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Takeaways from Wizards' blowout win over Sixers

Takeaways from Wizards' blowout win over Sixers

Playing with his right pinky finger taped, John Wall went for 11 points in a game-changing third quarter for the Wizards as they drew even in their season series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday with a 109-93 win, giving them their 11th triumph in a row at Verizon Center. They’re 16-6 at home.

The franchise’s last 11-game home win streak came in 1989 by the then-Bullets. 

Wall drained three three-pointers in a 30-15 third quarter and came within range of a triple-double (25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists) but didn’t play in the fourth quarter as the Wizards (20-19) went back above .500.

He entered this game after a terrible performance in the Wizards’ loss in Boston, when he shot 4-for-21 with a swollen left wrist and a pinkie that was out of place.

Wall shot 9-for-17 in this one and was followed by Bradley Beal (20 points, four rebounds), Markieff Morris (14 points, nine rebounds), Marcin Gortat (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Otto Porter (10 points, six rebounds).

Jahlil Okafor (22 points) led Philadelphia (12-26) and Ersan Ilysavoa (18 points, seven rebounds) was a difficult cover early. Ilyasova, however, didn’t score in the second half. No other starter scored more than Robert Covington (seven points).

--When the Wizards made their run to start the third quarter, they suffocated Philadelphia’s offense by forcing the non-three-point shooters, T.J. McConnell, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Gerald Henderson, into launching low-percentage shots.

--Ilyasova is a matchup problem because he’s too big and strong for the likes of Porter and too good of a three-point shooter to leave uncovered which knocks Morris and Gortat outside of their comfort zone. But Ilyasova didn’t score in the second half when he shot 0-for-4.

--The Wizards only had six assists on their first 23 made shots. It was an indication of Wall and Beal having to get points on their own to keep them in it. They combined for 32 in the first half on 12-for-23 shooting.

--Nik Stauskas (two points) was caught vs. Gortat on switches on two occasions and the Wizards couldn’t get a bucket out of it. But they made the Sixers pay for such gambles in the second half when Gortat had eight points and six rebounds in the pivotal third. Stauskas scored 15 in their Nov. 16 meeting, won 109-102 by Philadelphia. He shot 1-for-8.

-- Foul trouble reared its head for Morris yet again. He only had one in the first half, but he had two within a 120-second span of the third quarter to put him in foul trouble. He’d dropped in a corner three that helped the Wizards get out to a 7-0 run to start the third and force a timeout by the Sixers.

-- Nerlens Noel picked up two fouls in the last 35 seconds to give him five in 13 minutesplayed. But he also had six points and 12 rebounds. 

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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!