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Takeaways from Wizards' blowout win over Pistons

Takeaways from Wizards' blowout win over Pistons

After having no identity in the first part of the season, the Wizards appear to have found one. They played their most disciplined game of the season Friday, committing just five turnovers and followed the lead of John Wall and Bradley Beal in a 122-108 win over the Detroit Pistons in front of 15,573 at Verizon Center.

They were the first opponent to score more than 100 points on Detroit in eight games. The Pistons were allowing just 95.7 points per game, second fewest in the NBA, but the Wizards reached 95 after three quarters.

John Wall (29 points, 11 assists, three steals) led the way with Beal (25 points, four assists) in support. Marcin Gortat (12 points, 14 rebounds, four assists) continued to get the better of his matchup with Andre Drummond as the Wizards won for the sixth time in eight games of the series.

Markieff Morris (11 points, four assists), Otto Porter (15 points, eight rebounds, three assists), Marcus Thornton (11 points) were the other players to reach double figures.

The Wizards (11-14) have won four of their last five games and will have a chance to have their first three-game winning streak of the season when they face the L.A. Clippers on Sunday.

Detroit (14-14) was led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (24 points), Jon Leuer (17 points), Tobias Harris (14 points), Drummond (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Reggie Jackson (14 points).

--Through three quarters, the Wizards had just one turnover and ended up with six. Their previous low this year was nine. Last year, it was six and in 2014-15 season it was five. Coming into the game, the Pistons committed the fewest in the league (12). They only had nine in this game. The miscues came into play when mostly reserves occupied the floor late.

--Even off made baskets, Wall kept pace into the game. He drew Jackson’s fourth foul at 7:03 of the third. Aron Baynes picked up his fourth on Wall’s drive into traffic with 2.6 seconds left. Baynes had three fouls in just four minutes of the first half alone. Wall went to the foul line 12 times. He made nine.

--Morris started out well after missing the last game with a sore right foot. He had three assists in a matter of minutes, but he also picked up two quick fouls to park himself on the bench. Early foul trouble off reach-ins has been a bad habit all season. But he was a force in the third quarter on both ends, including stuffing his brother’s drive on a fast break with a block, to get the Wizards ahead by as many as 18 points at that point. He only needed to play 18 minutes while Kelly Oubre played starter's minutes off the bench with 34.

--Wall contested three shots on help, an indication of his multiple efforts, to prevent baskets. One was on Caldwell-Pope who’d made his two previous three-point shots. The other was on Harris as he had a clean run to the rim for a dunk that back-rimmed as a result of Wall’s challenge.

--Jason Smith had another good start off the bench, but he left at 7:21 of the second quarter with a strained right hamstring, walked to the locker room and didn’t return to the bench. He was 2-for-2 in five minutes and has found his groove offensively. Instead of running screen action with Thornton, Smith ran it with Beal who automatically gets trapped. That opens the look for Smith when he pops mid-range because all of the attention that Beal draws. Thornton doesn’t command such a scheme which minimizes Smith’s ability in that situation. Despite his injury, coach Scott Brooks didn’t go to Andrew Nicholson much until the game was out of reach in the fourth.

--Tomas Satoransky had registered six DNP-CDs (did not play coach’s decision) but played five minutes in the first half. He didn’t take a shot but he took the floor at the three spot – not as a point guard – initially as he was used as a playmaker/extra ball-handler. Satoransky had two assists. He shifted to point guard when Trey Burke left the floor and Beal returned.

--Beal’s first three-point shot, which came at the 4:07 of the second quarter for a 53-42 lead, gave him his 500th of his career. Only two players have reached that benchmark in franchise history, Antwan Jamison and Gilbert Arenas.

--The bench, led by Thornton, had 30 points. Oubre (seven points, six rebounds) went back to his reserve role and played a major part in the Pistons' starting forwards shooting a combined 6-for-24 from the field.


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Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put Tyler Perry in a room with a bunch of NBA players? If so, we have the answer. 

During the Wizards' road trip to Chicago in January, the famous actor/producer/writer surprised several players in their hotel room and compared heights with them the whole time. 

Perry, who's used to being the tallest in the room at 6'5", was dwarfed by the likes of Thomas Bryant and Johnathan Williams. 

"I ain't ever been in a room where I'm the short guy," Perry said as he greeted all the players. 

There were a couple of players who Perry had the height advantage on. Bradley Beal admitted he was shorter than Perry during the video, while Perry didn't have a doubt he was taller than Gary Payton II. 

"Oh, you're short," Perry joked after Payton revealed his height. 

You can find more of this kind of inside access into the Wizards' trip to Chicago, where the "Wire-to-Wire" special will air on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Ish Smith, Moe Wagner and Scott Brooks will be mic'd up and featured throughout a condensed version of the Wizards' loss to the Bulls in mid-January. 

"The thing is, you look at celebrities as celebrities, but they look at our players as celebrities," Brooks said. "But you could tell that [Perry], he had their attention. Not a lot of times our guys are willing to wait after our breakfast meeting. But they waited around for him so it was really cool to see that."

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How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

The Wizards head to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors. Before that, fans can enjoy inside NBA access in the debut of 'NBC Sports Wire to Wire'.

'NBC Sports Wire to Wire' will debut Sunday, Mar. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and feature a one-hour condensed game of the Wizards matchup with the Bulls from mid-January. The twist is players and coaches on both sides were mic'd up during the game. 

Ish Smith, Moe Wagner, and Scott Brooks are featured from the Wizards side, while you'll be able to hear Coby White, coach Jim Boylen and former Wizard Tomas Satoransky as well. The broadcast will deliver a mix of on-court audio and sit-down interviews. 

The Wizards fell to the Bulls 115-106 in the game in question. In a head-to-head matchup between two eventual All-Star snubs, Zach LaVine got the best of Bradley Beal, scoring 30 points on 12-21 shooting to get his team the win. 

If you recall, Beal questioned the Wizards' culture after his team dropped what he called a 'winnable game.' Since then, the Wizards are 7-6 and before the All-Star break, were playing some of their best basketball.

Beal has also been exceptional since Washington's last loss in Chicago, so perhaps there's a bit more insight into what went on that game that one, caused Beal to call out his team after the game, and two, sparked one of the best runs of play for the Wizards all year. 

So remember 6:30 p.m. on Sunday before the Wizards-Warriors game. And if you aren't able to catch it the first time, the special will be re-air later Sunday evening at 11:30 p.m.

Here's everything you need to know to tune into the game Sunday and how to watch the Wire to Wire broadcast afterward. 


What: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors 

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA

When: Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. ET

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

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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards vs Bulls

7:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

8:30 PM: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors

11:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

11:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards @ Bulls


Wizards: John Wall (OUT/Achilles), Thomas Bryant (OUT/foot)

Warriors: Marquese Chriss (Day-to-day/calf), Draymond Green (Day-to-day/hip), Steph Curry (Day-to-day/hand), Klay Thompson (OUT/knee)

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