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Will the Wizards finish top five in offense by the end of the season?

Will the Wizards finish top five in offense by the end of the season?

The Wizards have been playing a brutal schedule as of late, but opposing teams still can't keep them from getting buckets.  

Bradley Beal has cooled off from an incredible November, but luckily for Scott Brooks and company, Davis Bertans has helped pick up the slack with a barrage of catch-and-shoot threes.

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

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 12/8

Team Scoring: Points per game

1. Milwaukee Bucks: 121.0
2. Houston Rockets: 120.5
3. Washington Wizards: 118.2 
4. Dallas Mavericks: 118.0
5. Los Angeles Clippers: 115.3

Offensive Efficiency: Points per 100 possessions

1. Dallas Mavericks: 116.9
2. Milwaukee Bucks: 114.0
3. Houston Rockets: 113.1
4. Washington Wizards: 112.4
5. Los Angeles Lakers: 111.8

Other notable stats

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

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Isaac Bonga fractures tooth, does not return to Wizards vs. Hawks

Isaac Bonga fractures tooth, does not return to Wizards vs. Hawks

Chasing after a loose ball in the first half against the Hawks, Wizards forward Isaac Bonga was hit in the back of the head by Trae Young's leg and banged his face on the hardwood. 

Bonga exited the game shortly after, and the Wizards diagnosed the injury as a fractured tooth. He did not return.  

In more consistent minutes with the starting lineup and more chances to play small-ball power forward, Bonga had begun to take strides as a two-way player.

In January, Bonga is averaging 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds, shooting 70 percent from the floor and over 58 percent from three. 

Bonga's timetable is not known yet, but if he misses extended time the Wizards will be hard-pressed to replace his defense and activity on the wing. 

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Kobe Bryant chants break out after fans hold moment of silence at Wizards vs. Hawks

Kobe Bryant chants break out after fans hold moment of silence at Wizards vs. Hawks

Before the Wizards took on the Hawks Sunday night in Atlanta, fans at State Farm Arena held a moment of silence to honor NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant. 

News broke Sunday afternoon that Bryant was in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles, killing him and eight other passengers. 

After the moment of silence, "Kobe!" chants broke out and persisted for several moments. 

Trae Young wore No. 8 to honor Bryant as he took an eight-second violation off the opening tip. The Wizards then followed it up with a 24-second violation, paying tribute to the two jersey numbers Bryant wore during his career with the Lakers. 

The entire sports world was heartbroken over the news of Bryant's passing. Several DC athletes posted about him, Wizards coach Scott Brooks fought back tears talking about his impact on sports.

Bryant played 20 seasons in the NBA, winning five NBA titles, an MVP and two Finals MVPs. He'll undoubtedly be elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame, it's just a matter of when that happens. 

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