Washington Wizards Hoping to Gain Ground on Playoff Spot
Washington suffered their second straight loss as they were knocked off in the Windy City by the Bulls Wednesday night. The Wizards entered Thursday tied for third in the Southeast Division, 15 games behind the Heat. Washington stood tied for 11th in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, five games behind the Nets for the final playoff spot. The Wizards led by two after one quarter and by five at the half before getting outscored 30-20 in the third quarter to trail by five. Washington was down one with 8:23 to play before giving up a 10-0 run that decided the game. The Wizards shot 46.8 percent from the floor, including 11 of 26 from three-point range, but allowed Chicago to shoot 50.6 percent in the game. Bradley Beal
led Washington with 23 points in the loss.
The Wizards enter this contest fifth in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 114.6 points per game on the year. Washington is 29th
in rebounding as they collect 42.4 boards per contest and are eighth by dishing out 25.8 assists per contest. The Wizards have been a sieve defensively, ranking 30th
in the league in scoring defense by allowing 119.8 points per game. Bradley Beal leads the team with 27.6 points and 6.5 assists per game on the season. Isaiah Thomas puts up 12.4 points plus four assists a night while rookie Rui Hachimura adds 13.9 points and 5.8 boards a night. Davis Bertans (15.3 points), Thomas Bryant (13.2 points, eight rebounds) and Moritz Wagner (11.6 points) are all averaging in double figures. Ish Smith (11.1 points, 4.5 assists), Jordan McRae (13.8 points), Troy Brown Jr. (10.2 points, six rebounds) and Anzejs Pasecniks have had to step up with a slew of injuries impacting the rotation. The Wizards are banged up at the moment as Hachimura strained his groin and potentially could miss several more weeks. Wagner could miss another three weeks with an ankle injury. Washington is 15th
in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.9 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Wizards are tied for 15th
in the league in threes per game as they drain 11.8 triples a night while the team stands tied for 8th
in three-point shooting by hitting 36.3 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.