The Wizards went 1-3 this past week. Their lone win came in a wild one in Houston where they dropped the Rockets 123-122. Unfortunately, there was a three game slide before that happened with losses to the Celtics, Raptors, and Nuggets.
Randy Wittman’s seat is getting hotter and hotter with every mounting loss. A loss at home to the lowly Nuggets prompted a players-only meeting where Jared Dudley instructed the team to hold yourself accountable before you point the finger. It worked (sort of) for one game as the Wizards beat the Rockets in their first game after the players only meeting. After this rollercoaster of a week, whose stock is rising and whose is falling?
Trending Up: John Wall
John Wall flirted with a triple double twice this week. The first in the Denver game where Wall went for 17 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds and the second coming in the Houston game where Wall logged 19 points, 13 assists, and eight rebounds. If it weren’t for the three losses, Wall would win Eastern Conference Player of the Week as he averaged 11.5 assists per game this week. Since the Wizards lost three times, he won’t get it. Its taking Wall a lot of shots (16.75 per game) to get his points but the Wizards are desperate. Wall had a couple of highlight reel plays including this dunk when the Red Sea parted for him:
The biggest concern right now for John is turnovers as he averaged four per game this week. Yes he’s the point guard so he’s going to have the ball in his hands more than any other player. Wall needs to cut down on the passes where he gets caught up in the air and dribbling into traffic. Like I said, I’m nitpicking here; but a struggling team needs to limit turnovers and it has to start with your All-Star.
Trending Down: Bradley Beal & Kelly Oubre Jr.
This has absolutely nothing to do with Beal’s play. But once again, Beal found himself injured after catching an elbow in the face against Boston forcing him to miss the remainder of that game as well as the Toronto game. Beal broke his nose and had to go through the concussion protocol. He played well against Denver scoring 17 points while rocking his Rip Hamilton mask but the last thing Wizards fans want to see is Brad missing more games.
Kelly Oubre Jr. is officially out of the rotation now. Drew Gooden is healthy and Wittman is often opting to go with three guards on the floor. In the Houston game, Wittman went with Sessions, Neal, Beal, Gooden, and Nene instead of brining Oubre in for Porter. Porter injured himself against the Rockets and Oubre still didn’t get any minutes. His offense has slowed down but his length and activity could still be used on the defensive end. Wittman must not feel comfortable with Oubre at the power forward position as now Gooden is getting the reserve minutes.
Something tells me things might change but for now, Oubre finds himself out of the rotation.