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Monumental feat: Wizards, Caps end month undefeated at Verizon Center

Monumental feat: Wizards, Caps end month undefeated at Verizon Center

By beating the New York Knicks 117-101 on Tuesday night, the Wizards extended their home winning streak to an impressive 15 games. That's the second-longest home streak in franchise history and the longest since 1989.

But it's not just them who have been holding down the fort in Washington, D.C. Their Verizon Center roommates, the NHL's Capitals, also have a home winning streak of their own. They haven't lost at home in seven games.

Combine the two and the Wizards and Capitals have gone undefeated through one full month of 2017. The Wizards went 7-0 and the Capitals went 7-0-0. That has to make Ted Leonsis and his ownership group some very happy people.

Let's take a closer look at what the Wizards have accomplished. Below are some notes and numbers to put this amazing run in perspective:

*15 straight is the second-longest home streak in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. The last team to win 15 in a row was the 1988-89 Bullets. That streak ended on April 7, 1989. Interestingly enough, that team didn't make the playoffs.

*The longest home streak in franchise history is 22 straight wins. That was accomplished by the 1974-75 Bullets, the first year they were known as the 'Washington Bullets.' That team went on to win a franchise-best 60 games overall and lose in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.

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*Speaking of the Warriors, only Golden State and the Cleveland Cavaliers have more home wins (21) this season than the Wizards who have 20. Washington is 20-6 at the Verizon Center this season. The Wizards finished January with 12 wins overall, tied for the most among all teams for the month with... you guessed it, the Warriors.

*Washington is also second to only the Warriors this season in field goal percentage at home. The Wizards shoot 49.2 percent, while the Warriors shoot 52 percent. Ranking favorably in shooting percentage with a team featuring all-time great shooters like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant is no small feat.

*The Wizards' 15 straight wins at home is the longest active streak in the NBA. The second-longest active streak is six wins, held by the Miami Heat. Three teams have won nine in a row at some point this season: the Spurs, Cavs and Warriors.

*The Wizards' last lost at home on Dec. 6, 124-116 to the Orlando Magic. They have not lost at the Verizon Center in 57 days. 

*The Wizards' franchise record of 22 games is 30th all-time among NBA teams. They have a long way to go to get within reach of NBA history. For instance, if they win their next game at home and extend the streak to 16, that would put them just inside the top 100 home streaks in NBA history.

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*The NBA record for consecutive wins at home is held by the 2015-16 Warriors who won 54 straight. The 2015-16 Spurs are second with 48 consecutive home wins.

Here is the top 10:

Via Basketball Reference

That's a lot of impressive stats. We'll see if the Wizards can add to the list. Next up is the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at the Verizon Center. Here are the next seven home games of theirs, keeping that 22-game record in mind:

Feb. 2 vs. L.A. Lakers
Feb. 4 vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Feb. 6 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Feb. 10 vs. Indiana Pacers
Feb. 13 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Feb. 26 vs. Utah Jazz
Feb. 28 vs. Golden State Warriors

That's a tough group of teams. But the Wizards have made it this far, why stop now?

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Jodie Meeks

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Jodie Meeks

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

Player: Jodie Meeks

Position: Shooting guard

Age: 30

2017-18 salary: $3.3 million

2017-18 stats: 77 G, 14.5 mpg, 6.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%, 86.3 FT%, 49.1 eFG%, 111 ORtg, 112 DRtg

Best game: 11/29 at Sixers - 21 points, 4 rebounds, assist, steal, 5-for-11 FG, 3-for-6 3PT, 8-for-9 FT

Season review: The Wizards took a flier on Jodie Meeks last summer in what seemed at the time to be a low-risk contract with a potentially high reward, if he could stay healthy and play to his career norms. They were in obvious need of help at backup shooting guard and three-point shooting for their bench.

Meeks fell short of those expectations for a variety of reasons. Though he stayed healthy for the first time in years, he could not make shots at the clip the Wizards were hoping for. His field goal percentage was not far off from what he posted in recent years, but his three-point percentage was nowhere near the 38.8 percent he shot in his previous four seasons.

Meeks bottomed out midseason, shooting 28.9 percent from three in December and 28 percent in January. Those numbers ticked up beginning in February, but Meeks never fully gained the trust of his coaching staff. He rarely got hot enough to alter games and his best stat-lines often came in blowouts. 

There was a domino effect from Meeks' struggles, as starting shooting guard Bradley Beal had no one to spell him. As a result, Beal logged the fourth-most minutes of any NBA player this season.

For Meeks personally, it was a bittersweet year because staying healthy was no small feat. He had a run of bad luck and finally broke out of it this season. On the other hand, he never made the impact he felt he was capable of and that wasn't easy for a guy joining a new team and a new locker room.

Meeks' 2017-18 season was ultimately defined by more than his shooting woes. First, he expressed interest in a trade in February and did not get his wish. Then, he was suspended for allegedy using performance-enhancing drugs after the regular season ended. He was out for the playoffs and will miss the first 19 games of the 2018-19 season without pay as he waits out a 25-game ban.

Meeks may or may not serve that suspension as a member of the Wizards. He has a player option for next season worth $3.5 million. He has yet to inform the team of his decision, but the expectation is that he will pick it up. Given how poorly his season went and ended, it would likely be the smart move financially for him to opt in and hope for better results next season.

Potential to improve: Shooting percentage, perimeter defense, passing

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

Tim Frazier, PG

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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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