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Grading out: Where Ramon Sessions stands at All-Star break


Grading out: Where Ramon Sessions stands at All-Star break

A spark off the bench, Ramon Sessions has been the most consistent in his first full season with the Wizards after being traded here almost one year ago.

Sessions has scored 12 or more points 19 times, often playing with John Wall in fourth quarters as the offense tends to work better with him on the court.

The stats: 9.9 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.5 rpg, 47% FG

Offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions): 102.5

Defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions): 105.2

Net rating: minus-2.7

The Wizards lose a step defensively when he's on the floor but the pace of the game changes for the better when he's on the floor. The one area in which he's better than anyone is getting to the foul line. Sessions plays 20.4 minutes and gets there four times per game, second-most on the team behind Wall.

Grade: A-

If Sessions' three-point accuracy was better (31.5%), he'd get a higher mark but throughout his career he hasn't been a long-range shooter. The pace-and-space really helps him and his activity has been responsible for a few wins already. Sessions is performing at an optimum level most nights though going into the break he dipped. 

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!