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Wizards blow out Kings behind John Wall's three-point barrage

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Wizards blow out Kings behind John Wall's three-point barrage

The Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 110-83 on Sunday night at the Golden 1 Center.

Here's analysis of what happened...

In Total Control:

The Wizards were coming off two losses entering Sunday, including one against a bad Lakers team, and it was clear very early in this one they weren't letting that happen again.

This time the Wizards took care of business against a lottery-bound team and completely blew the Kings out of the water. They began the game with a 13-0 lead and were up by 31 at halftime. 

The Kings looked absolutely dreadful. John Wall (19 points, nine assists) was far too much for fifth overall pick De'Aaron Fox, who missed his first five shots and finished 1-for-8 with two points. Sacramento had 32 points after two quarters with no players in double figures.

The Wizards had some built-up frustration from their losses to the Lakers and Warriors and the Kings felt the brunt of that. It was easily the Wizards' best game of the season so far.


Wall's Jumper was Grooving:

Wall came into the game shooting just 36.8 percent from the field, but the Kings simply couldn't stop him. He was hitting midrange jumpers with ease and tied a career-high with five three-pointers. Wall made his first five threes before missing one. After going 4-for-21 from three in his first five games, Wall was 5-for-6 against the Kings.

There was much anticipation for Wall's games against Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick, and Lonzo Ball, the second pick in this past June's draft. But it was against Fox that Wall had his best performance. There's some irony there in that Fox is a very similar player, as Wall has even said himself. Both are 6-foot-4 with blazing speed and from the University of Kentucky. 

All of the Threes:

Wall wasn't the only Wizards player lighting it up from long range. After their breakout game of 15 threes against the Warriors, the Wizards kept it going against Sacramento with 17 threes. The franchise record is 18, set back in 2013. Otto Porter (16 points) had three and Kelly Oubre, Jr. (nine points) had two. Nine different Wizards players hit at least one three. 

Sunday was unusual, but it was only a matter of time before the Wizards broke out from three. Now they just need Bradley Beal to wake up, as he's just 6-for-24 on the year. Some team sometime soon is going to pay for that.

Scott's Tots:

The Kings didn't have a chance from the very start, but Mike Scott helped the Wizards' build their big lead in the first half. At one point Scott scored 11 straight points for the Wizards including a nice fadeaway in the lane.

Scott finished with 14 points. After going 2-for-10 against the Lakers, Scott is 10-for-16 in his last two games with 27 points and 11 rebounds. He's making a big impact off the bench.

Up Next:

The Wizards finally return home after a lengthy West Coast trip. They will have two days off before hosting the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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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!