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Wizards' Dudley updates injury status


Wizards' Dudley updates injury status

Many athletes have personal Twitter accounts. Some interact with their followers beyond the basics. Even among that subset, the engaging Jared Dudley is rather unique and arguably among the more interesting athlete tweeters in town. The Wizards forward frequently speaks his mind on topics and, as was the case Saturday, opens up the floor for questions. We learned a few things from his latest Q&A -- including when Dudley expects he'll be back on the court.

Acquired from Milwaukee on July 2, Dudley underwent back surgery soon after. The initial timeline specified 3-4 months. Dudley's Twitter response seemingly ends any hopes of a return on the earlier side of that projection.

Late November would mean approximately four months after surgery. Dudley's phrasing - "Latest end of November -" suggests he may return earlier that month. That wouldn't be soon enough for the season opener. The Wizards open the regular season Oct. 28 at Orlando and play 14 games before Dec. 1.

In another tweet, Dudley said he's "feeling great!!! So glad I did the surgery." The Wizards need his ability to shoot from the perimeter and defend other forwards that launch shots from deep.

Washington can fill in the gap on the wing with the likes of Otto Porter, Alan Anderson and potentially rookie Kelly Oubre. However, Dudley is the one proven stretch-4 on the roster.

That's an element the Wizards lacked during the 2014-15 regular season and altogether when Paul Pierce left for the Clippers during free agency one day before Washington acquired Dudley. That's also where the 6-foot-7 veteran prefers playing.

oIn addition to tweeting about his initial thoughts on D.C. and his favorite food (Mexican), Dudley touched on other Wizard related topics during his chat including:

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Ty Lawson is playing a bigger role than anyone could have predicted for Wizards vs. Raptors

Ty Lawson is playing a bigger role than anyone could have predicted for Wizards vs. Raptors

The biggest surprise of the Wizards-Raptors series through two games, at least from Washington's perspective, has to be the fact Ty Lawson has very quickly earned a prominent role in Scott Brooks' playoff rotation.

Lawson, 30, was signed the day after the regular season and after he played much of 2017-18 in China with the Shandong Golden Stars. He did not appear in one game with the Wizards or any other NBA team during the regular season, yet he was the first point guard off the bench in Game 2.

When John Wall picked up two quick fouls, it was Lawson who got the nod, not Tomas Satoransky. Lawson ended up playing 31 minutes, more than Satoransky and fellow backup point guard Tim Frazier have earned combined through two games.

Though the Wizards had three point guards on their bench behind Wall before Lawson even signed, he has apparently surpassed them all on the depth chart. Satoransky is the most surprising, given he played quite well during the regular season.

Satoransky averaged 7.2 points, 3.9 assists and shot a team-best 46.5 percent from three. He had the highest offensive rating (124) on the team.

Lawson, though, played quite well in Game 2. He put up 14 points, eight assists and three rebounds while shooting 4-for-5 from three.

Lawson outscored four of the Wizards' five starters. Not bad for his first game.

"He did everything I knew he was capable of doing," Brooks said. "I’ve seen him do it for many, many years. He’s tough, he’s a competitor. He competes and pushes the pace. He plays defense. I liked the spirit."

Lawson provided a noticeable spark. He is still quick and aggressive with the ball, not afraid to look for his own shot, and played physical defense against the Raptors. Lawson ended the night plus-8 in the box score in a game the Wizards lost by 11.

"It’s good to see him get into a game and be able to produce for us," guard Bradley Beal said.

Given the Wizards lost Game 2 and face an 0-2 deficit in their series, it is likely that Brooks continues to alter his rotation in the coming games. He could go back to Satoransky more often, knowing he had some solid games against Toronto in the regular season, including on March 2 when he had 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Satoransky could see more time at shooting guard or small forward and could play alongside Lawson. That might be Satoransky's best bet because Lawson did nothing in Game 2 to squander the opportunity.

For a team whose effort has been questioned by their head coach, Lawson's energy and urgency was noteworthy. He brought the edge of a guy playing for his NBA career, knowing a good playoff series could earn him a contract next season. 

Clearly, the way Lawson played was refreshing for Brooks given how long he kept him out on the floor. He may have come out of nowhere, but it looks like Lawson is here to stay.




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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:

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