The Week in Wizards, the basketball ones — Nov. 25 to Dec. 1 (Wittman-isms, Video-bombs and Instagram)
The week that was and the week that will be in Washington Wizards, #SoWizards, and pixels otherwise—mostly to do with basketball.It’s easy to find negatives with a franchise like Washington. Bradley Beal going down last Monday and surprising but seemingly planned rest for Nene in a loss last Friday are the lowlights. But the fact is that for the second week in a row, the Wizards went 3-1. Last week brought wins against the Lakers, Bucks and Hawks (with a loss to the Pacers), and the previous week brought wins against the Timberwolves, Cavaliers and Knicks (with a loss to the Raptors).
John Wall won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award in the seven days prior (Nov. 18 to 24), by averaging 24.3 points, 50 percent from the field, 8.8 assists, 3.8 turnovers, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game. In four games last week, Wall averaged 21.0 points, 44.1 percent from the field, 9.0 assists, 3.5 turnovers, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.3 steals per game. Still a nice pace.
Wall’s play lately has been nothing short of amazing and, after all the hardships over the past several seasons, it’s more than refreshing to finally see a Wizard do something to point the team in the right direction. The franchise is now on the national radar for good basketball as opposed to knuckleheadedness.
Much credit also goes to Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza, who combined to average 32.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists (3.3 turnovers), and 3.3 steals over four games last week. Bigs Marcin Gortat and Nene also pulled an equal amount of weight, averaging a combined 34.6 points, 15.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists last week (Gortat played in four games, Nene in three).
Randy Wittman has been taxing his main players, but at least there’s somewhat of a reprieve this week: Washington is scheduled to play just two games, against the Magic on Monday and the Bucks on Friday, both in the District. With a chance to pull to .500 in the win-loss column tonight, the Wizards are favored by six points over the 6-10 Magic. And to ideally avoid this being a trap game, Nene, who is still nursing a sore right Achilles tendon, is scheduled to play, per reports.
Below, Wittman, to the best that he can and in a very #WittmanFace way, contemplates the Wizards winning eight games in November for the first time since 1984.
Will Martell Webster ever stop photo-bombing? (Or video-bombing?)
Do such antics ‘keep the locker room light’? Or are they simply brown sugar on Martell’s camera-loving ham? Do his self-imposed selfies get ‘stale’ because they can often be expected like a winning, #SoWizards Spring … the photo-bomb that cried wolf? Or does the seriousness of pro basketball and a team perpetually starting from the bottom always need a smile?
Whatever is clever … because whatever Martell Webster is doing for the Wizards is a good thing, as he continues to provide nice returns for his handsome (but also modest) contract last
summer. He’s not quite shooting as well from long distance this season (.407) as he did last season (.422), but Webster’s overall field goal percentage is up (.457 from .442), as is his eFG% (.593 from .551). Webster’s TRB% is also up (8.4 from 7.4), as is his AST% (11.3 from 10.7), and his TOV% is way down (5.9 from 11.1). After a slow start to the season from 3-point land (11-for-30, 36.6%, over his first seven games), Webster has been knock-down from deep over the last 10 games (33-for-78, 42.3%)
All that said, let’s watch yet another Webster video-bomb during a post-game John Wall interview on Saturday night—it was at least his second post-game video-bomb if you are keeping track at home:
Now let’s watch Martell, the thinker, talk about the Wizards continuing to believe in themselves:
The best plays from four games last week…
Wall: The Unnecessary 360
Webster: Buck’d Down
Gortat: A Dream Shake That worked
— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) November 30, 2013
Wizards: Excellent Ball Movement
— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) December 1, 2013
With the sad passing of Paul Walker, from the acting / fast car movie genre,
two European-derived Wizards chose to share their thoughts via Instagram: