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Hornets roar back to top Wizards again 108-104: Five takeaways


Hornets roar back to top Wizards again 108-104: Five takeaways

Jeremy Lin's thee-pointer with 29 seconds left held off a late charge by the Wizards, who blew a 19-point lead to lose at the Charlotte Hornets for the second time this season.

Charlotte (25-26) went on an 18-4 run during a five-minute stretch of the second quarter led by Nicolas Batum (26 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists), Kemba Walker (23 points), Spencer Hawes (14 points) and Marvin Williams (13 points, 10 rebounds).

In three meetings, the Hornets have won two of them to give them the tiebreaker edge with one meeting left. In a 101-87 loss to Charlotte on Nov. 25, the Wizards only scored six points in the fourth quarter.

John Wall (23 points, 10 assists) led the Wizards (22-27) followed by Bradley Beal (22 points), Otto Porter (20 points), Marcin Gortat (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Jared Dudley (10 points).

  • With Wall at the foul line, 2.8 seconds left, no timeouts and down 106-103, he had to make the first free throw but miss the second. He accomplished the first feat but botched the second. Wall slammed the ball off the backboard which is a violation. He had to hit the iron to give Drew Gooden and Gortat a chance at the putback to tie the score. Wall was caught by Batum's screen to free Lin for the clutch three, seeming surprised on the after-timeout play in which Lin buried an open shot on the dribble handoff.
  • The Hornets went on a 16-2 run to take the lead 68-66 on a putback dunk from Batum. The pace and movement went out of Washington's offense which only could get jump shots and not easy buckets in transition. Gary Neal came in to give them a shot in the arm and he missed an off-balance jumper fading to his right and then hit the back rim on a three-point shot. Neal was 1 of 7 in 15 minutes. But this game was lost when the Wizards allowed a 10-1 run entering halftime. They led just 58-48 when it should've been much greater.
  • Playing in his first set of back-to-back games since his stress injury Dec. 9, Beal came off the bench to control his minutes after playing 32 on Friday. He had seven points in eight minutes through the first three quarters and dropped in 15 in the fourth quarter. Beal isn't settling for long jump shots and instead has been keeping his dribble alive and using hesitation moves to create opening as he did with his pullup over Williams to cut the deficit to 101-100. He played a total of 20 minutes.
  • Porter, who had reached just double figures once in the previous five games, had 17 points in the second quarter alone. With Beal still being restricted with his minutes, the Wizards must have him as a reliable third scoring option to take pressure off Wall to do everything. Porter had eight rebounds and four steals, too, showing the activity that he lacked in the last game vs. the Sixers. But he was invisible in the second half where he only scored two points and made a significant error. In a two-possession game with more than enough time left and Charlotte overplaying the three-point line, Porter forced a three-pointer that required him to double clutch. If he'd put the ball on the floor and driven to the basket, the lane was there.
  • Dudley had a hot start as he made 4 of 5 shots but was a non-factor after that in 27 minutes. 

MORE WIZARDS: Sessions dishes to Porter for and-1

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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.

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