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Report: Wizards Waive Glen Rice Jr.

January 7th, 2015 at 4:00 PM
By Matt Graber

As expected, Glen Rice Jr.'s days in DC are over. After failing to find a trade partner over the last few days, the Washington Wizards decided to waive their young wing earlier today, according to J. Michael of CSNWashington The move comes right before the Wednesday deadline to guarantee contracts, meaning that the Wizards won't have to pay him. It also means that the resurgent Rasual Butler will have his contract guaranteed for the remainder of the season.

Rice had a brief but tumultuous stint with the Wizards. After a successful stretch with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League, the Wizards traded two second round picks to acquire him from the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2013 NBA Draft. Rice played sparingly in his rookie year, but seemed poised for a major breakout after winning the MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 25 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals. Fans envisioned Rice developing into the lethal bench scorer the team desperately needed.

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John Wall Still Leads East Guards in All-Star Voting

January 2nd, 2015 at 11:13 AM
By Matt Graber

If anyone is still questioning whether Wizards point guard John Wall is not only an All-Star caliber point guard but a marketable, rising star, this year's All-Star Game should erase all doubt. The results of the second round of NBA All-Star voting are in, and Wall continues to lead all Easter Conference guards in All-Star votes. And it's not particularly close; nearly 45,000 votes separate Wall from his closest competition, Dwayne Wade. From Monumental Network:

"John Wall continues to lead all Eastern Conference backcourt players in the second returns of NBA All-Star balloting 2015 presented by Sprint, the league announced today. Wall (439,395) is the East’s leading vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (396,757)."

Wall, and the Wizards themselves, have enjoyed a meteoric rise in national exposure dating back to last season. The Wizards' surprising playoff run brought them some much-deserved national attention and established them as one of the best young teams in the league, with Wall and backcourt mate Bradley Beal in particular drawing praise. This year, their 22-9 record has them near the top of the East standings, and they've already been featured on national TV several times, including Christmas Day.

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Recap: Hot-Shooting Mavs Destroy Wizards, 114-87

December 31st, 2014 at 11:48 AM
By Matt Graber

Last night's game was a cruel reminder of how difficult this five game road trip is going to be for the Wizards. After earning an big win over the Houston Rockets, a tired, listless Wizards team ran into an offensive juggernaut firing on all cylinders, as the red-hot Dallas Mavericks blew the Wizards off the court in their most lopsided loss of the season. Monta Ellis had 20 to lead six Mavs in double figures, including Richard Jefferson (14) and note Wizards killer Charlie Villanueva (14). They scored at will from all over the court, dominating in the paint and hitting over half of their threes.

In contrast, the Wizards couldn't get anything going. They looked sluggish on offense all night and were stifled by a middling Mavs defense. Bradley Beal fell back to earth after his 33 point performance against the Rockets, managing only 10 points on 4-14 shooting. They couldn't continue their success from the foul line (17-27). And a crippling 22 turnovers led to 33 points for the Mavs.

"Turnovers played the biggest part. When we try to do too much individually, we get ourselves in trouble," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. "You can't do it against a good team. They beat us up both ends of the floor."

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Can the Wizards Prove Their Elite Status on West Road Trip?

December 30th, 2014 at 3:57 PM
By Matt Graber

At 22-8, the Washington Wizards are among the pleasant surprises of the NBA season so far. Rather than stumble out of the gate as they typically do, they started the season off on the right foot and haven't looked back, riding a stout defense and a star-making breakout season from John Wall to the second best record in the East. But despite their success, it seems like their still flying under the national radar. Much of this season's discussion has surrounded the Western Conference (rightfully so), and the struggling Cavs have commanded much of the attention in the East. However, the Wizards are about to receive an opportunity to grab some much-deserved attention.

Last night the Wizards began a grueling five game road trip with a nail biting 104-103 win over the Houston Rockets. It pushed their record against the West to a surprising 7-2, including a big win against the Los Angeles Clippers last week. They'll have a chance to continue that run of success over the next week, as they'll finish their road trip with matchups against the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, and New Orleans Pelicans. Counting the Rockets, that's five of the West's top ten teams, and a dizzying collection of overall talent.

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Recap: Beal, Wizards Hold Off Rockets 104-103

December 30th, 2014 at 10:39 AM
By Matt Graber

The Washington Wizards' road trip got off to a great start last night, as they held off a furious fourth quarter comeback and edged James Harden and the Houston Rockets 104-103 . The Wizards led by as many as 18 in the third quarter, thanks to solid defense and stellar free throw shooting (26-28 for the game). But Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer (15 pts. each) helped reignite the Rockets' offense, and after a stretch of sloppy play from Washington, it looked like they were headed for a heartbreaking late game collapse.

Fortunately, these Wizards have learned how to close out games. John Wall made a pair of nice defensive plays, Paul Pierce hit a huge three pointer with 1:12 left, and Bradley Beal drilled a series of free throws to seal one of their biggest wins of the season. Beal in particular was spectacular. He was lights out from three (5-11) and the foul line (10-10), and he played with aggression and confidence all night. It was the offensive breakout the team had been waiting for.

"I was just being aggressive, taking what the defense gave me," said Beal, who also went 5-for-9 from 3-point range. "I was fortunate to have a lot of open shots."

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