Atlanta Hawks, who are having a hard time keeping a hold of a playoff spot. Wall was magnificent in this contest,
racking up 25 points to go with seven boards and six assists. Veteran Drew Gooden, who has been playing well lately, have
Washington 29 quality minutes off the bench, hitting all five of his shots from the floor and finishing with 16 points and
eight rebounds. The Wizards bench will likely be a big factor in just how high this team can fly in the postseason. Washington
could match up with a variety of teams in the first round of the playoffs, including the Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and
Brooklyn Nets. The Wizards will look to finish the regular season strong and get the best playoff seed possible.
Update – Week of March 24th
The Washington Wizards slipped a little bit in the Eastern Conference playoff picture
last week after dropping three of their four games. Washington dropped their first game of the week in overtime to the Sacramento
Kings. The Wizards saw all five starters score in double figures in this game, and they got 18 points off the bench from Drew
Gooden. The veteran forward has been big for the Wizards off the pine as of late, though his contribution was not enough to
outlast the Kings in overtime. Sacramento got big games from their three best players, as Rudy Gay, Isiah Thomas and DeMarcus
Cousins all notched 24 points in the winning effort. Thomas notched a triple-double in this one by adding 11 rebounds and
10 assists, while Cousins had a double-double with 14 boards. With these three players, the Kings appear to have a solid core
to build around going forward.
Washington got their lone win last week when they took down the Los Angeles Lakers out
west. John Wall has himself a monster game in this contest, scoring 28 points and adding 14 assists. Wall is having a breakout
season in 2013-14 after finishing last season strong, and he is elevating himself to the upper echelon of point guards in
the National Basketball Association. Six other Washington players finished this game in double figures, as the Wizards have
shown that they are capable of putting together some great team efforts throughout the season. Joie Meeks and Nick Young were
both able to drop 21 points apiece for the Lakers, but it was not enough to outdo the Wizards and their all-around effort.
The Wizards need to continue to win games if they're going to hold onto a playoff spot in the East, though.
Update – Week of March 17th
The Washington Wizards are fighting for one of the top four spots in the Eastern
Conference right now, but the team was unable to gain much ground last week thanks to a 2-2 mark. The Wizards kicked off the
week against the Miami Heat, currently slotted in the number two spot in the East. The Heat are the reigning champs in the
NBA and have won the Eastern Conference Championship three straight times. LeBron James was a lot to handle for Washington
in this game, notching 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. James shot an efficient 10 of 15 from the floor as he
continues his excellent season. The other two members of Miami's big three posed a problem for the Wizards as well, as both
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade dropped 22 points in the game. Washington got some solid efforts from their bench in this game,
seeing 15 points from Drew Gooden and 17 points form Martell Webster, but their starters could not do enough to steal a victory
away from the Heat.
Later in the week the Wizards eked out an overtime victory over the Orlando Magic. The Magic are
a team stocked with young talent, and Orlando got a nice 21 point effort from Tobias Harris in this game. Rookie Victor Oladipo
also came off the bench to score 15 points and six assists, but it was not enough to outdo the Wizards' all-around performance.
Four Washington players scored at least 19 points, and John Wall (21 points, 11 assists) and Marcin Gortat (19 points, 14
rebounds) notched double-doubles. Washington has been getting some great production out of their starters, but they're going
to need their bench players to step up if they hope to earn the third or fourth seed in the postseason.
Update – Week of March 10
The Washington Wizards are currently in the middle of the pack of teams in the Eastern
Conference playoff picture, and while the team kicked off the week with a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, they followed that
up with consecutive wins. The Wizards matched up with the Utah Jazz on March 5th and were able to come out on top. Utah is
not one of the best teams in the league, but they've got a roster filled with talented youngsters that are finding their way
in the National Basketball Association. Washington forward Trevor Ariza has been on fire lately, and he continued that trend
in this game, dropping 26 points on nine of 14 shooting (4 of 6 from distance). Bradley Beal chipped in 22 points of his own,
keeping up his solid sophomore season. John Wall dished out 10 assists, and the Wizards were able to outdo Utah in this one.
took down the Milwaukee Bucks three days later. The Bucks have the worst record in the Eastern Conference, but in the NBA
you can't take anyone lightly. Ariza was at it again in this one, scoring 28 points thanks in part to five three pointers.
Ariza is having his best season since coming to Washington, and it could not come at a better time. Beal scored 23 in this
one, and Wall chipped in 13 assists. Wall has shown an increased maturity this season, both in his game and in his demeanor.
He has been a huge reason for the Wizards' success this season, and fans have to be glad that the organization already has
him locked up to a long-term deal. The Wizards are looking very solid right now and should continue to be in the hunt for
home court advantage in the first round of the postseason.
Wizards Update – Week of March 3rd
Wizards continued their strong play of late by securing victories in all three contests in which they played last week. Washington
kicked off the week with a match against the Orlando Magic. While the Magic have one of the worst records in the Eastern Conference,
this is a team with loads of young talent, and they'll beat teams that sleep on them. The Wizards were fortunate enough not
to take this opponent lightly, as they emerged victorious by a score of 115-106. Jon Wall was magnificent in this game, scoring
27 points accompanied by five rebounds and seven assists. Wall was just one of four Washington starters to eclipse the 20-point
mark in this one, as Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza all scored often in this contest. Ariza in particular has
been playing very well as of late, giving the team time to develop rookie Otto Porter without rushing him into too much one-court
action. The Magic got 26 points out of rookie Victor Oladipo and a double-double out of center Nikola Vucevic, but it was
enough to take down the Wizards.
Washington traveled north of the border later in the week to face the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors have been a hot team lately, and these two clubs are both in the mix for the third playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference. This contest proved to be a battle, as the Wizards needed overtime to tame the Raptors. Wall again came up big,
posting 31 points and nine assists in the game. There is no question that Wall is showing himself to be a star in the making,
and he might already be there. Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan did everything he could to stave off the Wizards, notching a game-high
34 points, but Washington would prevail in the extra period.
Wizards Update – Week of February 24th
Washington Wizards on the verge of breaking into the top half of the playoff teams in the Eastern Conference, something that
would greatly benefit this team, as it would give them home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Wizards
won three of four games this past week, their first victory coming against the Atlanta Hawks, a club that has been struggling
as of late but could still reach the postseason in the weak East. The Wizards jumped out to an early lead in this contest
thanks to a 31-14 first quarter. John Wall had himself yet another fantastic game fresh off winning the dunk contest during
All-Star Weekend. Wall torched the Hawks in this one, dropping 21 points and dishing out 12 assists. Bradley Beal chipped
in 19 points of his own, and big man Marcin Gortat contributed a double-double. Paul Millsap and Elton Brand notched double-doubles
of their own for Atlanta, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep the game close.
Wall would light it up again later in
the week when the Wizards took down the Cleveland Cavaliers in in Cleveland. The emerging star point guard was able to contribute
21 points while adding nine assists. Beal added 17 points of his own while avoiding a single turnover in the game, showing
his efficiency and caution with the basketball. Washington was dealt a major blow in this contest, however, as Brazilian big
man Nene went down with an MCL injury that could keep him sidelined for up to six weeks. Nene might not put up the flashiest
of numbers, but he is a major part of this Wizards team. He'll need to focus on getting healthy by the time the playoffs come
around, because Washington is going to need the versatile big if they're going to contend with the best teams in the East.
Wizards Update – Week of February 17th
The Washington Wizards are looking as good as they have in several
years, and fans in The District are about as excited as they've been in a decade. This Wizards team has a great mix of young
talent and veteran stability, the kind of concoction that makes this team a dark horse in the Eastern Conference that also
has a high ceiling. The Wizards went into the All-Star break on the heels of a heartbreaking loss to the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets are one of the better teams in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, so it was somewhat of a victory to see
the Wizards push Houston to their limit in this one. It took a James Harden layup with little time left to down Washington
in this one, so it's easy to see that the Wizards are on the cusp of something special.
Harden led all scorers in the
game with 35 points, but Washington got one heck of a performance out of forward Trevor Ariza, who notched 32 points and 11
boards in the contest. Ariza is prone to sporadic explosions like this, and to see it come against a quality opponent is certainly
encouraging for Washington hoops fans. John Wall posted 14 assists in this game to go along with 19 points while avoiding
any turnovers along the way, which is very impressive. Wall had himself a nice All-Star Weekend as well, winning the NBA's
slam dunk contest with a nifty dunk that impressed everyone in the arena. The Wizards will depend on their young point guard
to lead them to the postseason in 2013-14 as the season begins to hit the stretch run. The Wizards are a team that a lot of
people have faith in right now, and for good reason. It will be interesting to see just how high this group can climb in the
Eastern Conference standings.
Wizards Update – Week of February 10th
The Washington Wizards are
in contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference this season, and the team bettered their position on February 1st
when they took down the Portland Trail Blazers at home. The Blazers have been one of the NBA's surprise teams this season
and look like a real contender out West, but that didn't stop the Wizards from working their magic on LaMarcus Aldridge and
company this time around. Washington point guard John Wall led the team in scoring, dropping 22 points while dishing out five
assists. Trevor Ariza chipped in 20 of his own to help put the Wizards over the top in this one. Washington did a great job
containing the Portland bench, holding Blazers non-starters to six total points. This win put the Wizards record above the.500
mark for the first time in four years, showing that this team is really headed in the right direction.
Two days later
the Wizards took on the San Antonio Spurs, another one of the top teams in the deeper Western Conference. The Wizards hung
tough the whole game, only to see it slip away after forcing overtime. John Wall did everything he could to stave off defeat,
tallying 29 points and nine assists in the game. However, Spurs big man Tim Duncan proved to be too much for the Wizards,
dropping 31 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, showing yet again that Father Time is finding it difficult to catch the
ageless Duncan. Considering that the Spurs are a veteran team with one of the best coaches in the league, it's not a surprise
that they were able to pull ahead in OT, but the fact that Washington contended with one of the best teams in the NBA speaks
volumes about the development of this squad.
The Washington Wizards - Schedule in 2013-14
Wizards are ready to hit the court for another magical season of NBA basketball. The Wizards have high hopes for the 2013-14
campaign after the team finished last season strong, and fans are looking to see their beloved Wizards reach the postseason
this year. The Wizards have a nice mix of veteran leadership and young talent, the kind of mixture that can make Washington
a playoff team right away, but one with a high ceiling as well. That is the kind of situation that one doesn't see many teams
have around the National Basketball Association. The team will rely heavily on the improvement of their young backcourt, a
duo of point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal. Wall played extremely well down the stretch last season, showing
himself to deserve a hefty raise, which he received in the off-season via contract extension. Beal struggled a bit to start
off his rookie year but eventually settled into a groove and show himself to be the sweet-shooting, all-around guard that
many teams coveted in the 2013 NBA Draft. These two players are looking to fuel this team in 2013-14, and if they can come
through consistently then the Wizards should be in the hunt for the postseason. The Wizards were unable to make the playoffs
last year, but that was mostly due to a fluky slow start. With the overall talent on the roster, Washington should find themselves
in a position to succeed this season. Wizards fans are sure to flock to the Verizon Center for all the biggest games in 2013-14.
Washington has some huge match-ups on the docket at home this year, so make sure to check out the schedule.
will surely look forward to when the Miami Heat come into the Verizon Center this season to play ball. The Heat have won the
last two NBA titles and are looking to add a third consecutive championship. They won the Southeast Division title last season
as well, so if the Wizards want to capture the division crown then they're going to have to go through Miami. While this is
no easy task, the Wizards should look to exploit their advantage at the point guard position. Miami's Mario Chalmers is a
solid player, but a role player all the same. John Wall should be able to outdo Chalmers and give the Heat some real problems
with his quickness and ability to finish at the rim. If the Wizards' wing players can contain LeBron James and Dwyane Wade,
Washington could be in for some huge victories against a division rival and a team that many consider the favorite to win
it all this season.
Another team the Wizards will look forward to hosting this season is the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks
finished in second place in the divisional race last season and could be a threat to do so yet again. The Wizards have more
talent than the Hawks on paper, but that doesn't always mean talent wins out on the court. The Hawks are a well-coached bunch
that feature some real blue collar players that do a lot of the dirty work that helps teams win. Point guard Jeff Teague is
a player on the rise in the Eastern Conference, so it will fall on the shoulders of Wall to outmaneuver this Atlanta point
guard. The Wizards definitely have enough good players to send Atlanta home with some losses this season, and fans will head
to the arena to see if the team can do just that.
The Washington Wizards are a professional hoops
team that is a member of the National Basketball Association. The Wizards are a member of the Southeast Division of the Eastern
Conference, and find themselves matched up against divisional foes like the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte
Bobcats quite often. The Wizards are hoping to climb in the ranks of the Eastern Conference this season, and there's good
reason to think they could do so. The Wizards finished the 2012-13 season with a flurry of victories, and the team is looking
to carry that momentum into this season. With a stunning, young backcourt in John Wall and Bradley Beal, the future is very
bright in Washington, but the present could be as well. The team has a lot of veterans that will contribute this season and
help show the young guns the way in the NBA. This should be a great season of Wizards basketball as this team contends for
a place in the postseason in the East.
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What NBA legend played two seasons with the Washington Wizards when he was a part-owner
of the team?
The answer is the great Michael Jordan.
The Washington Wizards are a professional
basketball franchise that is a member of the National Basketball Association, the best pro hoops league you'll find anywhere
in the world. The Wizards were founded in 1961 as the Chicago Packers and spent more than 20 years as the Washington Bullets
before changing their name to the Wizards in 1997. The franchise has won four conference titles over the years and earned
one NBA Championship.
The fans of the Washington Wizards are as loyal as they come, rooting for
their team no matter what the score or the team's record. These fans pack into the Verizon Center for all the biggest games,
ready to cheer with everything they've got from their spot in the stands.