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The Wizards' first 10 games by-the-numbers, including some good and some bad

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The Wizards' first 10 games by-the-numbers, including some good and some bad

Ten games only equal about 12 percent of a full 82-game season, so no long-term conclusions can be drawn after the Wizards' 5-5 start.

But 10 games is enough to get a snapshot of early-season trends, enough to wonder what is sustainable and what is likely to change.

The Wizards have shown some good and some bad so far.

Here are 10 stats to consider from the Wizards' first 10 games...

67

The Wizards have opponents to shoot 67 percent on shots within five feet of the rim. That is the worst percentage in the NBA. Washington's froncourt players aren't doing a good job protecting the rim and that is being compounded by leaky defense at the perimeter.

28.2

So far the Wizards have been excellent at getting to the free throw line with 28.2 attempts per game.

That's a 27.6 percent increase from the 22.1 attempts per game they had last season and it's good enough for fifth among NBA teams.

John Wall and Bradley Beal have made a major difference so far, each averaging at least two more free throws than they did last season.

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254

Beal is averaging 25.4 points through 10 games and that number would be much higher if it weren't for his four-point outing against the Warriors when he was ejected in the second quarter.

Still, 254 points after 10 games puts him in some exclusive company in franchise history. Only five times has a Wizards or Bullets player had more points through 10 games.

Beal has the most since Gilbert Arenas dropped 285 in 10 games back in 2006-07, 11 years ago.

14

The Wizards lead the NBA with 10 total charges drawn and 1.4 charges per game. With four charges drawn, Tim Frazier leads the NBA in charges per 36 minutes (0.96).

10.6

Washington also leads the NBA with 10.6 screen assists per game. Marcin Gortat leads all players with 6.0 per contest.

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3.5 

Kelly Oubre, Jr. is tied for third in the NBA with 3.5 deflections per game. He leads the Wizards, who rank ninth in the NBA with 14.0 per game. For all the heat they are getting for their defense so far this season, this stat shows the potential they have as a group to disrupt opposing offenses.

10.9

The Wizards haven't been running as much as they would like, but they still rank 10th in fastbreak points per game.

They just know they can be much better, as last year they placed fifth in the NBA with 15.9 fastbreak points per game.

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48.6

Given the percentage opponents are shooting around the rim, it should come as no surprise that the Wizards are giving up a lot of points in the paint.

They are 24th in basketball in the category with 48.6 paint points per game allowed. Last season the Wizards were 15th in the category, so they can definitely get better.

47.5

The Wizards are fifth-worst in the NBA in opponents field goal percentage at 47.5. It was also a problem last season when they were seventh-worst.

49

Oubre has also been very good at shooting from three so far this season, hitting on 49 percent of his attempts. He is making 2.4 threes per game on 4.9 attempts.

If Oubre can shoot threes above 40 percent, that will significantly change his status as an offensive threat.

 

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John Wall said he's not listening to Drake's music during Wizards-Raptors playoff series

John Wall said he's not listening to Drake's music during Wizards-Raptors playoff series

The friendly feud between Wizards guard John Wall and Raptors superfan Drake nearly tilted to Washington over the weekend as the rap star apparently floated the idea of showing up for Game 3 in D.C. 

Drake, in fact, was going to bring with him a prop to show just how confident he was after his team went up up 2-0.

"I told him to be here for Game 3. He told me he was going to be here," Wall said. "He didn't show up. He told me we was getting swept and he said he had the broom for us."

Wall and Drake exchanged trash-talk throughout the first two games held up in Toronto as Drake sat courtside. Their back-and-forth was caught on camera and went viral.

Wall now has the upperhand with the Wizards having won two straight games as the series shifts back to Toronto for Game 5 on Wednesday.

"I wanted him to know that they wasn't going to sweep us," Wall said. "We did what we were supposed to do. We came home and took home court, won two games."

Wall continued to say that him and Drake "are just having fun." He has referred to Drake as a friend in the past and Drake is a fan of the University of Kentucky, where Wall starred during the 2009-10 season.

But that friendship is currently on hold. Wall, in fact, says isn't listening to any of Drake's songs during the series and that includes 'Nice For What,' Drake's latest single. The song is being played everywhere, but Wall is avoiding it. 

"I can't?" Wall said when told he can't get away from 'Nice For What.' "I always have my headphones on."

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How the Wizards have taken Raptors big man Serge Ibaka out of the series on offense

How the Wizards have taken Raptors big man Serge Ibaka out of the series on offense

The Wizards-Raptors first round playoff series has evolved to feature the emergence of several players who started off slowly including Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat and Kelly Oubre, Jr. The opposite has happened for Toronto big man Serge Ibaka.

After Ibaka lit up the Wizards for 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in Game 1, there has been a disappearance. His scoring has gone missing and it's a big reason why the Wizards have won two straight games and earned a 2-2 series split.

Head coach Scott Brooks knows Ibaka well from their days in Oklahoma City. He helped develop Ibaka and has since watched from afar as his game has changed to include a consistent outside game.

Brooks has on several occasions referred to Ibaka as one of the best three-point shooting big men in the league. The numbers back that up. Last season, he shot 39.1 percent from three on 4.0 attempts per game, excellent for a 6-foot-10 power forward.

This season that number dipped to 36 percent, but he hit 41 percent of his threes in his final 16 games of the regular season. That carried over into the playoffs when he went 3-for-4 in Game 1 as part of an 8-for-11 shooting night overall.

The Wizards made a point to take away those outside shots following their series-opening defeat. The way they are doing that is by crowding him when he gets the ball, even if it means him getting past the initial defender.

"You want to make sure you meet him on the catch. You want to take away his shot," Brooks said. "When he gets open shots, they are money. He's going to knock them down... We did a good job of meeting him on his catch and making him put the ball on the floor with his left hand. You can live with the results."

After his 23-point outburst in Game 1, Ibaka has scored just 20 points total in the last three games. He has gone 2-for-6 from three.

The Wizards are taking away his shot attempts in general. He took 11 shots in each of the first two games of this series, but just four in Game 3 and five in Game 4. In Game 3 he had three points and three turnovers and on Sunday he had seven points and four turnovers.

Here are two examples of the Wizards' defense on Ibaka. On this first play, Markieff Morris meets Ibaka as soon as he catches the ball and the result is a turnover:

On this next play, Morris follows Ibaka all the way to the rim and even though he goes up on a pump fake, Morris recovers to alter Ibaka's shot and force a miss:

The Wizards, however, did get away with one against Ibaka. He was left wide open for a three in the final minute, but the shot rimmed out:

As the first two plays demonstrate, Morris deserves a lot of credit for the Wizards' success against Ibaka. He has the size and mobility to keep up with him and is willing to use contact to his advantage.

"Just playing the tendencies," Morris said. "We're making them do things they are uncomfortable with and are getting better results."

Ibaka was fourth on the Raptors this season in points per game and third in shot attempts. He is their third option behind All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. If the Wizards can continue to lock up Ibaka, it will be difficult for the Raptors to beat them.

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