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Heat annihilate Wizards 97-75: Five takeaways

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Heat annihilate Wizards 97-75: Five takeaways

The lack of scorers caught up with the Wizards on Sunday after they posted a disastrous second quarter and scored a season-low in points that allowed the Miami Heat to win easily 97-75 at Verizon Center.

John Wall's streak of double-doubles was snapped at eight (14 points, five assists, no turnovers) and Marcin Gortat was the only other starter to reach double figures in any category (12 points, 13 rebounds). Ramon Sessions (13 points) led bench scorers.

Chris Bosh (23 points) led Miami followed by Goran Dragic (18 points), Gerald Green (15 points), Tyler Johnson (10 points) and Hassan Whiteside (six points, 13 rebounds, six blocks). Dwyane Wade, who went 12 of 15 shooting in a 114-103 loss to the Wizards on Dec. 7, only had eight points.

The game was competitive at the start, but the Wizards (15-17) came unraveled when they went the last 5:35 of the second quarter without a point, missing 13 consecutive times as they went into the locker room 50-31. 

They shot 2 of 22 in the period for seven points, which was just above their worst quarter of the season (six) in a 101-87 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Nov. 25.

The previous low for points was 78 in a Nov. 27 loss a the Boston Celtics.

  • Still think the Wizards don't really need Bradley Beal, who missed his 12th game in a row with a stress reaction in his lower right leg? Think again. Guards Wall, Garrett Temple and Ramon Sessions combined to shoot 14 of 48 (28.5%).
  • Whiteside was not a factor in the first meeting as the Wizards didn't have Gortat, who was on personal leave, and were forced to go with small lineups that feature Jared Dudley and Otto Porter playing in the low post. This time, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra stuck with Whiteside even when the Wizards went smaller. Gortat was ineffective early trying to fade away from a shot-blocker like Whiteside. Four of his game-high six blocks came on Gortat. Whiteside changed shots at the rim, blocking Wall on a drive in transition and altering a shot from Temple.
  • It's difficult to find anything worth complimenting in a game like this but rookie Kelly Oubre (six points, eight rebounds, one steal) entered at 3:58 of the first quarter and stripped Dragic which led to a layup for Wall. On the next possession, he ripped the ball from Luol Deng to disrupt a possession, grabbed the rebound on an eventual missed shot for a layup for Gortat that tied the score at 16. 
  • Wall was hit with a technical foul for the second time in three games. Dragic was in transition and caught a pass and lost his own balance, anticipating Wall's attempt at a shot block. Dragic fell to the floor -- both feet came off the ground -- being untouched and was granted a timeout. It should've been a turnover. This isn't why the Wizards lost but the frustration level that Wall has towards officials is for good reason. See the foul called on his block vs. DeMar DeRozan with 40 seconds of a close game with the Toronto Raptors for Exhibit A. 
  • Porter (six points, six rebounds) reverted to his old habits before his streak of three consecutive games with at least 20 points. He had the open looks from deep again but went 0-for-3. If he's not posting 20-10 games with the Wizards this shorthanded, it's going to be difficult for them to win no matter what everyone else does. That shot is there for him to make, or miss.

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

Blazers guard C.J. McCollum has a theory that may sound familiar to Wizards fans. The star shooting guard now hosts a podcast and said on his most recent episode that he could see DeMarcus Cousins teaming up with John Wall in Washington.

McCollum's Blazers happened to lose in the first round to Cousins' Pelicans, though Cousins did not play in the series due to injury. Now, McCollum has offered thoughts on his future.

Here is what McCollum said about Cousins potentially going to Washington on his Pull Up podcast, as transcribed by SLAM Magazine:

"No slight against the homie. I think he’s a very, very good player. But you just have to look at the team roster and try to figure out what’s best for that roster moving forward...

“I think team success, playoff success, factors in to decision-making with personnel moving forward. Obviously, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, AD will have input on what they decide to do going forward. So that’s something to keep an eye out on in the free agency.

“And if that is the case, Boogie would jump out in to the market as a free agent and be a very hot commodity, and could potentially team up with the Washington Wizards.

“You heard it here first. You heard that here first. You know that Kentucky connection, man. I could see that happening. That’s just something to think about going forward.”

The funny part of those quotes is that McCollum said "you heard it here first." Wizards fans, of course, have been banging that drum since, oh, 2010 when the two were drafted.

As it has often been throughout the last eight years, a reunion of Wall and Cousins is unlikely. Yes, Cousins is expected to hit free agency, but the Wizards currently do not have the money to sign him. They are in the luxury tax and would have to move some big contracts to make room.

Cousins is also coming off a torn Achilles injury. That creates major questions about his future and how much money teams will offer him. 

If healthy, Cousins would fit nicely with the Wizards who will need to get younger at the center position at some point. It just doesn't seem like a good bet given all the factors in play. 

You can listen to McCollum's full podcast here.

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Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

There appears to be at least some chance the Wizards will be without starting small forward Otto Porter when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their first round playoff series on Friday night in Washington.

Porter, 24, continues to deal with a right lower leg strain. The injury is located on the outside of his calf and will require further testing from the Wizards' medical staff to determine his status.

Head coach Scott Brooks addressed the media on Thursday and did not rule out an MRI.

"We don't know as of yet, but he's banged up. So, hopefully we will find out some good news and see how he feels tomorrow," Brooks said.

Porter first suffered the injury on April 10 against the Celtics in the Wizards' penultimate regular season game. He missed the regular season finale, but has appeared in all five games of the Wizards-Raptors series.

Brooks did not make it seem likely that Porter will miss Game 6, but expressed uncertainty.

"Anything is possible," he said. "We hope for the best."

Porter appeared hobbled in Game 5 and has at other times this series as well. After the first two games of the series, Brooks was asked about Porter's health and said that he was "100 percent." It's unclear if Porter suffered a setback in the time between, but clearly that isn't the case anymore.

Porter is averaging just 10.0 points in this series, down from his 14.7 per game season average. Ideally, the Wizards would be getting more than that from their third scoring option.

"We need Otto," Brooks said. "We need Otto to be more of a nine or 10-point scorer for us to win this series."

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