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Wizards wilt in 119-94 loss to Heat: Five takeaways


Wizards wilt in 119-94 loss to Heat: Five takeaways

The only team in the NBA to have to play three games in three days this season, the Wizards didn't have it Saturday. They were flat all around as John Wall shot 5 of 17 en route to a 114-94 loss at the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.

The season series ends tied 2-2, preventing the Wizards from locking up a key tiebreaker in what could be a tight finish in the East.

Bradley Beal (19 points) came off the bench again to play 29 minutes, followed by Jared Dudley (16 points), Wall (12 points) and Marcin Gortat (14 points, 13 rebounds). 

Miami (31-24) was playing without Chris Bosh (blot clot) and Dwyane Wade (knee) but relied on Hassan Whiteside (25 points, 23 rebounds), Luol Deng (27 points, 10 rebounds) and Goran Dragic (24 points, eight assists, seven rebounds).

The Wizards (25-29) will be off Sunday and practice Monday before playing a back-to-back set vs. the New Orleans Pelicans and at the Chicago Bulls.

  • Unlike the previous two games when the Wizards locked down their opponents from the get-go, the Heat shot 47 of 96, or 49% %which resulted in double-digit leads most of the way. The Wizards only committed six turnovers but forced just eight, preventing them from getting the transition baskets they need to be at their best. Shooting 3 of 22 on three-pointers and just 11 of 21 from the foul line didn't help, either. 
  • When Wall isn't effective, the Wizards still have trouble finding offense. He only had four assists, his fewest since Jan. 8 in a 97-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
  • Garrett Temple isn't expected to be instant offense, but when he's starting he has to provide more on that end even if it's just 10 points. He went scoreless in 17 minutes (0-for-4). Since Jan. 25, he's 29 of 92 (31.5%). Otto Porter remain an inconsistent third scoring option (seven points). 
  • Deng is proving talk of his demise as an elite player could be greatly exaggerated. He scored a season-high 30 in an upset of the Atlanta Hawks on Friday and follows up with a game like this. With Wade and Bosh unavailable, he has picked up that slack. Can he keep this up? 
  • Markieff Morris, in his second game since being traded to Washington, was 2 of 7 off the bench in 21 minutes (five points). Monday will be the first chance he gets to actually practice. 

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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!