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This level of production from Gortat won’t get it done

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This level of production from Gortat won’t get it done

After Monday’s Game 4 loss to the Atlanta Hawks to even the series at 2, the Wizards reverted to old habits that dogged them throughout a 46-win regular season that was riddled with inconsistency and occasional turmoil. Namely, the inability to make Marcin Gortat a factor in the middle.

The dives to the basket after getting passes from John Wall in pick-and-roll sets have subsided. Ramon Sessions, who has replaced Wall in the starting lineup since he broke his left hand and wrist in Game 1, doesn’t produce the same results.

Gortat had just three points in the 106-101 loss, his only field goal coming in the final three minutes on a tip-in. Gortat missed his share of chip shots and botched a lob, but with so many jumpers being taken –- and going in early as the Wizards made 10 of 15 from three-point range in the first half –- he never found a groove.

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“I thought they did a good job of when we got the ball inside doubling our post,” said Paul Pierce, who had 22 points and made 8 of 13 shots while Sessions attempted 14 and Bradley Beal 25. “We got to do a better job getting Nene the ball to efficient spots where he can score inside. We got do a better job of getting Marcin Gortat the ball inside. He should have more touches than he had tonight. But that’s on us. We’ll look at the tape and figure this out.”

Nene had his second solid game in a row by making 6 of 8 shots for 12 points. But Nene only had three attempts, the same as Gortat, in the first half when the Wizards trailed 65-55.

Drew Gooden wasn’t efficient, either, as he missed 5 of 6 shots. The Hawks made him put the ball on the floor and try to finish on the move.

A concerted effort was made by the Wizards to get inside in the second half and it changed the tone. They trailed by the same deficit as they did at halftime, 85-75, entering the fourth quarter but mounted their comeback with a 22-8 edge in points in the paint.

“We got to get him continually rolling to the basket,” Wittman said of Gortat. “It was just one of those nights. You’re going to have tough nights like that. “

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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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