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From bench, Temple sees Wizards finally trust in game plan


From bench, Temple sees Wizards finally trust in game plan

In what coach Randy Wittman calls a "very, very intense" practice sessions Friday, everyone participated and that included Garrett Temple who last played March 9 because of a right hamstring strain. 

Temple told CSNwashington.com two days ago that he expected to be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals after he missed the entire four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors in thew first round. 

"I'm a little more careful this time after what happened last time," said Temple, who had a setback during an individual workout that prevented him from returning for the final week of the regular season as he'd hoped. 

The Wizards play the winner of the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets, who meet in Game 6 tonight. If Atlanta wins, the Wizards will leave after practice Saturday morning to prepare for Game 1 Sunday at Phillips Arena at 1 p.m. ET. 

"Whichever team we play, they have perimeter guys that can get hot," Temple said. "My role is going to be defense, first and foremost."

Temple, the Wizards' best one-on-one perimeter defender, and DeJuan Blair were the inactives in the first round but that list could change pending the matchups and health.

The Wizards were able to come together and lock down the Raptors despite not having his 6-6 frame on the floor.

"Focus and attention to detail," Temple said of what changed for his team watching from the bench. "It started in the first two practices right before the playoffs. ... It carried over to the court. We followed the game plan to a tee and it worked.

"Sometimes when you don't do anything hard and with aggressiveness none of it is going to work no matter what you do. ... We tend to change up the game plan on the court and not try to let it work for us. If it doesn't, then we let the coaches adjust accordingly. In this past series against Toronto, coaches adjusted and we were able to do whatever they said. From the start, we followed the game plan."

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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