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Wizards need to shake things up already?

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Wizards need to shake things up already?

Wizards coach Randy Wittman hinted he might make a change in the starting lineup after the Boston loss on Saturday night. The starting five of A.J. Price, Bradley Beal,Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker and Emeka Okafor struggled mightily from the jump, falling behind Boston quickly, 17-2. It was a hole the Wizards actually got out of because bench players like Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin ignited the comeback, but in the end Boston got the 89-86 win. 

Crawford and Seraphin may have showed enough to get the nod to move back into the starting five. Both starters at times last season, Crawford scored 21 points against Boston while Serpahin was sharp, garnering 19  points and 7 rebounds. Crawford could replace rookie Bradley Beal at shooting guard while Seraphin could start at center, supplanting Emeka Okafor. Beal went 0-5 from the field and scored just 2 points versus Boston while Okafor shot 1-6 for only 3 points.

It's not just Beal and Okafor that could head to the bench. Veteran small forward Trevor Ariza, who has struggled since the pre-season, didn't score against Boston in just 17 minutes of play and he could be replaced by Martell Webster or even Jan Vesely. It's only two games but Ariza right now is offering very little as a starter. 

A.J. Price likely sticks for now at point guard because his backup Jannero Pargo is more of a shooting guard who can play some point and Pargo is better served coming off the bench. Power forward Trevor Booker was the only starter to have a pretty good showing against Boston. Booker  scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss. 

Without normal starters guard John Wall and center Nene, there is little room for error for the Wizards who, if they want to compete can't afford to get off to such a dreadful start. Expect Wittman to make some sort of move before Wednesday night's game.

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Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Here's an important thing for the Wizards to avoid when facing off against Portland on Monday night: This CJ McCollum crossover.

As seen in this video by our friends at NBC Sports Northwest, the Trail Blazers' player sent a Spurs defender flying - much to the delight of the Portland bench - with the move.

 

"It wasn't even one of my better crossovers," he said after his team's win. "Honestly, he just reacted."

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By the numbers: Bradley Beal on pace to become one of NBA history's best three-point shooters

By the numbers: Bradley Beal on pace to become one of NBA history's best three-point shooters

Bradley Beal topped Gilbert Arenas for first place in career three-pointers in Wizards/Bullets franchise history on Saturday night in the Wizards' loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Beal, only 25, has put himself in some good company over the years with his outside shooting. Here are some numbers to put it all in perspective.

By The Numbers: Bradley Beal's historic shooting numbers

2,208: Beal made his record-breaking, 869th three on his 2,208th attempt. It took Arenas 2,430 attempts to get there in a Wizards uniform. Arenas, however, reached the mark in 357 games compared to Beal's 408. Beal, now at 2,209, is second on the franchise list for career three-pointers attempted. Based on his career attempts averages, he should get there this season.

100: Beal has made at least 100 three-pointers in five straight seasons entering 2018-19. That is a franchise record. The longest such active streak is held by Jamal Crawford at 14. The longest streak in NBA history is held by Ray Allen at 17.

39.4: Beal's career three-point percentage. He is one of only five players ever to shoot at least 39 percent from beyond the arc while making two or more threes per game in their careers. The others are Kyle Korver, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Buddy Hield, who has only played in 164 games compared to Beal's 408.

223: Beal set the franchise record for three-pointers made in a single season back in 2016-17. He passed Arenas, who twice got to 205, in 2004-05 and 2006-07.

41: Beal also passed Arenas for the most games in franchise history with five or more three-pointers made. Arenas is in second with 40, while Trevor Ariza is in a distant third with 15. Otto Porter Jr., for comparison, has done it nine times. Beal's 41 games with five threes or more rank 18th among active players. Curry is way ahead of everyone else with 183.

37: Beal is one of just eight players ever to begin his career with six straight seasons of 37 percent or better from three. The other seven is mostly a who's who of three-point specialists like Curry, Thompson, Korver and J.J. Redick.

20: Shooting 37 percent or better from three while also scoring 20 points or more is rarer than you may think. Beal has done it twice in his career, same as LeBron James, Damian Lillard and Kawhi Leonard. Only 11 players have accomplished the feat more often. Dirk Nowitzki has done that in nine seasons, most all-time, while Kevin Durant is second with eight.

872: Speaking of Durant, this isn't a historic number, it's just an interesting coincidence. Since Beal entered the league before the 2012-13 season, he and Durant have been nearly identical as three-point shooters. Beal has made 870 threes, while Durant has knocked down 872. Beal has shot 39.4 percent, while Durant has hit 39.6 of them. Another guy who has been extremely similar to Beal is Danny Green, who now plays for the Raptors. He has hit 858 threes during that span at a 39.2 percent rate.

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