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Takeaways from Wizards' comeback win over Orlando Magic

Takeaways from Wizards' comeback win over Orlando Magic

The matchup with the Orlando Magic is a surprising trouble spot for the Wizards, especially after they’d beaten them 12 consecutive times coming into this season.

Sunday, they almost lost for the third time in four meetings but pulled out a 115-114 victory on 7-for-10 shooting from three-point range in the final 12 minutes to end the season series 2-2.

John Wall (19 points, 10 assists) had a career-high 52 points in the last meeting in a loss, which marked a turnaround for the Wizards who’d go on an 18-3 run into the All-Star break. Bradley Beal (32 points) broke out this time followed by Bojan Bogdanovic (27 points) off the bench. It was Wall's 40th double-double, Bodganovic tied his season high and Beal scored 30 or more for the 11th time. That's seven times more than in his previous four seasons combined.

Bogdanovic buried his sixth three-pointer with 1:06 left off an inbounds play to put the Wizards ahead 112-111.

Orlando (23-40) had a comprehensive effort from Aaron Gordon (15 points, 11 rebounds), Bismack Biyombo (14 points, 15 rebounds), Terrence Ross (20 points), Evan Fournier (18 points), Jeff Green and Mario Hezonja (12 points) and Elfrid Payton (15 points).

The size, defensive abilities and athleticism for Orlando poses matchup problems for Washington as it erased a 17-point deficit, took the lead in the fourth and traded big shots down the stretch.

Gordon can defend Otto Porter (11 points) or Markieff Morris (eight). Biyombo can defend Morris or Marcin Gortat (seven points, 11 rebounds).

Baskets weren’t easy to come by and a team that has had trouble finding offense in Orlando had plenty. They shot 44-for-89 (49.4%).

Fournier converted a three-point play for a 114-112 lead for Orlando until Bogdanovic knocked down yet another three -- on an assist from Wall again -- with 46.8 seconds left.

The Wizards avoided losing consecutive games at home for the first time this season where they’re now 26-9.

--No one player dominated for Orlando, which had seven players in double figures after three quarters as Payton had the most with 14. Their length and athleticism gave them a 22-6 edge in second-chance points entering the fourth. That’s how their role players who aren’t noted for shooting accuracy got their points.

--With 4:24: left in the first quarter, Beal made a stepback three-pointer on Ross, who appeared to take an extra (and unnecessary) step under him long after the ball was released. Beal landed on his foot and rolled his left ankle which caused him to miss one game already this season. Beal left the court but was able to return in the second quarter but his momentum was lost. He was 4 of 5 shooting for nine points until his injury and regained his groove in the second half where he scored 21 points.

--The first points for Brandon Jennings (two points) came in transition. He was drove the lane after the Magic committed a turnover for a layup that  cut the deficit to 96-91. Coach Scott Brooks stuck with a three-guard lineup of Jennings, Wall and Beal during the comeback. Mahinmi took advantage of being defended by the undersized Gordon on the low block for a jump hook. Jennings generated seven assists in 17 minutes.

--Tomas Satoransky (five points) did all of his scoring in the final quarter. Beal found him on a pick-and-roll with Mahinmi wide open and unlike earlier in the season he just took the shot and made a three-pointer. Next time down the floor, Hezonja closed out Satoransky on the three-point line and he beat him baseline for the floater.   

--Gortat played 8:09 in the third quarter but didn’t touch the floor again because of the smaller lineups.

--Bogdanovic made eight of 10 threes. He has made at least six in two of his last three games for Washington. He's 20-for-34 since joining the Wizards at the trade deadline. That's 59% accuracy.

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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

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After setbacks in rehab, John Wall is appreciating the little things in life

WASHINGTON -- John Wall has been all smiles in public when discussing his rehab from Achilles surgery. He has even remarked how smoothly this recovery has gone compared to others he's underwent in the past.

But his road back from a ruptured left Achilles has not been entirely free of obstacles. He revealed to NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards Talk podcast recently that he dealt with an infection that delayed him getting out of his walking boot.

That was already weeks after he first had surgery to remove bone spurs from his heel in January. He had a series of infections following that procedure, one of which helped doctors discover his Achilles had torn during a fall in his home.

Wall can admit now after the fact it was a difficult time for him.

"I've just put in a lot of hard work," he said. "For me to be where I'm at right now, with all the setbacks and infections and then finding out my Achilles was ruptured and then going through another infection, it was like 'man, when can I ever get past that point of just getting out of the boot and walking?'"

What made that last part particularly frustrating was where Wall makes his offseason home. He summers in Miami, a place notorious for its humidity.

"I was in Miami during the summertime in a boot. Like, man, I don't want to be in hot Miami in a boot, sweating," he said.

Nowadays, things are much better for Wall. He is doing on-court work at the Wizards' practice facility. He can shoot jumpers and do individual ball-handling and passing drills. He can jog and lift weights.

After months of waiting to just have his walking boot come off, Wall is very appreciative to simply be able to do anything on the basketball court.

"Just to do the ball-handling and be able to shoot and do the weight-lifting, that's a great aspect [of my progress]. It makes it easier for me because I'm in a great space where it's fun," he said. 

"I'm able to do what I'm able to do, even if I'm not playing at a high speed and running up and down, I'm able to shoot and do ball-handling. That's what I love to do."

Wall continues to make progress, now nine months removed from the Achilles surgery he had on Feb. 12. He is likely to be out at least three more months, and he could miss all of the 2019-20 season.

At some point, Wall may get restless, but he continues to preach patience towards his return. When asked by Chris Miller if he will start bothering the coaches soon to play, he said he's just happy to be back on the court in practice.

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Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

Moe Wagner isn't the only Wizards with a questionable golf swing

With the grind of the NBA season preparing to get underway, the Washington Wizards are spending some time off the court as a way to relax and have some fun. On Monday, the team headed to Top Golf to take some hacks, and we were treated to a breakdown of each player's swing.

As you can see, some like head coach Scott Brooks have a pretty smooth swing. However, the same cannot be said about others.

Take for example Moe Wagner. 

The newly acquired Wizard started off promising with a solid stance, bent knees and all. But, the wind up showed that there were clearly some quirks in his mechanics. Then, the worst thing possible happened: a missed ball. No one will really judge if the swing isn't the prettiest, considering his job is to play basketball, but to come up empty hurts.

Wagner wasn't alone in his misfortunes, however. Jordan McRae also had some trouble getting his club to connect with the ball. But, as they say, third times the charm.

As for other poor swings, Davis Bertans and Thomas Bryant had success hitting the ball, it just didn't look all too pretty.

For Bryant, he may be taking the concept of getting a low, solid base, quite too literally. With Bertans, the movement on his back leg followed by a quick swing is, well, interesting to say the least.

But, fear not, Washington does have a few players who at least look like they've picked up a golf club before. 

Even rookie Rui Hachimura showed off a pretty decent stroke.

While the videos did provide a good laugh, it's safe to say that most of these guys shouldn't quit their day jobs.

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