April 26, 2018, 12:43 pmOtto Porter - SF - Washington Wizards
Wizards coach Scott Brooks would not fully commit to Otto Porter playing in Game 6 on Friday due to a lower leg strain that began late in the regular season.
Porter's leg injury is clearly bothering him as he has not been his usual self in the playoffs. It does seem as if Porter will play on Friday but there is no guarantee. Porter has played in the first five games of the series so it would be a shock if he sits for the elimination game Friday in Washington.
Source: Ben Standig on Twitter
April 25, 2018, 10:44 pmKelly Oubre Jr. - SF - Washington Wizards
Kelly Oubre Jr.'s 14 points on Wednesday was more than the rest of the Wizards bench combined as the Raptors won 108-98 in a pivotal Game 5.
Oubre was the only reserve in double figures in this one and the lack of distributed scoring ended up being part of the Wizards' undoing. He will have to be joined by some more help off the bench and the stars will have to shine as the Raptors will look to lock it up and close it down in Washington.
April 25, 2018, 10:36 pmBradley Beal - SG - Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal scored 20 points in 36 minutes on Wednesday night.
It was a valiant effort from Beal and John Wall but they just didn't have the help they needed to win this one. Both of these teams are built very similarly with their primary offense coming from the backcourt duos. It's hard to imagine a scenario where the Wizards win the last two games of this series where Beal and Wall aren't the two best players in each game.
April 25, 2018, 10:28 pmJohn Wall - PG - Washington Wizards
John Wall scored 26 points and added nine rebounds and nine assists but it wasn't enough as the Wizards fell on Wednesday.
Wall did everything he could but the Wizards were just outlasted in a close contest. If there is any hope for the Wizards to pull off an upset by winning Game 6 and then coming back and winning in Toronto in Game 7 then Wall will have to be at his very best. Additionally, the depth players will have to really be special as well because there just wasn't enough help in this one.
April 24, 2018, 11:26 amJohn Wall - PG - Washington Wizards
After missing a career-high 41 games earlier his season, John Wall is playing at an elite level, and with every game, he is becoming more of a force.
Through four games of this first-round series with the Raptors, Wall has reiterated his importance to the franchise by averaging 26.8 points, 13 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals. He has actually been the NBA’s most prolific offense generator so far this postseason, as he has created 57 points per game for the Wizards with his scoring and distributing, 4.7 more than LeBron James. The Wizards prepare to return to Toronto for Game 5 on Wednesday and they finally truly seem complete and up to the task.
Source: Washington Post
April 23, 2018, 8:05 pmJohn Wall - PG - Washington Wizards
John Wall said he sprained his ankle right before he scored 8 of the Wizards last 14 points in Game 4.
Wall came up big for the Wizards late as Bradley Beal had fouled out. Given he played through the ankle don’t expect it to keep him out of Game 5 on Wednesday.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
April 22, 2018, 9:21 pmJohn Wall - PG - Washington Wizards
John Wall finished Sunday's 106-98 victory with 27 points, six rebounds, 14 assists and three steals.
The Wizards are now knotted at two in this series and have won eight straight home games in the postseason. All the pressure has shifted back to Toronto with that knowledge floating around, and if the Wizards keep the good times rolling they'll be in for a major upset. Wall still takes some questionable shots but has had monstrous numbers through the series' first four games, so fantasy players won't ask him to do anything differently.
April 22, 2018, 9:17 pmBradley Beal - SG - Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal's night was cut short after he was assessed his sixth foul with five minutes to go but still led the Wizards with 31 points in Sunday's Game 4 victory.
It was a joke of a call to disqualify Beal, and it looked like a possible death knell for the Wizards since he was their only player to really be in the groove on offense. They seemed to rally around it, however, and ratcheted up the physicality thereafter with the referees cutting them some slack after such a poor decision in a critical moment. He added five threes, five rebounds and two assists while shooting 10-of-19. Washington heads back north with some momentum after evening things up.
April 22, 2018, 9:14 pmOtto Porter - SF/PF - Washington Wizards
Otto Porter helped erase an 11-point halftime deficit with a strong third quarter on Sunday, wrapping up a win with 12 points, six rebounds, two 3-pointers, a steal and two blocks.
The Wizards do a lot of running around to work for mid-range shots and decided to actually let Porter get in on the act in the third, kickstarting a nice run that led to a big home win. He's been pretty quiet this series but did log 40 minutes tonight, so we'll see what sort of usage he gets moving forward. Porter could stand to be more involved. Marcin Gortat also scored 12, including a pretty funny celebration after a big jam in traffic.
April 21, 2018, 9:05 pmMarkieff Morris - PF - Washington Wizards
Markieff Morris has been fined $25,000 for pushing an official and attempting to escalate an altercation.
Morris gave OG Anunoby a push in the back after a foul in the first quarter of Game 3. He later tossed Kenny Mauer aside as the teams came together in the ensuing meeting of the minds. Morris is a little bit lucky that he was't outright ejected for that push, but the refs granted him leniency given he didn't know who he was pushing aside.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
April 20, 2018, 11:05 pmMike Scott - PF - Washington Wizards
Mike Scott didn’t miss a shot on Friday night, hitting 4-for-4 to end up with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in the Wizards’ win over the Raptors.
The Threegional Manager did his part on Friday night, knocking down every shot attempt including two from deep. He played a large part in the Wizards’ bench stepping up to draw blood in this series and make it 2-1, Toronto. Kelly Oubre chipped in 12 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Ian Mahinmi scored six to go with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and three huge blocks. Even Ty Lawson added a little something, hitting a 3 as the 3rd quarter expired. Washington’s bench adding literally anything is a far cry from how things went in Games 1 and 2. Let’s see if it can continue on their home floor in Sunday’s Game 4.