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State of the Wizards: Analyzing the bench, other stats to know

State of the Wizards: Analyzing the bench, other stats to know

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Bench continues to struggle - The Wizards' bench has had its moments in recent weeks, to be fair. Jason Smith reached double figures twice (12/14, 12/30) in December and has shown signs of being the midrange shooting, active big man the Wizards thought they were signing. Trey Burke blew up for 27 points (10-for-12 FG, 5-for-5 3P) against the Nets on Dec. 30, more than he had in his previous six games combined. Marcus Thornton has also been decent, shooting 49 percent over his last 10 games.

But for the most part this season, the Wizards' bench has been a relative weakness. And that was once again evident in their losses to the Rockets and Mavericks on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Against the Rockets, the Wizards' bench scored just 13 points compared to Eric Gordon's 31 points off Houston's bench all by himself. Against the Mavs, the Wizards' second unit scored just 15 points while Dallas reserves Devin Harris (17 points) and Seth Curry (16) each had more individually.

It's no secret the Wizards' bench has struggled this season, but here are some numbers to show exactly how bad they have been. The rankings are among the NBA's 30 teams:

- 29th in minutes per game (14.4), second only to Minnesota

- 29th in points per game (23.7), second only to Minnesota

- 21st in field goal percentage (43%)

- 28th in three point percentage (30.9%)

- 30th in free throw attempts (3.8), second-worst team gets 5.1

- 30th in rebounding (10.5)

- 30th in assists (4.7)

- 26th in steals (2.2)

- 30th in blocks (0.9)

- 28th in +/- (-2.8)

That's 10 stats where the Wizards' bench ranks in the bottom-third of the league, including nine where they place in the bottom four. Not good. This Friday, however, the Wizards will play the Timberwolves, who may be the only NBA team with a less productive bench.

Other stats to know - That was pretty stat heavy. If stats are your thing, here are some more I found while doing research this week:

- the Wizards are 2nd in deflections (19/g), second only to the Warriors (19.6)

- Washington is 4th in percentage of points from midrange shots (19.2%), 5th best in midrange shooting (43%) and only five teams attempt more from midrange (23.5)

- they are 5th in screen assists per game (12.1), and Marcin Gortat is 1st among all players in screen assists (7.0/g),

- the Wizards gets the 2nd fewest percentage of points off 3s (22.8%), 2nd only to the Bulls (18.2)

- John Wall is 11th in field goal attempts in the restricted area under the basket (6.8) and tied with Stephen Curry for third in fastbreak points (5.7)

- Wall is tied with Jimmy Butler for third in deflections (4.0/g)

- Gortat is 7th among all players in contested 2s per game (10.2)

- Bradley Beal is 1st in contested 3s (4.6)

- Otto Porter is 13th among NBA players in distance covered, 12,959.3 ft. per game, or 2.45 miles

- Beal hasn't had a double-double since 2/2/15, a span of 108 games

Eastern Conference standings

Stat line of the week: John Wall 12/28 vs. Pacers - 36 points, 9 assists, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 11-for-19 FG, 2-for-3 3PT, 12-for-13 FT

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Quote of the Week

"We felt like they whooped us badly but also you’re just up 20 or 30 points, keeping your star player in trying to get his numbers we kind of didn’t like that. We took that personal. We didn’t have (anything) written on the board. We didn’t say too much. It was a lot more chippy, a lot more trash-talking than it was in the past. As long as we got the win, we’re fine."

- John Wall on Giannis Antetokounmpo after playing the Bucks in a back-to-back set

Tweet (or Instagram) of the Week

Road ahead

Mon. - 101-91 loss at Houston Rockets
Tue. - 113-105 loss at Dallas Mavericks
Wed. - OFF
Thu. - OFF
Fri. - 7 p.m. vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (CSN)
Sat. - OFF
Sun. - 2 p.m. at Milwaukee Bucks (CSN)

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How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

How to watch Pistons at Wizards ‘Predict the Game’ broadcast

The Washington Wizards return to Capital One Arena to host the Detroit Pistons on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at 2 p.m. 

The Wizards are hoping to not only bounce back after suffering from a tough 140-111 loss in Toronto Friday night but also to snap their losing streak at home. Monday’s game will be the Wizards last home, before hitting the road until they return home on January 30th. 

The Wizards currently lead the series 2-1, the Wizards won both matchups against the Pistons on Nov.4 and Dec. 16. However, most recently the Wizards fell short 132-102 on Dec 26th. Will the Wizards be able to win the season series on Monday?

Take your Wizards experience to the next level and get involved in the action with NBC Sports Washington's newest Predict the Game contest.


What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 12-15 questions per quarter that will appear on-screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of each contest will be revealed throughout the game and during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

The NBC Sports Washington Plus presentation will, for the first time, feature special hosts, who will appear at various times to address Predict the Game participants and provide contest updates, information and results. The enhanced experience will contain the majority of the same video and audio (including announcers) as the primary live-game coverage, which will be available simultaneously on NBC Sports Washington.

How do I win? Fans will earn points for both answering questions (1 point) and correct predictions (1 or 2 points, depending on the question), with the top eligible scorer at the end of each game earning or splitting the $500 prize.

Each quarter will be its own contest, with an entirely new leaderboard starting from scratch, so even if fans miss out on the start of the game there will still be plenty of time to play and win. 

Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict.


What: Washington Wizards vs. Detroit Pistons

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 2:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Pistons will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Pistons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


1:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

1:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

2:00 PM: Wizards vs. Pistons (LIVE)

4:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

5:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

5:30 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)


January 6: vs Boston (7 p.m.)

January 20: vs Detroit (2 p.m.)

January 26: at Atlanta (6 p.m.)

February 3: vs Golden State (7 p.m.)

February 11: vs Chicago (7 p.m.)

February 21: vs Cleveland (7 p.m.)

February 26: vs Brooklyn (7 p.m.)

March 3: at Sacramento (10 p.m.)

March 10: vs New York (7 p.m.)

March 18: at Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.)

March 15: vs Phoenix (7 p.m.)

April 1: vs New Orleans (7 p.m.)

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Capitals and Wizards games easily from your device.


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Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

Warriors' Stephen Curry could return from injury on March 1 vs Wizards

According to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II, Steph Curry is aiming to return to play on March 1 when the Golden State Warriors host the Washington Wizards.

This game will be second of a four-game West coast swing, starting in Utah and hitting San Francisco, Sacramento and Portland before returning home.

Curry has been sidelined since Oct. 30 with a broken left hand. He had surgery on Nov. 1 and was ruled out at least three months.

If he does indeed return on March 1, he could play in 22 more regular season games this year. There were rumors that he would sit the entire season, but apparently Curry is focused on a return this spring, according to more from Thompson II. 

"I've been making progress," Curry said via NBC Sports Bay Area during the Warriors game vs Orlando on Saturday. "No setbacks which is definitely encouraging to get back to 100% as soon as possible."

The Wizards vs Warriors game will tipoff at 8:30 p.m. EST.