Wizards Update – Week of March 3rd
The 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.
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
The 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.
– 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
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
The Washington 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.
The Wizards 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.
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.
When it comes to watching NBA basketball, the only way to
do it is live and in person, and that is because it's the only way to truly appreciate what these amazing athletes are capable
of. These are the best basketball players on the planet, and their skills are on full display each and every time they take
the court for an NBA game. The Washington Wizards roster is fully stocked with talent this season, and the chance to see them
in person is simply too good to pass up. Head to the Verizon Center to see why NBA action is so popular among sports fans.
What NBA legend played two seasons with the Washington Wizards when he was a part-owner of the team?
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.