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Wizards-Nets preview: No sleeping on Brooklyn


Wizards-Nets preview: No sleeping on Brooklyn

Matchup: Washington Wizards (13-14) vs. Brooklyn Nets (8-21)

When: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. (TV: CSN+, CSNMidatlantic.com via NBC Sports Live Extra) 

When last we met: First meeting this season

Streaks: The Wizards matched their season-high three-game winning streak with Wednesday's 100-91 victory over the Grizzlies as John Wall recorded his fourth straight double-double. ...After a mini-turnaround following an awful start, the Nets have lost six of seven including 119-118 in overtime against the Mavericks Wednesday, their fifth straight home loss.

Three things to watch

Temple of Boom: Garrett Temple typically provides the Wizards with strong defense and steady hand when he enters. Lately the veteran wing guard is providing scoring punch to Washington's offense. Before last Saturday's win over the Hornets, Temple ever scored 20 points in any NBA game. Since then, 21, 23 and 20, becoming the first player in league history to have three straight games with at least 20 points after not having any in his first 250+ games. Starting in place of the injured Beal, Temple is 10 of 22 (45.4) percent on 3-point attempts. That's miles better than his career rate of 32.2, but how many noticed his clip of 37.5 percent from beyond the arc last season?

Bombs away: The Wizards are playing without Bradley Beal and yet their 3-point shooting is on fire. During the three-game homestand, Washington hit 34 of 69 (49.2%) from beyond the arc. Along with Temple, rookie Kelly Oubre provided a lift from deep by making all six of his 3's. The hot touch may continue as opponents are hurting the Nets from long range. Meanwhile, Washington's foes have cooled off. The Wizards remain last in the league in 3-point shooting defense, but Charlotte, Sacramento and Memphis went 20 of 62 (32.2).

Meet the Nets: Only the outrageously bad Philadelphia 76ers sits behind Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference standings. Yet the Nets also own wins this season over the Hawks, Bulls, Pistons and two against the Rockets. Washington already lost very winnable games this season to the likes of the Lakers and Pelicans. The frontcourt duo of Brook Lopez (19.1 ppg) and Thaddeus Young (16.0) lead the way offensively, but the Nets are 25th in scoring (96.8).

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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.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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