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How the Wizards offense ranks after their West Coast road trip

How the Wizards offense ranks after their West Coast road trip

The Wizards wrapped up a brutal west-coast road trip, where they played three of the best teams in the NBA on the road, with a loss to the Clippers Sunday night. 

Going up against the first, fifth and 10th rated defenses in a four-game span would make any team's offense take a fall down the leader boards. So let's see how the Wizards stack up to the rest of the league after said challenge. 

Centered around Bradley Beal's brilliance, the Wizards have a multitude of adept playmakers and finishers.

The Wizards play the Magic on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Washington.

Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith are good in pick and roll and score in different ways, Thomas Bryant is a strong finisher off the roll, and Davis Bertans, Moe Wagner and Rui Hachimura are talented stretch forwards who each have unique ways of spacing the floor and giving defenses issues. 

None of those players are particularly strong on the other end of the floor, but that's not why we're here. The Wizards get buckets, and they do it better than almost every team in the league.

Here, we're going to lay out how the Wizards' offense ranks in the league in the most important categories and keep you updated throughout the season. And hey, if they start to pick things up even a little bit on defense we may be looking at a decently frisky team. 

Stats up to date as of 12/2

Team Scoring: Points per game

1. Houston Rockets: 120.3
2. Milwaukee Bucks: 120.3
3. Washington Wizards: 118.8 
4. Dallas Mavericks: 117.8
5. Los Angeles Clippers: 115.2

Offensive Efficiency: Points per 100 possessions

1. Dallas Mavericks: 116.0
2. Houston Rockets: 113.7
3. Milwaukee Bucks: 113.0
4. Washington Wizards: 112.1
5. Toronto Raptors: 111.2

Other notable stats

The Wizards lead the NBA in field goals made per game and assists, they're fourth in field goal percentage and 12th in turnovers. Nothing fluky about this offense. They can flat out score. 

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Isaiah Thomas expected to miss several more games due to calf injury

Isaiah Thomas expected to miss several more games due to calf injury

WASHINGTON -- Isaiah Thomas has missed the Wizards' last two games with a left calf strain and it sounds like he will be out at least a little while longer.

The Wizards guard caught up with NBC Sports Washington at his holiday toy giveaway at the Boys and Girls Club in Northwest D.C. on Saturday and gave an update on how he's feeling.

"I'm good," he said. "I think I will be out a few more games and then be able to come back."

Thomas nearly played on Thursday in the Wizards' home win over the Sixers, according to head coach Scott Brooks. He pleaded with the coaching staff to play, but was advised not to as a precaution.

Thomas categorized the injury in a similar way, that the team is just playing it safe.

"I always feel like I can play, but the medical staff wants to be cautious about it, knowing it's a long season. There's a bigger picture and I'm just listening to whatever they've got to say," he said.

Thomas, 30, is enjoying a career renaissance of sorts with the Wizards. He is averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 assists while shooting 41 percent from three on 4.9 attempts per game.

With Thomas out, the Wizards have gone 1-1 with Ish Smith in his place in the starting lineup.

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Why Isaiah Thomas brings his kids to help him at charity events

Why Isaiah Thomas brings his kids to help him at charity events

WASHINGTON -- Isaiah Thomas likes to bring his sons with him just about wherever he goes. They walk with him into the Wizards' locker room, they shoot around on the court at Capital One Arena; he's even brought them to the podium for postgame interviews.

On Saturday, Thomas brought one of his sons to the Boys and Girls Club on 8th St. in Northwest Washington and for a specific reason. Thomas wanted him to help give back.

Just as Thomas was handing out toys to underprivileged youth, so was his son. The contrast was not lost on Thomas, who knows his son is well off as the kid of a millionaire NBA player. Not everyone is as fortunate.

"When I can do these types of things, I always want my kids to be around it," Thomas told NBC Sports Washington. 

"To be able to give back and see how blessed we are and how blessed he is and how we can put smiles on peoples' faces, especially around the holidays; it's definitely a point of emphasis to do that and bring my boys around to see it."

Thomas said his father instilled the same lessons in him when he was growing up in Washington state. Every Saturday morning at 6 a.m., his dad would take him to a shelter to serve breakfast to the homeless.

"That was something I was born into doing," Thomas said.

Thomas grew up going to the Boys and Girls Club himself and has partnered with them and World Vision throughout his NBA career to give back. Their efforts nationally have allowed him to continue the relationship no matter which team he has played for.

"Isaiah Thomas has been an amazing partner for World Vision," aid worker Brian Duss said. "Isaiah wasn't even in D.C. four days before he partnered with us at a school in [Southeast] to give away 400 backpacks filled with school supplies."

Before handing out toys and taking pictures with the children, Thomas addressed the crowd with a microphone. He spoke of his experience going to the Boys and Girls Club as a kid and explained the impact he hopes to make in the D.C. community.

"Whatever you need from me, I'm always here for you," he said. "I hope everyone has a happy holidays."

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