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Wizards Update – May 12th

The Washington Wizards had one of their best seasons in recent memory in 2013-14, as they won their first playoff series in some time. The Wizards were able to earn the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, which matched them up with the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the postseason. The Bulls were simply outmatched by Washington from a talent standpoint and the Wizards cruised to a 4-1 victory in the series. The Wizards then found themselves matched up with a struggling Indiana Pacers team in the second round, but unfortunately for Washington the Pacers hit their stride during their series and the Wizards fell 4-2.

The Wizards have to be happy with their season overall, as they went from a non-playoff team in 2012-13 to the five seed this year. Washington looks to be set in the backcourt for years to come with point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal. Wall might be the bigger name, but Beal could be the player that has Washington hoops fans the most excited. The Florida product was able to put together a fine regular season, but really stepped up his game in the playoffs, showing himself not only as a reliable scorer but also a secondary ball-handler that can create off the dribble for himself and others. The Wizards head into the offseason with some big decisions to make in free agency. Center Marcin Gortat, who played exceptionally in the postseason, is set to become a free agent and will likely command big money on the open market. Swingman Trevor Ariza will also hit the free agent market following perhaps his best and most efficient season as a pro. These two players were integral parts of Washington's playoff run, but Washington will have to weight their price and age in deciding whether to retain their services.

Wizards Update – May 5th

The Washington Wizards have surprised a lot of people this season with their high level of play, but anyone that watched closely down the stretch last year saw a team ready to take the next step. The Wizards earned the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and they easily dispatched of the Chicago Bulls in their first-round series. The Wizards then moved on to take on the Indiana Pacers, the top-seeded team in the conference. However, the Pacers have been struggling lately and narrowly escaped an upset at the hands of the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in their first-round matchup. Washington made a statement in Game 1, taking the victory on Indiana's home floor. Shooting guard Bradley Beal was very good in this contest, notching 25 points on the night. Beal has really blossomed in his second season as a pro, showing why the team thought he was worthy of being selected with the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Washington fought hard in Game 2, looking to push the Pacers up against the ropes, but Indiana was able to come through thanks to a big game from center Roy Hibbert. Hibbert had been experiencing a tough go of it in the postseason until this game, when he went off for 28 points. Washington big man Marcin Gortat did everything he could to keep his team in this contest, putting up 21 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough. The Pacers are definitely beatable right now, and the Wizards are hoping to take advantage of that. Washington has shown that they're a well-rounded team that can beat an opponent in a variety of ways. If they can prevent the Pacers from getting some of their mojo back, the Wiz could be in for a trip to the Conference Finals.

Wizards Update – April 28th

The Washington Wizards knew that they had to bring it every night when they drew the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bulls are one of the toughest teams in the league, and while Washington certainly has more talent on their roster the Bulls are the kind of team that can easily defeat a superior team is that team lets their guard down. The Wizards certainly did not let their guard down in their first round series. Washington took both games at home to kick off the series before dropping Game 3 in Chicago. However, the Wizards quickly rebounded and took Game 4. Trevor Ariza went off for Washington in this game, hitting six threes on his way to 30 points. Ariza may not be the star of this team, but he has exploded multiple times this season in this fashion, and Washington is always in great shape when it occurs.

The Wizards then went back to Washington, where they closed out the series in a defensive battle in Game 5. The 75-69 final score (yes, you read that correctly) reflected that it may not have been the prettiest offensive display of the postseason, but it did give the series to the Wiz. Point guard John Wall posted 24 points in the contest, and he has been solid in the playoffs thus far. The Wizards need Wall to be at the top of his game, especially now that the Conference Finals are in sight. The Wizards will get the winner of the Indiana-Atlanta series, and they'll likely be favored against either opponents. Atlanta notched a sub-.500 record in the regular season and the Pacers are imploding, so the Wizards should have a great opportunity to get to the Conference Finals.

Wizards Update – Week of April 21st

The Washington Wizards had their best regular season in recent memory this year, using their combination of young talent and veteran stability to catapult them to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. That seeding earned them a matchup with the Chicago Bulls, a team that may be somewhat lacking in the talent department but makes up for it with good coaching, disciplined play and maximum effort throughout each game. The Wizards got a close game from the Bulls in Game 1, but were able to pull away in the final quarter, outscoring Chicago 30-18 in the fourth. Nene was very good in this game, as the Brazilian big man did a little bit of everything for Washington by racking up 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Center Marcin Gortat also had himself a nice game, racking up a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards. Seven Chicago players scored in double figures in the game, but it was not enough to take down the Wiz.

Washington got another close game from the Bulls in Game 2, this time even closer. Chicago was able to force overtime this time around, but again the Wizards proved to be too much for the Bulls. Second-year guard Bradley Beal has himself a great game, scoring 26 points thanks in part to four three-pointers. Beal has been very good in his second season in the pros, providing point guard John Wall with a complementary backcourt mate. Nene had himself another nice game, scoring 17 points and adding seven boards. Nene did not play much down the stretch due to injury, but it's clear that the Washington big man is feeling fine in the postseason. The Wizards will go back to Washington with a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.

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 pro game.

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 order.

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.

Washington 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.

Wizards 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.

Wizards 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.

Wizards 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.

Washington 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 Team

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.

The Experience

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?

The answer is the great Michael Jordan.

The History

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

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.

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