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By the numbers: No stretch which Wizards lineup rocks Raptors


By the numbers: No stretch which Wizards lineup rocks Raptors

This just in: The lineup with Paul Pierce and Otto Porter playing at forward plus John Wall, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat is doing work. The statistical proof beyond the 3-0 series lead. 

  • That unit has played together 30 minutes through three games against the Raptors

  • The look with Pierce playing the stretch-4 -- using a 3-pointer shooter at power forward -- is designed to open the court with perimeter threats around the court, which in turns opens the lane Wall's penetration and pick-and-roll plays with Gortat

Shooting percentage: 48.1 from the field; the Wizards overall are 46.1. Gortat is shooting an insane 70 percent (21 of 30), Porter 63.2 (12 of 19), Pierce 53.8 (14 of 26).

3-pointers: 50 percent (9 of 18) from beyond the arc; the Wizards overall 39.4. Pierce and Porter are 14 of 26 (53.8%) from three this series.

Assists to turnovers: Maybe the most impressive of these stats. The group has 20 assists and only three turnovers for a 6.7 assist-TO rate. By comparison, over the other 119 minutes in the series, the Wizards have 55 assists and 41 turnovers. In two games, the Portland Trail Blazers have 29 assists total. Wall's playmaking wizardry leads the attack. The All-Star has 40 assists (13.3 apg) and 11 turnovers overall. James Harden is second in the playoffs with 8.7 assists.

Steals: Seven with this group. As a team, the Wizards have 16 in three games.

Offensive rebounding: Despite playing with only one traditional big man, this unit has eight -- or two more than the starting lineup that includes Nene (over Porter) and has played nine more minutes than the stretch-4 group. Eight of Porter's 14 rebounds have been on the offensive glass and he one more than Gortat.

Plus-minus: This group, plus-22 in the series. The Wizards are plus-25 overall. (Two other nuggets here: 1) The second best five-man unit (plus-9) is with the same perimeter players, but Nene instead of Gortat. 2) Pierce and Porter have played together 44 minutes this series and are plus-25

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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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