WEEK IN REVIEW: Wiz Jump On Winning TrainPosted on December 23, 2013 by Cory Grubbs
Just seven days ago the Wizards were riding a four losing streak and and sitting at 9-13. Fast forward to today and Washington just wrapped up a perfect 3-0 week and are back to just one game below .500 at 12-13. The current three game heater that the Wizards are riding was a nice early Christmas present for us fans and also the players as they now have a little break and won't suit up again until Friday.
Monday's game against the Knicks resulted in a 102-101 nail biting victory that saw Bradley Beal return to action from his injury and score the Wizards final eight points. From there Washington handled the Brooklyn Nets 113-107 which saw seven Wizards score in double digits. After taking care of its New York business, the Wiz headed to Boston to erase a seven point halftime deficit and land a 106-99 victory. While all three of their victories were against the lowly Atlantic division, Washington took care of business and showed that when healthy, they are a team that shouldn't be taken lightly.
WIZARD OF THE WEEK
Trevor Ariza takes home the Wizard of the Week award this go around. This was a close one between John Wall and Trevor, but due to Wall's turnovers and Ariza's continued sweet three point stroke, the nod goes to Ariza. For the week, Ariza put up averages of 17.3 PPG and 5.3 RPG while shooting 9 of 18 from downtown. Trevor had a quiet 10 and 15 points against the Knicks and Nets respectively but finished out the week on a high note with a team high 27 points against the Celtics. People talk about Washington's "Big Three" of Wall, Beal, and Nene, but as the season rolls on, Mr. Athreeza should be placed into that classification along with the Wizards young backcourt. I mean it is fitting. Ariza wears #1, while Wall sports #2 and Beal rocks #3.
WIZARD OF THE WEAK
As much as I hate to do it, the Wizard of the Weak is going to Otto Porter Jr. Since his return, Otto has looked lost on the court and has lacked any confidence what so ever. That is to be expected to a certain extent, as he is a rookie with no training camp and no preseason work, but man he looks clueless when out on the court. He has zero confidence with his shot and most of the time he looks to hide within the offense. This week saw a DNP-coach's decision against the Knicks while he played a combined 15 minutes the rest of the week and chipped in only four points. Being the 3rd overall pick, his play should be at a little higher level. The season is still early and hope shouldn't be lost when it comes to Porter yet, but this week he was the Wizards' weakest link.
WHAT WE LIKED
- Three W's and no L's!!!
- Mike Woodson's coaching.
- John Wall scoring at least 20 points in all three games.
- BRADLEY BEAL'S RETURN TO ACTION!!!!
- NENE AND BRADLEY BEAL'S RETURN TO ACTION!!!
- Ariza doing Athreeza things
- The Wizards' bench production! They averaged 39.3 PPG this week. Yeah that's not a typo either.
- **Fingers crossed** A mostly healthy line-up.
WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE
- John Wall's turnovers. He averaged 4.6 a game this week.
- Otto's continued struggles.
- It's official now. The Wiz do not have a back-up PG. Maynor doesn't even play anymore he has been that bad.
- Washington's scoring defense. They let up an average of 102.3 PPG last week.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
As you know Brad Beal returned Monday after sitting out nine games and man did he look sharp. He scored 21 points total, 14 of which were in the 4th quarter which included the Wizards' final eight points. For that, the highlight of the week is Beal highlights from Monday's game. Enjoy! And sorry, I couldn't find highlights that included Buck and Phil. Dagger.