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Without John Wall, Bradley Beal and Wizards step up to beat the Raptors in Toronto

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Without John Wall, Bradley Beal and Wizards step up to beat the Raptors in Toronto

The Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 107-96 on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre. Here's analysis of what went down...

Huge early season win: The Wizards needed this one. Having lost four of five, one more loss would have dropped them below .500 for the first time since January.

Bradley Beal made sure that wasn't going to happen. With John Wall sidelined due to a left shoulder sprain, Beal and the Wizards stepped up to earn a big win against a good Raptors team. Now the Wizards return home 5-4 with five of their next six at home.

The Raptors are one of the best teams in the East and have one of the most electric home crowds. But the Wizards were able to overcome the odds and pull out an impressive win.

Beal and Otto stepped up: With Wall out, the Wizards needed others to fill the void and that's exactly what they did. There were a lot of contributors to this win, but Beal and Otto Porter stood out above all.

Beal was dominant in the first half. He had 22 points on 9-of-11 from the field, two of them threes. That included 13 points in the second quarter alone. 

Beal was consistently driving to the rim, finishing with two-handed slams and crafty layups around the rim. He ended up with 38 points and became just the sixth player in franchise history to drop 35 points or more in three straight games, following his 40 against the Suns and 36 agains the Cavs.

Porter had 19 points, nothing crazy, but eight of those were in the first half. He also had five rebounds, two steals and a block.

Major gift: The Wizards didn't have Wall, but the Raptors lost their own All-Star point guard just four minutes into the second quarter when Kyle Lowry was ejected for his second technical. Lowry hasn't been playing well to start this season and had only two points when he was bounced, but his departure made things a lot easier on Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky. 

Lowry, by the way, kissed a kid on his way to the locker room after getting ejected:

Lowry was out for most of this one, plus DeMar DeRozan had an off night. DeRozan had 26 points, but shot 8-for-21 overall and 0-for-5 from three. Beal, Porter and Kelly Oubre, Jr. deserve some credit for that. Oubre also added 10 points and has reached double figures in five of nine games this season.

Morris much better this time: Markieff Morris' season debut against the Cavs on Friday night didn't go so well. He had only two points, shot 1-for-6 and was clearly out of rhythm. On Sunday against the Raptors, he was making an impact on both ends of the floor.

Morris had 10 points and three rebounds in his first 10 minutes. He was only able to play 17 minutes, and finished with a modest 10 points, but he showed in Toronto that he can still make a big difference with limited playing time. The Wizards know it will take weeks before Morris rounds into regular season physical shape, but Sunday was a good sign he is finding his groove.

Up next: The Wizards return home to host Dennis Smith, Jr. and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday at Capital One Arena. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.


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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issues date back to two weekends ago. He was administered two IVs by the Wizards training staff in order to play in a game against the Hawks. Those IVs were given to him due to him being sick and dealing with migraine headaches. But the fluids did not settle correctly and collected in his knee.


Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.


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Markieff Morris loves what he sees from Wizards forward Mike Scott so far

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Markieff Morris loves what he sees from Wizards forward Mike Scott so far

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."


There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

Listen to the full interview right here:

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