6th and F Street Lowdown: Wizards Keep GrindingPosted on November 29, 2013 by Cory Grubbs
Welcome back to another episode of 6th and F Street Lowdown. Everyone here at WizardsXTRA hopes you had a delightful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. We also hope the Wizards aren't on a turkey hangover as they head to Indiana tonight to take on the league leading Pacers (14-1).
Washington is heading into a pair of back-to-back games as the Pacers are up tonight followed by a trip back to the Phone Booth to take on the Hawks. After back to back wins earlier in the week against the Lakers and Bucks, the Wizards need to be on their "A" game for the next two as they are going against two of the top three teams in the East. We'll see how legit this Wizards squad can be in the absence of Bradley Beal against some of the stiffer competition in the Eastern Conference.
How's the Ball Bouncing
So far this week, the Wizards have been playing pretty damn well. As a team, through two games, they are shooting .516 from the field! If Washington keeps shooting at a rate of over 50%, wins should keep pouring in. Hopefully the Wiz can stay hot as wins against the Pacers and the Hawks won't come easy.
John Wall has continued on his reign of terror for opposing defesnes. For the week he's averaged 25 PPG, 7.5 APG and 5 SPG! Yet again, another week of All-Star caliper numbers. Nene had his best scoring output of his career on Tuesday when he notched 30 points against the Lakers. Fellow foreign big man Marcin Gortat has also had a very stout week. He's averaged 20 PPG, 8 RPG, and 1.5 BPG while shooting an astounding 85% from the field. If you had any doubt as to if the Gortat trade was a good one, this week should have cleared those doubts from your mind.
Wizards Injury Outlook
While Bradley Beal is sidelined for his "two week" rest period, Washington got a lift in the return of Trevor Ariza. He was inserted right back in the starting line-up and looked to have no side effects from his right hamstring strain. In the Wizards' two games this week, Ariza has played a total of 74 minutes.
Chris Singleton also returned to action this week when he saw a whopping one minute of action against the Lakers. It would appear he is still working his way into game shape and as the weeks go on, we should see more of Singleton especially while Harrington remains sidelined with his knee injury. Harrington is expected back next week according to reports.
And as if you didn't know, Otto Porter still remains on the sidelines. He did start practicing fully this week and it appears once he gets his legs under him and into game shape, he should make his Wizards debut. Hopefully that comes sooner rather than later because Washington's bench could sure use a spark. They are dead last in bench points at 18.9 PPG. This is where Otto will hopefully be able to give this team a much needed boost.
What's Happening Around the Division
This week has been feast or famine for the Southeast division thus far. Washington, Orlando, and Miami are all 2-0 while Charlotte and Atlanta have gone 0-2. The season has been a strange one in the East, and if the playoffs began today there would be four teams from the Southeast playing post-season basketball. Below are the Southeast standings as of today:
The Best Social Media of the Wizernet
- The best Twitter news in years happened this week. Steve Buckhantz joined the Twitterverse. Thank you Steve. We are looking forward to many a social media DAGGERS!!! How do you like that?
@CHICKatCSN Just learning schmeck. Doing Twitter for dummies here!— Steve Buckhantz (@SteveBuckhantz) November 25, 2013
- Marcin Gortat seems to be fitting in nicely. This was his Tweet from Thanksgiving. Looks like the team comradery is miles above what it has been in years past. We should all be thankful for that!
Wizards familly!!!:) Happy Thanksgiving pic.twitter.com/3GZHgcxQUO— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) November 28, 2013
- WizardsXTRA's very own Trevor Jackson put together this great Vine video of the Otto Porter face. Priceless!
- There's also something else we should be thankful for this year. The rest of the Eastern conference is sucking. Sucking this bad to be exact:
If the Wizards win tonight, they'll have the 3rd best record in the East...lol.— Dre Everything (@MrDCsports) November 29, 2013