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Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Minnesota Timberwolves to end road trip

Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Minnesota Timberwolves to end road trip

The table was set perfectly for the Wizards to chance at 5-0 on a road trip for the first time in franchise history. They trailed by 21 for the second game in a row.

The Wizards (41-25), after erasing an 11-point deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns, a 15-point deficit to the Sacramento Kings and 21 to the Portland Trail Blazers, lost 119-104 to end a five-game winning streak at Target Center on Monday night.

John Wall (27 points, five assists) led Washington but it still had trouble getting stops as the Timberwolves shot 45-for-86, or 52.3%, including 10-for-21 from three-point range (47.6%).

Karl-Anthony Towns (39 points, 13 rebounds) led all scorers as Minnesota (28-38) never trailed. Five other players had double figures, with Ricky Rubio (22 points, career-high 19 assists) setting the table. Nemanja Bjelica (16 points, 10 rebounds) sparked the second unit.

A lob to Markieff Morris (11 points, seven rebounds) cut the deficit to 102-96 in the fourth quarter but Towns was too much down the stretch. He made a three-pointer and then two free throws to push the lead back to double digits and seal it.

Andrew Wiggins (15 points) had 41 points in their first meeting but was held relatively in check as he shot 5-for-15. 

Bradley Beal (20 points, seven rebounds), Otto Porter (11 points, six rebounds) and Bojan Bogdanovic (12 points) rounded out Washington’s effort. Marcin Gortat (seven points, four rebounds) was limited to 23 minutes of action.

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--Wall got the whistles. He went out of his way to create contact and he was able to get to the foul line and shoot 14-for-19. In the previous game, he was 10 of 12. 

--The Wizards couldn’t turn any of the Timberwolves’ early turnovers into points. They only had three off their first 11. During one, Beal had a breakaway dunk but missed it in the third quarter. In the end,they had just nine points off 15 giveaways from Minnesota. 

--Porter passed on at least two potentially good looks from three on catch-and-shoots. He opted to put the ball on the floor to attack the defender but wasn’t as successful. The NBA's leading three-point shooter only went 5-for-12 overall and only took three threes. The Timberwolves have had the league's best defense since the All-Star break in points per game allowed and field-goal percentage.

--Beal’s minutes were restricted to 33 in Portland despite that being an overtime game. He logged 38 tonight but only shot 3-for-11 from three-point range.

--Ian Mahinmi (five points, seven rebounds) defended Towns when the Wizards made their runs, but he’s not used to defending a big who shoots threes. He hesitated on a closeout late in the fourth that produced a three for Towns and a 105-97 lead. Mahinmi fouled out with 3:24 left after 21 minutes of play. Towns' next three, with Mahinmi off the floor, stretched the lead to 110-98.

--Bogdanovic and Beal were 4-for-17 shooting threes, and as a team they were 7-for-26. Overall, Bogdanovic and Beal shot 10-for-31 which is why the offense couldn't overcome the deficit. Still, the Wizards broke 100 points for the 32nd time in 33 games.

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Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson


Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jerome Robinson

The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...

2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jerome Robinson

School: Boston College
Position: Shooting guard
Age: 21
Height: 6-5
Weight: 188
Wingspan: 6-7
Max vertical: N/A

2017/18 stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.5 FG%, 40.9 3PT% (2.3 3PT/5.7 3PA), 83.0 FT%
Player comparison: Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 29th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 17th

5 things to know:

*A three-year player at BC, Robinson developed into a big-time scorer before making the leap to the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points as a sophomore and then 20.7 points as a junior while improving his shooting percentages across the board. He went from 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore to 48.5 in 2017-18.

*Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter. After shooting just 33.3 percent as a sophomore, he got that up to 40.9 percent as a junior and on 5.7 attempts per game. That trajectory bodes well for Robinson's chances at the next level.

*He has a quick release on his jumper, giving him the ability to be effective on catch-and-shoot plays off screens. Robinson could develop into a reliable scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands as a primary focus of the offense. He also showed the ability to throw down some powerful dunks and finish with creativity at the rim. He didn't record a vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but playing above and around the rim didn't appear to be a problem in college.

*Though it didn't show in his last season at Boston College, Robinson was adept at forcing turnovers in his first two years. He averaged 1.6 steals per game across his freshman and sophomore seasons and 16 times in his career had three steals or more in a game.

*Questions for Robinson would include his versatility and speed. Some draft evaluators wonder if he will be able to get separation off the dribble at the NBA level. Also, he put up decent rebounding and assists numbers in college but didn't exactly stand out in either category.

Fit with Wizards: Robinson would give the Wizards depth at the shooting guard position and they need that. He could help Bradley Beal pare down his minutes and offer a scoring punch off the Wizards' bench. The Wizards could use a reliable shooter to help space the floor for Kelly Oubre, Jr. and others in the second unit.

The problems with Robinson's fit would be his lack of positional versatility and what appears to be a relatively low ceiling. He's not the freak athlete that some of his counterparts are at shooting guard. If the Wizards are choosing between Robinson and guys like Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker IV, they could view the latter two as more enticing because of their potential. Robinson would represent a safer pick while others could pay off big-time and have a greater impact on the franchise in the long-term.

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More draft prospect profiles:

Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky

Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State

Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State

Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke

Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami

Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IMG Academy

Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton

Chandler Hutchison, SG/SF, Boise State

Kevin Huerter, SG, Maryland

Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky

Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon

Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova

Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan

Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA

Keita Bates-Diop, SF, Ohio State

For more on the NBA Draft, check out our latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Draft prospect profiles on Moe Wagner, Michael Porter, Jr., Grayson Allen and more

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes was joined by Nick Ashooh and Stefon Marquis to talk NBA Draft. 

They broke down five prospects and their potential fit with the Wizards: Moe Wagner of Michigan, Michael Porter, Jr. of Missouri, Grayson Allen of Duke, Collin Sexton of Alabama and Omari Spellman of Villanova.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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