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Beal’s career-high 53 points weren’t enough as the Bulls defeated the Wizards, 126-117

Beal’s career-high 53 points weren’t enough as the Bulls defeated the Wizards, 126-117

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Chicago Bulls are in danger of being handed their ninth straight loss of the season as they host the Washington Wizards at the United Center tonight.  They are coming fresh off of a 112-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns last night so hopefully, for them, fatigue won’t play a factor.

The Wizards, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a second consecutive loss as they are coming off a 113-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on February 11 when the Bulls fell to the Wizards, 126-114.  During that contest, Bradley Beal scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed one steal while Zach LaVine finished with 41 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and two steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Bulls and the Wizards have played each other a grand total of 243 times as the Bulls won 129 games while the Wizards were limited to just 114 victories.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Garrison Matthews (ankle; 5.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Anzejs Pasecniks (coach’s decision; 7.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 52.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Admiral Schofield (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 29.8 3P%)
-Johnathan Williams (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 64.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Chicago Bulls:

-Wendall Carter (ankle; 11.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Kris Dunn (knee; 7.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 25.9 3P%)
-Chandler Hutchison (shoulder; 7.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 45.7 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Luke Kornet (ankle; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 43.9 FG%, 28.7 3P%)
-Lauri Markkanen (ankle; 15.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 42.4 FG%, 34.4 3P%)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (knee; 2.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (hamstring; 5.8 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.2 FG%, 35.6 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Chicago Bulls would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot fifty-one percent.  Zach LaVine dropped 15 points which included 3 three-pointers.  He also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block while Thaddeus Young helped out with 12 points.  Tomas Satoransky and Daniel Gafford combined for 13 points while Ryan Arcidiacono had a three-pointer.  Coby White played 15 minutes off the bench as he got hot for 26 points.

On the other end of the floor, Bradley Beal chalked up 21 points on fifty-percent shooting.  He also drilled two three-pointers while Rui Hachimura scored eight points.  He was able to record six rebounds, as well, while Ish Smith contributed with five points.  Former Spurs’ power forward Davis Bertans played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points while the home team went into halftime with a 73-58 lead.

The Wizards will look to attempt a comeback as they went on a 59-53 run, shooting fifty percent from the field.  During that run, Beal added 32 more points to his scoring total while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Smith and Hachimura combined for seven points while Bertans dropped 16 points off the bench.

The Chicago team would close things out, though, as LaVine and Young combined for 28 points.  White scored seven more points off the bench as the Bulls held the Wizards off, 126-117.  Coby White finished the game with a season-high-tying 33 points, along with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a season-high-tying one block.  Bradley Beal had a career-high 53 points, along with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 55.2 FG%, 31.1 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (48-8) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on January 28 when the Bucks handed the Wizards a 151-131 loss.  Khris Middleton finished that game with 51 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists while Bradley Beal had 47 points, 6 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Chicago Bulls will host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 46.2 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-22) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they see each other this season.  December 16 was the last time they battled each other as the Thunder crept away with a 109-106 win.  During that game, Chris Paul scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, gave out 8 assists, and committed 2 steals while Zach LaVine had 39 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

The Wizards close things out against the Pistons, 106-100

The Wizards close things out against the Pistons, 106-100

Monday, January 20, 2020

 

The Detroit Pistons will look to grab a third straight win today as they battle the Washington Wizards at the Capital One Arena.  If they win today, it will mark their first three-game winning streak this season.  The Wizards, on the other hand, are hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss.

Today’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on December 26 when the Pistons handed the Wizards a 132-102 blowout loss.  During that game, Christian Wood scored 22 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished out three assists, and blocked one shot while Anzejs Pasencniks had 17 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Pistons and the Wizards have faced each other a grand total of 295 times as the Wizards won 133 games while the Pistons went on to grab 162 victories.

INACTIVES:

Detroit Pistons:

-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Thon Maker (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
-Louis King (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Washington Wizards:

-Rui Hachimura (groin; 13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.2 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (ankle; 6.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Anzejs Pasecniks (ankle; 8.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 52.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Admiral Schofield (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 40.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Moritz Wagner (ankle; 11.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.1 FG%, 39.3 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Wizards shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Pistons shot fifty-two percent.  Derrick Rose scored 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond helped out with nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also had seven rebounds, one assist, 2 steals, and one block.

Tony Snell drained two three-pointers while Sekou Doumbouya recorded four points.  Doumbouya also had two defensive rebounds while Bruce Brown was limited to just a three-pointer.  Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only scored four points.

On the other end of the court, Bradley Beal dropped 16 points which included two three-pointers.  Ian Mahinmi contributed 12 points as he missed only one of his six shots attempted.  Isaiah Thomas and Gary Payton combined for five points while Isaac Bonga was kept scoreless.  Davis Bertans played 15 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Washington Wizards went into halftime with a 60-58 lead.

The home team would start to close things out in the second half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field, keeping the Detroit ball club to thirty-three percent.  Beal added to his scoring total with 13 points on forty-five percent shooting.  Mahinmi dropped nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting, including a three-pointer.  Troy Brown played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

As for the Pistons, Tony Snell chalked up ten points which contained two three-pointers in the third period.  Drummond and Rose combined for 17 points.  Svi Mykhailuk played 13 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the Wizards who pulled out a 106-100 victory.  Bradley Beal finished the game with 29 points, one rebound, six assists, and one steal while Derrick Rose had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Detroit Pistons will host Buddy Hield (20.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.8 FG%, 36.6 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-27) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these two teams will see each other this season.

The Washington Wizards will head to South Florida to battle Jimmy Butler (20.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 26.5 3P%) and the Miami Heat (29-13) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these ball clubs will battle it out this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 30 when the Heat fell to the Wizards, 123-105.  Jordan McRae finished that game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Butler had 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Washington Wizards creep away from the Boston Celtics, 99-94

The Washington Wizards creep away from the Boston Celtics, 99-94

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

 

The Boston Celtics are one of three teams who have managed to stay under 10 loss thus far this season.  Right now, they are on a three-game winning streak, trying to grab a fourth straight victory tonight.  They will hope to do that against the Washington Wizards tonight at the Nation’s Capital.

As for the Wizards, they haven’t had a season to be proud of, mostly due to injuries.  They grabbed just their 11th win of the season on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.  Tonight’s matchup between the Celtics and Wizards will mark the second of four times that these two teams play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 13 when the Celtics came away with a 140-133 win.  Kemba Walker finished that game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block while Bradley Beal had 44 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Wizards and the Celtics have met up a grand total of 328 times in the past as the Wizards won 123 games while the Celtics went on to grab 205 victories.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

-Romeo Langford (illness; 2.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.2 APG, 38.9 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Vincent Poirier (finger; 1.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Kemba Walker (illness; 22.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 43.2 FG%, 39.8 3P%)
-Robert Williams (hip; 3.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 67.3 FG%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 4.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%)

Washington Wizards:

-Bradley Beal (leg; 27.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 43.5 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
-Davis Bertans (quad; 15.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 43.4 3P%)
-Thomas Bryant (foot; 13.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 54.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
-Rui Hachimura (groin; 13.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 48.2 FG%, 20.8 3P%)
-C.J. Miles (wrist; 6.4 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 32.2 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
-Moritz Wagner (ankle; 11.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 58.1 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)

GAMETIME:

The Wizards would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-six percent from the field, keeping the Celtics to just twenty-nine percent.  Both Jordan McRae and Isaiah Thomas scored 11 points each in the first half.  McRae was able to knock down a three-pointer while Thomas had two treys.

Former Lakers’ point guard Isaac Bonga contributed with six points while Ian Mahinmi had four points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks.  Gary Payton was kept scoreless but was able to record three rebounds, two assists, and one block.  Troy Brown played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Jaylen Brown dropped 12 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also had 5 rebounds and one assist while Marcus Smart helped out with 3 three-pointers and one free-throw.  Both Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum had six points each.  Enes Kanter played 10 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a 51-40 lead.

The Boston ball club would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 54-48 run.  During that run, both Brown and Tatum chalked up 11 points each while Hayward and Daniel Theis combined for 10 points.  Grant Williams played 17 minutes off the bench as he had nine points.

The Wizards would end up hanging on to close it out behind Ish Smith’s 16 points.  Isaac Bonga and Isaiah Thomas combined for 10 points as the Washington Wizards came away with a 99-94 win.  Ish Smith finished the game with 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists while Jaylen Brown had 23 points, a season-high 12 rebounds, and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Boston Celtics will host DeMar DeRozan (21.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.9 APG, 52.4 FG%, 27.3 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (14-20) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will mark the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 9 when the Celtics defeated the Spurs, 135-115.  Jaylen Brown finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while DeMar DeRozan had 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.

The Washington Wizards will head to Florida to take on Evan Fournier (18.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 40.7 3P%) and the Orlando Magic (17-20) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the fourth and final time that they battle each other this season.  January 1 was the last time they played each other as the Wizards fell to the Magic, 122-101.  During that game, D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out nine assists, and committed two steals while Bradley Beal had 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Nuggets slid by the Wizards, 117-104

The Nuggets slid by the Wizards, 117-104

The Denver Nuggets are currently on their longest winning streak of this season, looking to grab a sixth straight victory tonight as they host the Washington Wizards.  The Nuggets are coming fresh off of a 116-104 win against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

The Wizards, on the other hand, are coming off a 113-106 loss against the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, looking to avoid a second straight loss.  Tonight’s battle will mark the first of two matchups between these two ball clubs this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Nuggets and the Wizards have played each other a grand total of 90 times in the past as the Nuggets won 52 games, limiting the D.C. team to 38 victories.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Ian Mahinmi (Achilles)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Admiral Schofield (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 70.0 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Justin Robinson (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Garrison Matthews (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Denver Nuggets:

-Bol Bol (foot)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 34.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Michael Porter (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Vlatko Cancar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-PJ Dozier

GAMETIME:

The Denver Nuggets would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field, keeping the visitors to thirty-eight percent.  Will Barton scored 11 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the second quarter.  Jamal Murray helped out with ten points as he missed only three of his eight shots attempted.

Center Nikola Jokic recorded six points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out four assists.  Indiana-native Gary Harris contributed with four points while Paul Millsap had three points.  Former Philadelphia 76ers’ Jerami Grant played the most minutes off the bench as he got hot for sixteen points.

On the other end of the court, Thomas Bryant put up eight points while recording two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and a block.  Troy Brown chalked up six points on fifty-percent shooting.  Bradley Beal dropped four points while pulling down three rebounds and giving out three assists.  Moritz Wagner played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points while the Colorado team went into halftime with a huge 64-47 lead.

The Washington Wizards would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 57-53 run, shooting forty-five percent from the field.  During that run, Jordan McRae scored 17 points off the bench which included 3 three-pointers in the last quarter.  Davis Bertans helped out with 11 points while Beal earned 10 more points.

As for the Nuggets, Mason Plumlee scored 11 points off the bench while recording five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.  Harris was able to get seven points while Murray had six.  Jokic was held to just two points but it was still the Nuggets who were able to get by with a 117-104 victory.  Jerami Grant finished the game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and 2 steals while Jordan McRae had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

So..what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will head to Arizona to battle Devin Booker (24.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 51.8 FG%, 42.9 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (8-8) on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these teams will play each other this season.

The Denver Nuggets will go to California to play Buddy Hield (20.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 42.5 FG%, 39.6 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (7-9) on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four meetings between these two teams this season.  The last time they played each other was on October 28 when the Kings fell to the Nuggets, 101-94.  Jamal Murray finished that game with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Richaun Holmes had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

The Wizards would escape with a 97-85 victory over the Thunder

The Wizards would escape with a 97-85 victory over the Thunder

Still without one of their star players, John Wall, the Washington Wizards’ chances of making the playoffs are slim to none.  Last year, they finished the season 32-50, placing them 11th in the Eastern Conference.  The Wizards are currently trying to recover from a 108-100 loss they took in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, their first game of the season.  Going up against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they will hope to grab a win tonight.

The Thunder, on the other hand, have a new point guard in Chris Paul after receiving him from the Houston Rockets in a trade involving Russell Westbrook.  The Oklahoma ball club lost their first game of the season to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, 100-95.  Both teams will try to grab their first victory tonight.

HISTORY:

The Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 147 times.  Out of those times, the Wizards defeated the Thunder 67 times while the Thunder pulled out 80 victories.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

-Troy Brown (calf)
-Ian Mahinmi (Achilles)
-Jordan McRae (finger; 11.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-C.J. Miles (foot)
-Isaiah Thomas (thumb)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Justin Robinson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Oklahoma City Thunder:

-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision)
-Luguentz Dort (G-League)
-Devon Hall (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be somewhat competitive in the first half as the Washington Wizards shot forty-four percent from the field while the Oklahoma City Thunder shot forty-two percent.  Former Los Angeles Lakers’ center Thomas Bryant scored 14 points on sixty percent shooting, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Rui Hachimura helped out with 10 points while grabbing two rebounds and giving out one assist.

Two-time All-Star Bradley Beal was kept to just six points while Ish Smith had two points.  Isaac Bonga was held to two points, as well, but had two rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Davis Bertans played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points.

As for the home team, both Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 13 points each.  They both had a three-pointer each while Steven Adams recorded five points and nine rebounds.  Chris Paul was held to just two points but gave out three assists.  Dennis Schroder played 13 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points while the D.C. ball club went into halftime with a 52-46 advantage.

Both teams continued to battle it out in the second half as the Wizards shot thirty-five percent from the field while the Oklahoma team shot thirty-seven percent.  Beal added to his scoring total by dropping 11 more points, planting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Hachimura contributed with nine points Bertans gave eight points off of the bench.  As for the Thunder, Gilgeous-Alexander put up 15 more points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards walked away with a 97-85 victory.

Thomas Bryant finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, a career-high-tying 2 steals, and a career-high-tying 3 blocks.  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander earned a career-high 28 points, along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards travel to Texas to take on LaMarcus Aldridge (22.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (1-0) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.  The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Stephen Curry (23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (0-1) Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

The Utah Jazz hand the Houston Rockets a 116-108 loss, tying the series up, 1-1

Tonight will mark the second game between the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  The first game was on Sunday when the Rockets handed the Jazz a 110 to 96 loss.  During that game, James Harden scored forty-one points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed one steal while Donovan Mitchell finished with twenty-one points, three rebounds, and five assists.  Jae Crowder also had twenty-one points, along with five rebounds, one assist, and two steals.  The Houston Rockets will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as they host the Jazz at the Toyota Center.

INACTIVES:

Utah Jazz:

Ricky Rubio (hamstring; 13.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
Thabo Sefolosha (knee; 8.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 49.2 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Tony Bradley (coach’s decision; 0.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 27.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jonas Jerebko (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
David Stockton (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 66.7 3P%)
Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Tarik Black (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 59.1 FG%, 9.1 3P%)
Aaron Jackson (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Joe Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 40.6 FG%, 27.6 3P%)
Zhou Qi (1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 18.8 FG%, 10.5 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (4.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Utah Jazz would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field, limiting the Houston Rockets to forty percent.  Joe Ingles ended up scoring fourteen points on sixty-three percent shooting while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  Rudy Gobert would help out with thirteen points while grabbing one offensive rebound and eight defensive rebounds.  He also had one block while Alec Burks chalked up eleven points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting from the field.  Donovan Mitchell would be limited to seven points while both Royce O’Neale and Derrick Favors scored six points each.  Jae Crowder played sixteen minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two three-pointers and a free-throw.

On the other end of the court, James Harden would get extremely hot for twenty-one points which included a three-pointer near the end of the second half.  He also had four rebounds, five assists, and one steal while Clint Capela saw to it that he had thirteen points on sixty-seven percent shooting.  Former Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Chris Paul contributed with six points and one assist while P.J. Tucker had a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points as the visiting team went into halftime with a 64 to 55 lead.

The Houston Rockets would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 53-52 run in the second half, shooting forty percent from the field.  During that run, Paul would start to warm up with seventeen points, five defensive rebounds, two assists, and two steals while drilling two three-pointers.  Harden continued to put on a scoring display as he had eleven points, which included a three-pointer in the final quarter.  Eric Gordon had ten points off of the bench but it wasn’t enough as the Utah Jazz crept away with a 116-108 win, tying the series up, 1-1.  Joe Ingles finished the game with a playoff career-high twenty-seven points, along with three rebounds and two assists while James Harden settled for thirty-two points, six rebounds, eleven assists, and two steals.

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards with a 108-98 score, taking a 3-2 series lead

Tonight’s matchup between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors will mark the fifth game in their playoff series.  The first game was on April 14 when the Raptors defeated the Wizards with a 114-106 score.  During that game, Serge Ibaka scored twenty-three points, grabbed twelve rebounds, gave out one assist and blocked two shots while John Wall had twenty-three points, three rebounds, fifteen assists, four steals and two blocks.  The Raptors would also take Game 2 as they pulled out a 130-119 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished that game with thirty-seven points, five rebounds, and four assists while John Wall had twenty-nine points, four rebounds, nine assists and one block.

The Washington Wizards would make a desperate comeback as they handed the Raptors a 122-103 blowout loss in Game 3.  During that game, Bradley Beal scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, dished out four assists and committed three steals.  John Wall also had twenty-eight points, along with seven rebounds, fourteen assists, four steals and one block while DeRozan finished with twenty-three points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Washington team as they snuck away with a 106 to 98 win.  Beal had thirty-one points in that game, along with five rebounds and two assists while DeRozan had thirty-five points, six rebounds, six assists and one steal.  The Wizards will look to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they travel back to Canada to battle the Raptors for Game 5.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Jodie Meeks (suspension; 6.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 39.9 FG%, 34.3 3P%)
Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Jason Smith (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 39.1 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Chris McCullough (2.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.2 APG, 42.9 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
Ramon Sessions (4.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 35.9 FG%, 30.8 3P%)

Toronto Raptors:

Fred VanVleet (shoulder; 8.6 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 42.6 FG%, 41.4 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 61.3 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be somewhat competitive as the Toronto Raptors shot forty-five percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot thirty-eight percent.  DeMar DeRozan would get extremely hot as he scored twenty points which included two three-pointers.  He also had two assists while Kyle Lowry contributed with seven points which held a three-pointer in the second period.  Lowry had two defensive rebounds and three assists while Jonas Valanciunas earned himself six points, six rebounds, and two blocks.  Meanwhile, Serge Ibaka was kept to just two points on thirty-three percent shooting while OG Anunoby was held scoreless.  California-native Delon Wright played twelve minutes off of the bench as he chalked up seven points.

As for the visiting team, John Wall saw to it that he got twelve points while grabbing five defensive rebounds, dishing off four assists and committing one steal.  Bradley Beal would help out with eight points which included a three-pointer at the end of the second quarter.  Beal also had three defensive rebounds and three assists while Otto Porter threw up seven points on fifty percent shooting.  Kelly Oubre played the most minutes out of Washington’s reserves but was restricted to five points as the Raptors went into halftime with a tight 48 to 47 lead.

The Canada team would close things out in the second half, though, as they sparked up a 60-51 run while shooting forty-eight percent from the field.  In the course of that run, DeRozan received twelve points which carried a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter.  The 20th pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft Delon Wright assisted with eleven points on a high sixty percent shooting.  On the other end of the court, John Wall chalked up fourteen points but that wouldn’t be enough as the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 victory.  DeMar DeRozan finished the game with thirty-two points, two rebounds, and five assists while John Wall had twenty-six points, nine rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks.

The Wizards hand the Rockets’ their fifth straight loss, 121-103

The Wizards hand the Rockets’ their fifth straight loss, 121-103

The Houston Rockets are coming fresh off of a disappointing 99-98 loss to the Boston Celtics, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they visit the Nation’s Capital to take on the Washington Wizards.  The Wizards, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back from the loss they took against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.  This matchup between the Rockets and the Wizards will mark the first of two games that these ball clubs will play against each other this season.  They have battled each other a total of 153 times in the past as the Rockets won 73 games while the Wizards ended up 80 games.

INACTIVES:

Washington Wizards:

Sheldon Mac (Achilles)
Mike Young (G-League)
Devin Robinson (G-League)
Mike Scott (personal; 9.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 57.4 FG%, 40.5 3P%)

Houston Rockets:

Clint Capela (eye; 14.2 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 69.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder; 6.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 37.3 3P%)
Troy Williams (knee; 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Nene (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 59.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Demetrius Jackson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 28.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Chinanu Onuaku (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Washington Wizards would have full control of this game as they shot fifty-one percent from the field in the first half, limiting the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Otto Porter would light the floor up with 14 points as he drilled 3 three-pointers in the first quarter.  Bradley Beal contributed with nine points while John Wall was limited to just six points on fifty percent shooting.  Markieff Morris was able to get his hands on eight defensive rebounds while Jodie Meeks grabbed two defensive rebounds.  Kelly Oubre played 14 minutes off of the bench as he chalked up eight points.

As for the Houston team, James Harden scored 12 points on sixty percent shooting.  He knocked down a three-pointer in the first quarter while Trevor Ariza had seven points and five defensive rebounds.  Eric Gordon played the most minutes off of the bench as he also had seven points but it was the Wizards who walked into the locker room with a 59-48 advantage.

The Washington Wizards would continue to play well as they went on a 62-55 run in the second half, shooting fifty-six percent while holding the visiting team to forty-eight percent.  Kelly Oubre ended up scoring 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.  Otto Porter knocked down four three-pointers to give himself 12 points while earning himself three defensive rebounds, three assists, and two steals.  Bradley Beal would collect 12 points while John Wall settled for 11 points.  Former Pacers’ center Ian Mahinmi played 12 minutes off of the Washington bench as he was kept to just two points.

New player Gerald Green would come off of the Houston bench to chalk up 13 points which contained 3 three-pointers.  Harden would contribute with eight points while Tarik Black had four points and eight rebounds.  2017 Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon helped out with nine points but it wasn’t enough as the Washington Wizards handed the Houston Rockets a 121-103 blowout loss.  Otto Porter finished the game with 26 points, 6 rebounds, a season-high 7 assists, and 2 steals.  James Harden settled for 20 points, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Washington Wizards will host Nikola Mirotic (17.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (12-22) on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  This meeting will mark the first of three games that these two teams will play against each other this season.  They have met up a total of 233 times in the past as the Bulls won 123 games while the Wizards ended up pulling 110 wins.

The Houston Rockets will host Kyle Kuzma (17.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 48 FG%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (11-22) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This game will mark the third of four matchups between these two teams this season.  The Rockets and the Lakers have met up a total of 249 times as the Rockets won 93 games while the Lakers ended up winning 156 games.  The last time they battled each other was on December 20 when the Lakers pulled away with a 122-116 victory.  In that game, Kyle Kuzma scored 38 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and blocked one shot.  James Harden finished with 51 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

The Hawks sneak away with a 117-115 win over the Cavaliers

Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks are dealing with their own struggles as the Cavaliers are still recovering from a difficult four-game losing streak.  The Hawks, on the other hand, are currently in the midst of an eight-game losing streak, their longest losing streak since the 2013-2014 season.  Obviously, winning this game in Cleveland against the Cavaliers would be a huge deal for them.

For this game, the Cavaliers would still be without Isaiah Thomas (hip), along with Iman Shumpert (knee; 6.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG), John Holland (G-League), Tristan Thompson (calf; 4.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.4 APG), London Perrantes (G-League), and Jose Calderon (coach’s decision; 1.2 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.7 APG).  The Atlanta Hawks were without Ersan Ilyasova (knee; 5.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.8 APG), Josh Magette (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.2 RPG, 0.6 APG), Miles Plumlee (quadricep), Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist; 6.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.0 APG), Nicolas Brussino (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG), Malcolm Delaney (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.5 APG), and Tyler Dorsey (coach decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.2 APG).

The Hawks would start the game off right as they shoot a high seventy-two percent from the field, keeping the Cavaliers at thirty-five percent.  Former Heat forward Luke Babbitt scored eight points in the first quarter with six coming from beyond the three-point line.  Kent Bazemore collected seven points in the twelve minutes that he played, six coming from beyond the arc and the other point from the free-throw line.  He also gathered up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds while Dewayne Dedmon shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He also had two defensive rebounds while Dennis Schroder received seven points to go along with the seven assists.

Dwyane Wade would warm up as he scores eight points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. LeBron James contributed with six points, two offensive rebounds, and four assists as he played for the entire quarter. Rose shot only seventeen percent from the field while he received four points in return. J.R. Smith was able to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Atlanta team who went into the second period with a 37-28 advantage.

Both teams held it close in the next quarter as the Cavs shot twenty-five percent from the field and the Hawks shot twenty-four percent. Wade would continue to stay hot as he chalks up eleven more points, three coming from behind the arc and four from the charity stripe. He also collected six rebounds while James was kept scoreless in the seven minutes that he played. Love was held to two points but he would get his hands on three rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Isaiah Taylor came off of the bench to deliver six points while Taurean Prince four points and four defensive rebounds. Babbitt played for ten minutes just to be held to three points and two defensive rebounds. John Collins just limited to two points but he would manage to pull down six rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks went into halftime with a 54-45 lead.

The third quarter would still be kept close as the Cavs shot sixty-one percent from the field while the Georgia team shot fifty-six percent. Dennis Schroder would light the floor up with thirteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field. He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while collecting two defensive rebounds. Prince contributed with eight points with six coming from beyond the arc. Luke Babbitt was limited to just a three-pointer in the ten minutes he played.

As for the Ohio team, LeBron James would warm up with ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. He dished off four assists while Channing Frye contributed with seven points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Frye also collected four defensive rebounds while Jae Crowder shot one-hundred percent from the field, earning four points.  Smith was held scoreless while dishing off three assists but it was still the Hawks who ended the third quarter with a 91 to 78 advantage.

The Cavaliers ended up coming back in the fourth quarter as they went on a 37 to 26 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field while holding the Hawks to forty-five percent.  Kyle Korver got extremely hot as he lit the floor with nineteen points on seventy-eight percent shooting.  He earned fifteen of them from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.  James scored ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He did that while grabbing two defensive rebounds, dishing off five assists, committing one steal and blocking one shot.  Wade would be held to just two points in the twelve minutes he played but did manage to grab four rebounds and give out five assists.

As for the Hawks, Schroder chalked up eight points while Bazemore delivered five points, two rebounds, and two assists.  Rookie John Collins ended up with five points, as well, along with two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds.  The game would come down to the wire but it was still the Atlanta Hawks who escaped with a 117-115 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Dennis Schroder finished with twenty-eight points, three rebounds, and nine assists.  LeBron James would finish with twenty-six points, five rebounds, thirteen assists, one steal, and two blocks.

The Cavaliers pull away with a 130-122 win over the Wizards behind James’ 57 points

The Cavaliers pull away with a 130-122 win over the Wizards behind James’ 57 points

The Cleveland Cavaliers were hoping to avoid five-game losing streak as they visited the Nation’s Capital to take on the Washington Wizards.  The Cavaliers will still be without Isaiah Thomas (hip), along with Iman Shumpert (knee), John Holland (G-League), Tristan Thompson (calf), and London Perrantes (G-League).  The Wizards were without Mike Young (G-League), Devin Robinson (G-League) and Sheldon Mac (Achilles).

The first quarter of the game would be a good one as both teams shot at a high rate, Cavaliers shot seventy-seven percent while the Wizards shot sixty-seven percent. LeBron James would get hot as he lights the floor up with fifteen points with three coming from beyond the arc. He also recorded two defensive rebounds and two assists while Derrick Rose helped out with thirteen points.  He also collected three of those points from beyond the arc while Kevin Love was limited to just a three-pointer.

Marcin Gortat would warm up for eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He played for the entire quarter while grabbing two defensive rebounds in the process. Otto Porter also shot one-hundred percent from the field while scoring seven points.  He would connect for a three-pointer while grabbing two offensive rebounds.  Kelly Oubre came off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers while Bradley Beal was held to three points.  John Wall was limited to just two points in the twelve minutes that he played but he would manage to get off seven assists as the Cavaliers took a 42 to 36 lead into the second period.

The second quarter would be held close, as well, as the Cavs shot seventy-seven percent from the field while the Wizards shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Bradley Beal would start to warm up as he chalked up ten points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also collected two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound to go along with it.  Wall added six more points to his scoring total while earning two of them from the free-throw line.  Oubre shot only twenty percent from the field as he received four points in return.  Former Hawks’ forward Mike Scott came off the bench to pull down two defensive rebounds.

Jae Crowder would start to contribute as he scores nine points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He collected three of those points from the three-point line and four from the charity stripe.  James posted up nine more points as he dished off two assists while Love recorded seven points and three defensive rebounds.  He drilled a three-pointer while Dwyane Wade was held to two points in the five minutes that he played.  Jeff Green came off the bench only to be kept scoreless but he would manage to get one defensive rebound and one assist as the visiting team went into halftime with a 74 to 66 advantage.

The Wizards would respond as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the third quarter while the Cavaliers shot forty-six percent.  Beal continued to impress as he puts up eleven more points with three coming from beyond the arc.  John Wall was kept to four points but he manages to collect three defensive rebounds while dishing out five assists.  Gortat grabbed three rebounds while scoring two points in the nine minutes that he played.

On the other end of the court, LeBron James would go off for fourteen points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He did work on the boards as he collected three rebounds while giving out one assist.  Kyle Korver connected for two three-pointers while Crowder recorded four points and three rebounds.  Kevin Love was held at just a free-throw but would grab three defensive rebounds as the Ohio team had a 104 to 93 lead heading into the last quarter.

LeBron James would start to take things into his own hands as he helps the Cavaliers close the game out.  He ended up scoring nineteen points while drilling a three-pointer in the process.  He also grabbed four offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound while giving out two assists.  Jeff Green contributed with one three-pointer and two free-throws while Wade was held scoreless in the seven minutes that he played.

Bradley Beal would try to keep the Wizards into it as he chalks up twelve points and dished off four assists.  Oubre played the entire quarter while knocking down 3 three-pointers and pulling down two rebounds.  Otto Porter would also drill a three-pointer but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Washington Wizards a 130 to 122 loss.  LeBron James finished the game with fifty-seven points (marking his first 50-point game in six years), eleven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.  Bradley Beal would finish with thirty-six points, four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.