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By the numbers: Efficient Wizards turn over series

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By the numbers: Efficient Wizards turn over series

Examining the numbers from the Washington Wizards' 104-98 road win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of their best-of-7 series

Defense

  • The Hawks scored 37 points in the first quarter, the most by any opponent against the Wizards this season. Atlanta had just 35 in the entire second half.

  • The Hawks  opened the second half with a Kyle Korver basket, but things went downhill from there. Atlanta shot 25 percent from the field after halftime, its worst shooting half in any game this season. 

  • Though the Wizards guarded, this might be a case where a team simply missed shots. Atlanta attempted 98 field goal attempts overall. According to NBA.com, 53 were "uncontested," which is defined as taken without a defender within 3.5 feet. Of those 53 attempts, the Hawks made 15 (28.3 percent). Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Kyle Korver finished 3 of 21 on uncontested shots.

  • DeMarre Carroll dominated the first half with 21 points thanks to a 5 of 6 start from beyond the arc. With Otto Porter and Paul Pierce taking turns defending on him, Carroll missed his final three 3-point attempts and scored three points in the second half.

  • Washington faced an All-Star point guard for the second straight series. After limiting Kyle Lowry's offense in the first round, the Wizards did the same to Jeff Teague in Game 1. Teague finished 4 of 14 from the field, shooting 2 of 7 in each half. John Wall's effort on both ends of the court was impressive especially considering he banged his left wrist while bracing himself on a fall in the first half.

Valuing possession

  • Limiting turnovers was the primary discussion point during Saturday's media session before the team flew to Atlanta. The Wizards committed only eight in Game 1.

  • Wall finished with two turnovers after averaging a whopping 6.8 during the four games in the regular season.

Backcourt ballers

  • With an assertive style and willingness to drive into a sea of defenders Bradley Beal worked his way to attempting 10 free throws, making eight. The 10 attempts matched his regular season-high. Beal 10 of 11 in the Game 4 win over Toronto, meaning he's 18 of 21 over his last two games. He took 19 during the opening 12 games of the season after returning from a left wrist fracture.

  • Wall recorded 13 assists in Game 1, running his total over the last four games to 55. That's the third-best four game span for the point guard during his career. He had 59 in two separate four-game stretches during the 2014-15 regular season. Wall is averaging 12.6 assists in the postseason and 12.9 over his last 11 games dating back to March 29.

Helping out

  • With Nene struggling (zero points), Drew Gooden admirably stepped up with 12 points, five rebounds and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes. Washington improved to 16-3 this season when Gooden makes a three. Using Pierce as a stretch-four receives the headlines, but Gooden provides a similar spread-the-court shooter at the power forward slot.

  • Otto Porter finished with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double in the NBA. The small forward made 2 of 5 from beyond the arc and is 7 of 15 during the postseason.

Big picture

  • Facing Atlanta and Toronto, Washington is now 5-0 in the playoffs. The Wizards went 1-6 against those teams during the regular season and the lone win came late in the campaign against the Hawks when Atlanta rested all of its starters.

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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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