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This level of production from Gortat won’t get it done


This level of production from Gortat won’t get it done

After Monday’s Game 4 loss to the Atlanta Hawks to even the series at 2, the Wizards reverted to old habits that dogged them throughout a 46-win regular season that was riddled with inconsistency and occasional turmoil. Namely, the inability to make Marcin Gortat a factor in the middle.

The dives to the basket after getting passes from John Wall in pick-and-roll sets have subsided. Ramon Sessions, who has replaced Wall in the starting lineup since he broke his left hand and wrist in Game 1, doesn’t produce the same results.

Gortat had just three points in the 106-101 loss, his only field goal coming in the final three minutes on a tip-in. Gortat missed his share of chip shots and botched a lob, but with so many jumpers being taken –- and going in early as the Wizards made 10 of 15 from three-point range in the first half –- he never found a groove.


“I thought they did a good job of when we got the ball inside doubling our post,” said Paul Pierce, who had 22 points and made 8 of 13 shots while Sessions attempted 14 and Bradley Beal 25. “We got to do a better job getting Nene the ball to efficient spots where he can score inside. We got do a better job of getting Marcin Gortat the ball inside. He should have more touches than he had tonight. But that’s on us. We’ll look at the tape and figure this out.”

Nene had his second solid game in a row by making 6 of 8 shots for 12 points. But Nene only had three attempts, the same as Gortat, in the first half when the Wizards trailed 65-55.

Drew Gooden wasn’t efficient, either, as he missed 5 of 6 shots. The Hawks made him put the ball on the floor and try to finish on the move.

A concerted effort was made by the Wizards to get inside in the second half and it changed the tone. They trailed by the same deficit as they did at halftime, 85-75, entering the fourth quarter but mounted their comeback with a 22-8 edge in points in the paint.

“We got to get him continually rolling to the basket,” Wittman said of Gortat. “It was just one of those nights. You’re going to have tough nights like that. “

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the Wizards' 0-2 deficit and how Bradley Beal and Otto Porter need to play better.

They went into the potential change in the starting lineup, why the Wizards are doing so poorly on defense and the historical odds the Wizards are now up against.

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!

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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait


Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

One thing rapper Drake has been known for is being a very vocal sports fan, that always seems to make himself the center of attention.

He also seems to be a fan of just about any team that happens to be winning at the moment. 

He's been seen in everything from Kentucky gear at a basketball game, to Alabama and Texas A&M football apparel (seriously, just Google "Drake bandwagon fan" and take a look).

One team he's always seemed to stay loyal to though is his hometown Raptors. Especially when it comes to yelling at anyone he can on the other team.

First, it was John Wall having a back-and-forth with Drake on the court.

Now, it seems to be Kelly Oubre that gets to help Drake suck up more attention on social media. 

After C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer during the fourth quarter of Washington’s 130-119 loss Tuesday night, the cameras caught him doing what he just can't help himself from doing.

Oubre though, doesn't take it personally, even when it was pointed out to him postgame.

Maybe it's because Oubre wants to start his own fashion line, and hopes to have Drake help promote it.

Maybe it's because Oubre doesn't want to ever show up on a Drake diss track (even though he apparently deleted this tweet from a long time ago right after the game).

Or Maybe Oubre is just being the bigger man.

Either way, it's safe to say this trend will continue for Drake and whoever his next Wizards target is on the court.

Given Drake's history though, if the Wizards come back and win the series, will we see him in a Wall or Oubre jersey?

Considering all the bandwagons he's jumped on, it would surprise very few if it happened.