The Washington Wizards have played four games in 14 days and the team has used the extended time off well. After going 1-1 the prior week in the team’s only two games, Washington hoped for a better record with similar circumstances facing them again. With Bradley Beal (shoulder) out over the last few games, among others, Washington has been using the extra days to rehab its players and the added time off proved profitable this week. Third-year forward Otto Porter continued to show flashes of his improvement as he paced the team with consecutive solid games. The AFRO recaps the 4th week that was for the Washington Wizards.
Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) works to get around Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Nov. 17: Wizards School Bucks, 115-86
A Tuesday night home game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 17 highlighted a rising Bucks team against a playoff-tested Wizards squad. Milwaukee features a slew of young and talented players but it wasn’t impressive enough to stop a 37-17 second-quarter Wizards run on the way to a 115-86 victory. Six players scored in double figures for Washington, paced by Porter’s 19 points and four rebounds. Washington shot greater than 50 percent from long range and saw the lead swell to 34 points before riding their reserves out in the final period. John Wall added 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds as Washington enjoyed a flawless night, out-scoring Milwaukee, 18-2, in fast break points. The Wizards forced 19 Milwaukee turnovers as they finally turned in consecutive strong defensive performances, holding back-to-back opponents under 100 points for the first time this season.
Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario (42) drives on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Nov. 21: Wizards Defeat Pistons in Close Win, 97-95
Washington headed to Detroit on Saturday, Nov. 21 to square off with another team on the rise: the Pistons. But the game wasn’t as easy as week’s earlier bout with the Bucks. Both teams were fairly even for most of the night but Washington’s bench was the deciding factor in a 97-95 victory. The Wizards reserves outscored Detroit’s, 51-15, as veteran big man Nêne came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 18 points. Reserve guard Ramon Sessions added 14 points, nine assists and four rebounds. Detroit’s Marc Morris missed a potential game-winning three-pointer with one second left, and Washington held on to improve to 6-4 on the season. Nêne was able to turn back the clock on Father Time and poured in a solid effort which helped Washington absorb a dismal night from its star backcourt. Beal returned from a shoulder injury but combined with Wall to shoot just 7-of-19 from the field as the young duo recorded just 15 points combined. It was Beal’s first game back since playing against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 7 and while his return wasn’t as productive as the fourth-year guard would’ve liked, his return to the lineup was positive for the club.
Next – After playing only four games over the last two weeks, the action will pick up for the Wizards in the upcoming days. Washington will host a home game against the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 24 before they host the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 28.