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Takeways from Wizards' dazzling rout of Nets to get to .500

Takeways from Wizards' dazzling rout of Nets to get to .500

Bradley Beal didn’t play for the fourth time this season, and it turns out the Wizards didn’t need him with Trey Burke setting his season-high.

Burke (27 points) had his best game of the season and was aided by the hustle play of Jason Smith (10 points, eight rebounds) and Marcus Thornton (eight points, five assists) off the bench, too, in a 118-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets to get the Wizards (16-16) to .500 for the first time to end the calendar year.

John Wall (19 points, 14 assists) had his way with Brooklyn, too, and Otto Porter (12 points, four rebounds) got the Wizards out to 57% shooting in the first quarter.

Marcin Gortat (19 points, 13 rebounds) was dominant inside and Markieff Morris (10 points, six rebounds) was an early spark as he took advantage of his mismatch with Trevor Booker (16 points, seven rebounds), who had a good statistical game but a bulk of that came with the game out of reach.

The Wizards end December 10-5 and have won eight in a row at Verizon Center to improve to 13-6 for the season. They lead the season series with Brooklyn 2-0.


-- When the Wizards had to come back to win in Brooklyn 118-113, they had to erase a 66-51 deficit after halftime. They flipped the script in this one almost exactly. They led 66-50 at the break because of 12-0 edge in fast-break points, 13-4 on second chance, 23-17 in rebounding, 57.4% shooting (27 of 47) and 50% on threes (7-for-14).

--Morris picked up three fouls by 4:13 of the second quarter to ruin his rhythm. But he also got away with a shove of Isaiah Whitehead, who had fallen to the floor, that went uncalled or he would’ve gone to the bench quicker. Morris’ early buckets contributed to the fast start as his rolls to the basket were mostly straight lines.  The Nets didn’t stop the ball or the roller in screen-roll action.

--Porter came up limp on a blocked shot on Bojan Bogdanovic (12 points) towards the end of the first half but he started the third quarter. He only scored two after a 10-point first quarter but otherwise seemed OK. He played 31 minutes. Bogdanovich likes to get curls off the ball and catch it running in full stride to the rim, an action that Porter had difficulty defending the first time. The Wizards took those away with good help.

--Gortat had five dunks in the second half because Brooklyn’s coverage of the pick-and-roll was non-existent. He had free dives to the basket and there wasn’t even an attempt at rotating to prevent the finish. Lopez got the better of him in their first meeting when he had 25 points but Gortat dominated this one. The Wizards’ big man made 8 of 13 shots.

--Scott Brooks had to call a timeout after Booker and Lopez drained threes to cut the deficit to 76-65. They responded with consecutive dunks from Gortat and Porter to push the lead back to 15 points at 5:57. Wall responded with a chasedown block of Bogdanovic to prevent a layup and then sliced down the paint and threw down a vicious one-hand dunk over 7-footer Justin Hamilton.

--Wall has 20 double-doubles, 10 coming in December and eight in the last nine games. Wall had a special December last season, too, when the NBA named him Player of the Month. Wall, however, hasn’t won player of the week. Still, he’ll be in the running with averages of 24.5 points and 10.7 assists in 15 games. 

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

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!