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Wizards' late rally fails in 94-91 loss to Raptors: Five takeaways


Wizards' late rally fails in 94-91 loss to Raptors: Five takeaways

The last time the Wizards met the Toronto Raptors, Cory Joseph hit the game-winning basket from the corner. Wednesday, with two chances on clean looks from deep to send the game into overtime, the Wizards misfired as they lost to their nemesis again to end 2015 with a 14-16 record.

Otto Porter (20 points, nine rebounds) and John Wall (19 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, five steals) each had open looks that didn't go down as time expired at Air Canada Centre.

Out of a timeout, Jared Dudley (17 points) knocked down a corner three on a feed from Wall to pull the Wizards to 92-91 with 40 seconds left in a game they hadn't led since it was 13-12.  After DeMar DeRozan, who shot 9 of 24, missed on Toronto's next possession Dudley had another chance with an open three but missed.

DeRozan (34 points) tied his season high as he made 15 of 15 free throws. The next highest scorer for the Raptors (20-13) was Terrence Ross (14 points) off the bench. Kyle Lowry (11 points) was held to 2 of 12 shooting and had six turnovers.

  • The defense that was lacking in Monday's 17-point loss to the L.A. Clippers was back for Washington. Toronto only shot 28 of 82 (34%), including 6 of 24 on threes (25%). Where the Wizards were lacking was defensive rebounding. They allowed the Raptors to grab 15 offensive boards which was why they had a 39-17 edge in free-throw attempts. Biyombo and Jonas Valanciunas each had five offensive rebounds.

  • Porter returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 16 when stiffness in his left knee was a byproduct of a deep thigh bruise. His production what the Wizards need with Bradley Beal out. In particular, he was 3 of 5 from three which has been his Achilles heel all season. He's 6 of 10 in two games since returning. Porter had been shooting less than 30% from long range.

  • Gortat picked up his fourth foul on an offensive rebound by Biyombo with 4:15 left in the third quarter and sent him to the foul line. What had been a one-possession game when the Wizards came out of halftime with an 11-2 run, was back to 64-55. Gortat shot just 5 of 15 en route to 12 points and nine rebounds. But only two points and three rebounds came from him in playing 16-plus minutes in the second half. 

  • That Garrett Temple is 6 of 24 shooting in his last three games and Kelly Oubre is 3 of 9 is to be expected. Oubre, a rookie, has seen his time dwindle with Porter's return, which it should as long as Porter continues to play well. It's harder to get into a rhythm when playing spot minutes for a 19-year-old. Temple's offensive outbursts are complementary to the offense, not the focal point for the Wizards so he's not going to drop 20 a night each time. But he was key in the poor shooting performance by the Raptors' backcourt (11 of 36).

  • Lowry is one of four guards ahead of Wall in the All-Star voting in the East. No doubt Wall had extra motivation to play better -- and he did -- and late in the game he was matched with DeRozan and defended him perfectly. Wall, however, was called for a foul on what looked like a clean block of DeRozan on a jump shot. The foul shots made the score 92-88.

[RELATED: Do Wizards stick with Kelly Oubre over Otto Porter?]

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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.

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