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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 39 - Tim Frazier joins the show, training camp recap

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 39 - Tim Frazier joins the show, training camp recap

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast, point guard Tim Frazier joined the show to talk about his first few days with the team. 

Frazier told the story behind him and Jodie Meeks living in the same building and why he is spending a lot of time at Meeks' place. Frazier also described his game and personality as Wizards fans get to know him.

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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John Wall's return vs. Grizzlies shows exactly what the Wizards were missing

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John Wall's return vs. Grizzlies shows exactly what the Wizards were missing

Prior to John Wall's return after missing nine games on Wednesday night, head coach Scott Brooks remarked how he's often amazed at Wall's ability to regain his form quickly after sitting out. In his experience, many of the great ones can do that. It took Wall a quarter against the Grizzlies, but he didn't take long to back up that claim.

Wall erupted for nine points in the second quarter and by the end of the game served many reminders of why he is the straw that stirs the Wizards' drink. Even after two knee procedures and the rust of almost three weeks off, Wall rocketed past opponents to the rim with ease. Though he had just four assists, not even half of his season average, Wall's ability to penetrate opened up opportunities for everyone else.

All five Wizards starters reached double figures, including Wall who had 14. Despite amassing just 93 points as a team, the Wizards earned a win over the Grizzlies and showed potential to be the well-rounded offense we have grown accustomed to in recent years.

"I think it was cool," Wall said of his knee and his first game back. "We got the win, so that was key."

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Wall's nine-point second quarter included several quick drives to the rim, one that ended with an emphatic left-handed slam, his favorite way to finish.

Wall also hit a three in that frame and swiped a steal. His best play may have been a block on Chandler Parsons in the fourth quarter. Wall crossed the paint to stuff Parsons, who is four inches taller than him, off the backboard.

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Overall, Wall didn't appear limited at all by his left knee, which was administered platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections on Nov. 25.

"When I come off an injury, I do not think about it," he said. "If I am going to be out there thinking about it then that means I do not need to be out there playing because I am limiting what I can do thinking about that too much, and it is hurting my teammates, so I just go out there and play basketball and try not to think about it at all.”

Having Wall back in the lineup was of course appreciated by his teammates and Coach Brooks as well.

"He gave us a boost," Brooks said. "He made some amazing plays, blocked shots like I've never seen a point guard do ever and he makes it look easy."

There was plenty not to like about the Wizards' performance on Wednesday night, even though it resulted in a win. They coughed up a 17-point lead to a terrible Grizzlies team and only won by six points. But having Wall back is a huge step towards them getting past their recent woes and becoming the team they know they can be.

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Wizards edge Grizzlies, but barely, in John Wall's return to lineup

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Wizards edge Grizzlies, but barely, in John Wall's return to lineup

The Washington Wizards beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-87 on Wednesday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Wall returned: The Wizards had John Wall back on Wednesday night for the first time after a nine-game absence and he helped lead them to a win over the Grizzlies, despite the fact he was restriced to just 28 minutes. Wall played decent with 13 points (6-for-15 FG) and four assists, but his return wasn't enough to solve everything for the Wizards, who are in a considerable rut at the moment.

They once again let a lesser team give them a real challenge. This time the Wizards were able to win after not being as lucky in their previous two games, but a six-point win over the 8-20 Mike Conley-less Grizzlies is no major achievement.

The Grizzlies have lost 16 of their last 17 games, yet they battled back from down 17 points to take a two-point lead, their first of the game, at 67-65 with 8:53 left. The Wizards would pull away with a 13-0 run sparked by threes from Mike Scott and Bradley Beal. They are now 15-13 on the season.

As for Wall, he took a while to get going but once he did he reminded the Wizards what they were missing. Wall had nine points in the second quarter, including a three and one of his trademark lefty dunks:

Wall can get past anyone, even when he's in the first game back from two knee procedures.

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Satoransky still in the rotation: One interesting byproduct of Wall's return is what head coach Scott Brooks does with Tomas Satoransky, who played well in a backup role during Wall's absence. We got that answer quickly in the first quarter when it was Satoransky and not Tim Frazier who came in first to spell Wall.

Satoransky was okay, he had three points, two assists and four fouls in 15 minutes. But the fact he played more minutes (15) than Frazier (five) is telling. The second unit thrived with Satoransky running point when Wall was out and Satoransky seemed to play well enough to earn a larger role.

That may end up forcing him to play some shooting guard or small forward, but for one night he was still getting point guard minutes. Whether he has officially earned Brooks' trust yet or not remains to be seen. The leash could be short, as we've seen the past two years.

No offense: The first half of this one was not one for those who like scoring. The Wizards had a so-so half with 41 points on 41.9 percent shooting, but the Grizzlies were absolutely dreadful. They had 12 points in the first quarter and 17 in the second to total 29 at the half.

The 12 points in the first were the fewest allowed by the Wizards in a quarter this season. The 29 points at halftime were the fewest the Wizards have surrendered in a half since 2012. The Wizards deserve some credit for their defense, as Memphis shot just 27.8 percent in the first half, but the Grizzlies are generally terrible on offense. They entered the game 29th in the NBA in points per game.

Mahinmi, Morris out: Just when they got Wall back, the Wizards saw another starter go down with an injury. Morris was held out with a sore right hip and Scott started in his place. It's unclear if the hip injury is related to anything else he's dealt with in recent months, between a sprained left ankle and sports hernia surgery, but it wouldn't be surprising.

Ian Mahinmi missed his second straight game with a right knee strain. Brooks said before the game that Mahinmi had a clean MRI, so he likely won't be out long.

Scott keeps balling: Moving from the bench to the starting lineup didn't slow Scott, who continues to be on fire. He had 10 points and five rebounds and shot 4-for-7 from the field and 2-for-4 from three. Over his last five games, Scott has 58 points and has shot 25-for-33. That'll do. 

The fact the Wizards signed him to a veteran's minimum continues to amaze.

Up next: The Wizards get a much-needed day off Thursday with no game and no practice. They pick back up on Friday night by hosting the Clippers, who beat them on Saturday in L.A. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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