Some Wizards Updates: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Trevor Jackson

The Good

  • The team broke some good news during the middle of last night's game as they announced Bradley Beal has been cleared to increase basketball activity after having a followup MRI on his injured right leg. The wording could have been a little clearer, as "cleared to increase basketball activity" doesn't necessarily say "cleared to return to practice and/or games." We should find out later this week whether he will be returning to full activity, or will be gradually eased back in. Either way, this is great news as many fans were expecting to hear not as positive news after the 2 week evaluation period.
  • John Wall is continuing to play well and show why the Wizards gave him a max extension this summer. Over his last 10 games he is averaging 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 8.4 assists. The assist numbers are slightly down but that should be expected as two of his best shooters in Bradley Beal and Martell Webster have missed some games. Even with the slight dip in assists, Wall is still second in the league in dimes trailing only Chris Paul.
  • Martell Webster should also be returning to action sometime soon. Reports over the weekend said Webster was doing well with recovery from his ankle injury and suggested he could even play in last night's game against the Nuggets. Martell was not made active for the game, but unless he experiences a setback there is a chance he could get back on the court over the weekend.

The Bad

  • No positive updates have been made yet on the lingering injuries for Nene. Over the weekend he said he has been "suffering" which clearly doesn't sound good. Until hearing otherwise, I am going on the assumption that the team will be without him. Maybe he gets a few days off this week and starts feeling better, or maybe he sits out over the weekend. Winning games tends to make him heal faster, so maybe getting a couple wins over the weekend will inspire him to feel better. Either way the Wizards will likely be at the mercy of Nene's nagging injuries on and off all year. Pray 4 Nene.
  • The team lost another close one, making it back to back losses in games that they should have been able to put away in the 4th quarter. Hopefully this doesn't become a trend, but the Wizards were beating the Bucks on Friday down the stretch and managed to give up their lead, eventually losing in overtime. Fast forward to Monday night, and same thing. Washington again lead down the stretch, but failed to make enough plays to come away with a victory. Back to back home losses in games that you should have won is not the way to starting changing the losing culture.

The Ugly

  • Eric Maynor continues to provide little to nothing from the backup point guard spot and has been for lack of a better word, awful. This possession from last night's game sums up his season so far. According to Kyle Weidie, of all NBA players with at least 120 minutes Eric Maynor has by far the worst +/- at -28.4.
  • In the same report that the Monumental Network released that had good news for Bradley Beal, there was some pretty unfortunate news regarding Al Harrington. Big Al experienced a setback with his right knee injury, and was forced to have surgery. 

next up:

Weekly Outlook: 3 More Chances To Get Above .500

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