TAG: Washington Wizards

NBA, Smack / Mar 12, 2014 / 4:00 pm

John Wall Credits Team Meeting With Wizards Gelling For Playoff Run

John Wall

John Wall (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s over the summer when we hear a lot of big talk from NBA players before the real grind of the season begins. After signing a max contract extension with the Wizards this summer, John Wall set about predicting new-found success for a Wiz franchise that was still reeling from Gilbert Arenas, guns an immmature roster and — you know the rest. After a 2-7 start to the 2013-14 season, it appeared to be the same underperforming Wiz despite Wall’s playoff pronouncements during the break. But an early team meeting changed Wall’s perception of Washington’s core and gave him an opportunity to step up as their leader. Read More »

NBA / Feb 28, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Why Having A Scoring Point Guard Is Super Overrated

(Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

(Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

The point guard position is commonly referred to as the player who initiates the team’s offense, the floor general. In recent history, the NBA’s infrastructure has undergone a makeover. Now, it’s all about a lightning quick pace and guards that can score the ball at will. While this has produced some exciting and flashy play, there is one critical argument that needs to be discussed with these point guards. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 28, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Video: John Wall Leads Wizards Past Raptors In Triple-OT Thriller

John Wall

John Wall (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards-Raptors game on Thursday night was supposed to take a backseat to the games on TNT. But the battle between two Eastern Conference playoff teams who both might snag home-court in the first round turned into a doozy that had TNT switching over during the Heat-Knicks blowout. In the end, Marcin Gortat and John Wall led the Wizards past DeMar DeRozan, Greivis Vasquez and the Raptors. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 26, 2014 / 10:15 am

Video: John Wall Crossover & Fiery Lefty Jam

John Wall, Tobias Harris

John Wall, Tobias Harris (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards handled a Magic team, sans an injured Nene, and four of their players cracked the 20-point plateau in a 115-106 home win Tuesday night. John Wall lead the team with a game-high 27 points, to go with seven assists. Wall augured a long night for the young Magic early in the game with a lightening quick crossover that smoked Jameer Nelson on the wing, and which Wall punctuated with one of his sick lefty slams. You won’t want to miss this one from the 2014 fan-voted dunk champ. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 23, 2014 / 3:42 pm

Video: Nene Ties Career-High & Slams Game-Winner

John Wall, Nene

John Wall, Nene ( Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)

There were two heroes in Washington on Saturday night. The first was John Wall, who hit the go-ahead bucket to give the Wizards a lead over the Pelicans inside of a minute remaining. Then there was Nene, who tied his career-high with 30 points on the night, including a posterization of Greg Stiemsma. But it took both their efforts to finally win the game with 0.3 seconds remaining. Read More »

NBA / Feb 20, 2014 / 4:45 pm

The 15 Most Lopsided Trades In NBA History

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson (photo. Zach Wolfe)

The trade deadline truly brings out the worst in desperate franchises looking to make a hasty deal. The main facilitator behind huge deals made at the deadline is the fact that the main player the deal is surrounding may leave during free agency, leaving the team he plays for with nothing other than an open roster spot. Rather than risk that, teams will instead pull the trigger and trade their star player for what usually turns out to be a couple of draft picks, aging veterans or unproven players. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Feb 20, 2014 / 12:55 pm

Report: 3-Team Deal Sends Andre Miller To Washington, Eric Maynor To Philly

Andre Miller

Andre Miller (Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

In the biggest deal of the day so far, Andre Miller is getting his trade wish. He’s going to Washington in a three-team deal involving Philly and Denver, according to multiple reports. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com are both reporting the deal will send Eric Maynor and two second-round picks to the Sixers from the Wizards, and Jan Vesely to the Nuggets. The move was first reported by Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 19, 2014 / 10:15 pm

GIF: John Wall Steal & Slam In Blink Of An Eye

John Wall

John Wall (Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards went into Philips Arena in Atlanta and shot out to a 31-14 lead they never relinquished against their Eastern Conference competitors on their way to a 114-97 win. Point Guard John Wall was a large reason why as he led six Wizards in scoring with 21 points. But Wall also chipped in 12 dimes and zero turnovers in 33 minutes of action including a steal and slam that showed off his insane speed with the ball. Read More »

All-Star, NBA / Feb 16, 2014 / 9:00 am

Dime Q&A: John Wall Talks About His Dunk Contest Influences

John Wall

John Wall (Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports)

John Wall‘s breakout season is continuing at NBA All-Star Weekend. Not long before he was named Dunker of the Night during the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest, he took some time to sit with us at the adidas suite in the French Quarter. His growth as a NBA professional transcends the basketball court and has been on full display as adidas has maked him one of their featured athletes. Wall opened up about his thoughts on the dunk contest, his career season, the Washington Wizards and the new shoe he is rocking this weekend. Read More »

NBA, Smack, Twitter / Feb 13, 2014 / 1:55 pm

Phil Jackson Calls Out Ref, Dick Bavetta, On Twitter Over Trevor Ariza Foul

Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Zen Master Phil Jackson watched the flurried finish to the Rockets-Wizards game on Wednesday night. The game was mired by a one-sided number of free throws for the Rockets (47 vs. the Wizard’s 16), culminating in a call against Trevor Ariza before the ball was inbound with 4 seconds remaining and the Wiz ahead by two. Jackson called out septuagenarian referee, Dick Bavetta, after he whistled Ariza for the infraction. Read More »