Wizards at Magic Final Score: ‘Everybody Eats’ yet again as the Wizards blowout the Magic 115-98

Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 19 points to go along with six assists as the Wizards beat the Magic, 115-98, dropping them for the third time this season. All five starters scored in double-figures and the “everybody eats” model held true again tonight as the Wizards combined for 35 assists on 46 made field goals.

After enjoying a lead for the entire first quarter, the Magic made a run early in the second period with all Washington reserves on the court. Tomas Satoransky checked back into the game at the 3:31 and that flipped the tide. Washington ended the second period on a 12-2 run upon Sato’s return as the Wizards held a comfortable 56-47 lead at halftime.

The Wizards outscored Orlando 31-22 in the third period behind eight points and five rebounds from Marcin Gortat and some knockdown three-point shooting from Satoransky as Washington would blow this one open and never look back.

The starters got a rest in the fourth quarter and the ‘human victory cigar’ in Chris McCullough scored a bucket late as Washington would cruise to a 115-98 victory.

Sato with a career-high

As mentioned, Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 19 points on 7-9 shooting including going a perfect 3-3 from long range. He added six assists and two steals only coughing the ball up once all while locking down Elfrid Payton, a guy who’s torched the Wizards this season.

Sato was outstanding tonight looking to get others involved first and then staying within himself when looking for his own shot. He pushed the ball in transition whenever the Wizards had numbers resulting in easy baskets and even two three-pointers for him as he was wide open on the wing.

The tide turned for the Wizards at the 3:31 mark of the second quarter as Satoransky re-entered the game and forced a turnover right off the bat resulting in an easy basket for the Wizards.

All around great game from Beal

Bradley Beal was outstanding tonight finishing the game with 18 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds all in just three quarters of play. Unfortunately for Beal, the Wizards had such a large lead heading into the fourth quarter so there was no need to put Beal in and chase that triple-double.

Everything was working for Beal this evening. Nice assists to get others involved? Check. Slicing through the lane and finishing over the trees at the rim? Check. That lethal step back? You bet.

This was another All-Star worthy performance from Brad in just 31 minutes of play.

Tip Ins:

  • The win gives Washington their 17th victory over Orlando in their last 19 tries
  • Marcin Gortat added another double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds against his former team
  • Markieff Morris had another strong game with 16 points, three rebounds, and three steals tonight

Up Next: The Wizards have a very tough week ahead of them starting in Indiana against the Pacers on Monday night.


Magic at Wizards: Washington outlasts Orlando for 125-119 win behind 30 points from John Wall

The House of Guards combine for 60 points tonight as the Wizards get back in the win column with a win over the Orlando Magic, 125-119. Ian Mahinmi, yes, Ian Mahinmi scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Marcin Gortat logged another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

After an embarrassing effort just two night ago against the Utah Jazz, the Wizards started this one fast as they shot 67 percent from the field in the first quarter. The problem was, they had no interest in playing any defense as Orlando shot 70 percent from the field in the opening quarter.

Once again, Bradley Beal had it going tonight. Beal ended the night with 30 but scored 23 points in the first half on 10-13 shooting as the Wizards led by just two, 65-63 at the break.

With the lead seesawing back and forth in the fourth quarter, John Wall knocked down two straight jumpers from the elbows to stretch the Wizards lead to six, 119-113. Marcin Gortat set a screen for Beal but slipped it late in the game for the alley-oop and icing on the cake as the Wizards would close this one out.

John Wall takes over in the fourth quarter

Remember those fourth quarter struggles we were talking about with Wall just days ago? Tonight he took over when the Wiz needed him most, in the fourth quarter on both ends of the court.

After hitting two jumpers to stretch the Wizards lead to six, the Magic ran a play for Aaron Gordon in the post with Wall switched onto him. Gordon tried backing Wall down for the easy bucket but Wall met him at the rim, rejecting his shot.

Moments later, the Magic got out in transition and would have cut the Wizards lead to three, however, Wall hustled back down the floor rejecting Jonathan Simmons at the rim.

Ian Mahinmi has his best game in a Wizards uniform

It took more than a calendar year but finally, finally, Ian Mahinmi turned in an outstanding performance on both the offensive and defensive ends for the Wizards. Mahinmi scored 17 points tonight, just two points shy of his career-high 19, and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with three blocks.

Mahinmi stuck to what he does best which is only trying to finish around the rim with either a dunk or a layup and playing stellar defense. Half of Mahinmi’s rebounds, four, came on the offensive end which ended in second-chance opportunities for Washington.

This is the Ian Mahinmi we could get used to.

The Wizards defense was AWFUL tonight

Orlando is a scoring juggernaut but tonight, they dropped 119 points on the Wizards on 51 percent shooting. Bismack Biyombo already had his career-high in the first half with 18 points (21 for the game) as the Wizards provided no resistance at the rim or in the restricted area.

On top of that, Orlando shot a very respectable 41 percent (12-29) from three-point range and there were times when the Wizards defense made Aaron Gordon look like the next coming of Reggie Miller.

They won’t be watching film for defensive strategies in this one, that’s for sure.

Tip Ins

  • John Wall eclipsed the 10,000 point mark making him the fourth player in Wizards franchise history with 10,000 points.
  • Bradley Beal notched his ninth straight 20+ point game of the season this evening.
  • You know its an offensive clinic when the Wizards score 125 points while only knocking down four three-pointers.

Magic at Wizards: Bogdanavic hits 8 three-pointers as Wiz win a wild one, 115-114.

It wasn’t easy but Washington made the shots when it counted most to beat the Magic, 115-114. Bradley Beal led the team in scoring with 32 points but it was Bojan Bogdanovic who stole the show with 27 points including a career-high eight three-pointers.

The Magic hit their first four field goals of the game whereas the Wizards went 0-3 to start which was a preview of things to come in the first half. After a deflating loss to the Raptors on Friday night, Washington was walking through the motions hoping that their talent would be enough to beat a subpar Orlando team.

Washington finally got their feet under them but still trailed by three, 28-25 after the first quarter.

Orlando came out on fire to start the second quarter knocking down their first four three-pointers and the Wizards didn’t have an answer. Wizards’ fans held their breath as Bradley Beal took a step-back jumper only to land on Terrance Ross’s foot and roll his ankle. Beal would head to the locker room but would be OK and return to the game.

The Magic came into the game as one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league but connected on 10-20 in the first half as they led, 61-46 at halftime.

The third quarter was a game of runs. Washington threw the first punch with an 11-2 run to cut the Magic lead to 10 midway through the third quarter. But the Magic countered with a 10-0 run of their own to take the lead by 17, 88-71. The Wizards counterpunched again with an 8-0 run with several tough shots from Wall and Beal as the Wizards trailed, 90-79 entering the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was a wild one. After the Wizards cut the lead to two, newly acquired Terrance Ross would hit a tough three-pointer to stretch the Magic’s lead out to five. And that’s when Bogdanovic caught fire. Whenever Washington needed a big bucket, Bogdanovic was there to provide it. Bogdanovic hit several clutch three-pointers down the stretch to either tie the game up or give the Wizards the lead.

Bradley Beal and Bogdanovic combined for the final 18 points for Washington. With the Wizards up one and just over 30 seconds to play, John Wall took an ill-advised shot resulting in a transition opportunity for the Magic. Fortunately for the Wizards, Aaron Gordon would miss his shot at the buzzer as the Wizards hang on to win an ugly one, 115-114.

Bogdanovic comes up big

Bogdanovic came up big for the Wizards tonight scoring 27 points with 15 coming in the fourth quarter, all on three-pointers. Whenever the Wizards needed a basket down the stretch, they kicked the ball to Bogdanovic for three. The second-newest Wizards hit a career-high eight three-pointers on 8-10 shooting from distance and is one of the main reasons Washington was able to get the victory tonight.

Bradley Beal rolls his ankle but still has a big game

As mentioned, Beal scored 32 points on 12-21 shooting including 3-5 from three-point range. Like Bogdanovic, Beal was very clutch for the Wizards knocking down big shots and driving to the hole to keep the Wizards in this game. It was a little odd that Beal didn’t touch the ball on the last possession as he’s clearly the closer for this team but regardless, it didn’t haunt them tonight.

Wizards get much-needed win

After a tough loss against the Raptors just two nights ago, the Wizards needed to beat a struggling Orlando team at home. The Wizards have struggled with Orlando this season evidenced by their 2-2 record and tonight was no different. More importantly, it gets Washington on the right foot before they head out west for a five-game road swing.

Wall scores career-high 52 points but to no avail as Wiz lose to Magic, 124-116

On a night where John Wall scored a career-high 52 points, the Wizards would fall short to the Magic, 124-116 in a game they weren’t really competitive in. Bradley Beal was the second-highest scorer for the Wizards with 19 points while Markieff Morris was the only other Wizards player to crack double figures with 10 points. This will go down as the saddest 50-point performance in Wizards history.

The Magic led by just one, 25-24 after the first quarter. Things fell apart for the Wizards in the second quarter as defense was an afterthought for this team. The Magic scored 40 points in the period on 14-20 shooting including a perfect 5-5 from three-point range. Elfrid Payton, a guy who struggles to score, knocked down his first three three-pointers in the quarter and Wizards fans knew it was going to be that kind of night.

The Magic stretched the lead to 19, 72-53 as they started the third quarter on a quick 7-1 run. John Wall would score 33-points in the second half but it was all for naught as the Wizards were never really within striking distance in this one.

Wizards lose 124-116; my friends, the sky is falling on this team.

Pathetic performance on defense

The Magic came into this game averaging a mere 93.2 points per game. They dropped 124 on the Wizards and eclipsed their season average by the end third quarter with 96 points. The Magic shot 51.8 percent from the field including 46.2 percent from three-point range. Even more surprisingly, Elfrid Payton, a player who struggles to score, shot 75 percent against the Wizards and dropped 25 points off of the bench. Simply a pathetic effort on the defensive end.

The Wizards bench is still a mess

This isn’t groundbreaking news however the Magic bench outscored the Wizards’ bench 73-22 tonight. Ian Mahinmi continues to miss time after playing in just one game after his knee surgery while the proclaimed second best offseason acquisition, Andrew Nicholson played just eight minutes tonight. Aside from firing General Manager Ernie Grunfeld for constructing such a horrific bench, there really isn’t much else to say.

John Wall scores a career-high 52 points in the saddest way possible

Wall’s 52-point performance was kind of quiet if that’s possible. Mostly due to the fact that the Wizards were down double-digits most of the game. As mentioned just three players scored in double figures tonight so Wall was forced to carry the bulk of the load. After the game, it was reported that the entire team was so fed up that only Wall talked to the media. Something is brewing inside of this locker room. Another ugly home loss against the Nuggets might be the final straw for a season that seems to be spiraling out of control.

Wizards blow a 19-point lead, hang on for first road win, 94-91.

The Wizards blew a 19-point lead but hang on to win their first road game, 94-91 as they take down the Magic. John Wall turned in another stellar performance with 26 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds but played 39 minutes tonight. Otto Porter chipped in with 19 points including two three-pointers late in the fourth quarter while the game was still in question.

After building up a first quarter 19-point lead, the Wizards saw it dwindle away as they led by just 10, 48-38 at halftime. The Magic chipped away at the lead even more as they were able to get within four, 72-68 entering the fourth quarter.

Things got chippy as Kelly Oubre went up for a dunk after a whistle and was shoved by Bismack Biyombo. Bradley Beal and Evan Fornier got into it in the middle of the scrum as all four players would receive technical fouls.

Cooler heads would prevail but the Wizards would relinquish the lead as D.J. Augustin hit a floater in the lane and got fouled by Marcin Gortat to stretch the Magic lead to four, 80-76 midway through the fourth quarter.

As mentioned, Porter would hit threes on back-to-back possessions, one from each corner to keep the Wizards within reach. John Wall would ice the game with two drives starting at the top of the key resulting in layups.

The Win brings the Wizards to 5-9 and for the first time all season, the Wizards win back-to-back games.

The bench was a no-show once again:

I feel like a broken record writing this but the bench provided next to nothing tonight. The reserves combined for just 12 points tonight led by Andrew Nicholson with six. That does not bode well as the Wizards host San Antonio tomorrow just one night after the starters played heavy minutes.

Wizards get crushed on the glass:

The Wizards were outrebounded 49-37 and gave up 14 offensive rebounds. Offensive rebounds were killer tonight as second chance opportunities often resulted in points for the Magic. Give a team two or three straight possessions and they’re bound to score. Luckily it didn’t burn the Wizards tonight.

Wall turns in another All-Star worthy performance:

As mentioned, Wall went for 26 points (10-18), 10 assists and seven rebounds tonight. To get this win, Wall needed to play heavy minutes. He looked to give more effort on the defensive end while matched up against Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin. In addition, Wall was able to get out in transition tonight, resulting in some easy buckets for the Wizards. It’ll be interesting to see how the coaching staff monitors his minutes as the Wizards head home to play San Antonio tomorrow.

The Wall-less Wizards come up short in the fourth quarter, lose 88-86.

Down 88-86 with the ball, Coach Scott Brooks drew up a tremendous play to get Markieff Morris wide open for a three-point attempt. Unfortunately, it didn’t fall as the Wizards lose, 88-86.

Wizards killer Jeff Green led the Magic with 18 points off of the bench. Markieff Morris was the high-scorer for the Wizards also with 18 points. The Wizards looked and played like a different team tonight without John Wall who was resting for precautionary reasons.

After finding themselves in a quick 6-0 hole, the Wizards dug themselves out by shooting 45.5 percent in the first quarter to take a 24-20 lead. Morris was a key contributor especially as he was the lone starter playing alongside the reserves. Morris hit several tough shots in the second quarter as the Wizards opened this game up with an 11-0 run and led at halftime, 50-40.

Andrew Nicholson, in a homecoming game against his former team, was a pit bull in the paint with three offensive rebounds and putbacks in the lane. The Wizards entered the fourth quarter up 70-61 and it looked like it could be smooth sailing.

That’s when the Wizards went ice cold. The Wizards hit just five field goals in the fourth quarter as they were outscored 88-86 in the period.

The loss drops the Wizards to 1-4 and it doesn’t get any easier next week as their next three games are against Houston, Boston, Cleveland, and Chicago.

Three Things:

The stage wasn’t too big for Satoransky:

Tomas Satoransky received his first NBA start tonight as the Wizards rested John Wall for precautionary reasons coming off of his double knee surgery. Satoransky scored eight points to go along with three assists, and two rebounds. He looked comfortable running the pick-and-roll with Gortat, made the right pass, and didn’t turn the ball over. Satoransky also hit a few floaters in the lane; something we haven’t seen from him before. Expect Satoransky to shift into the backup point guard role sooner rather than later.

Another quiet yet solid game from Otto Porter:

Otto Porter notched another double-double tonight with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Per usual, Otto was cutting through the lane and crashing the offensive glass. He hit his first two, three-pointers of the season as well tonight which was a nice thing to see.

In games where Wall doesn’t play, it’s imperative that Porter gets involved. The coaching staff seldom runs plays for Otto and when they do, he often checks his feet before shooting the ball which results in a miss. The Wizards are going to need more than 10 points from Porter.

The John Wall Effect:

The Wizards only had 11 assists in this game. It’s not unusual for John Wall to log 11 assists on his own. Too often, players were stuck playing 1-on-1 which allowed the Magic to collapse the paint on defense. It’s unclear how long Wall will continue to sit out the second half off back-to-backs but one thing is clear; this team needs him on the court.

A way too early ranking of the Eastern Conference

Last week we took a look at how the teams stack up early in the Southeast Division.

Now let’s see how the entire Eastern Conference stacks up now that free agency is in the rearview mirror.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs just won the championship. Cleveland just re-signed LeBron James to a three-year deal. Not much else to discuss here. Let’s keep moving.

2. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are here by default. After making their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance in team history, the Raptors are looking to build on that momentum to carry them even further. They re-signed All-Star DeMar DeRozan to a five-year $145 million dollar year to keep the dynamic backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeRozan intact.

Bismack Biyombo played out of his mind during the playoffs earning him a large payday but with the Orlando Magic. Many think that Biyombo’s departure could potentially set the Raptors back. I disagree. Biyombo is a backup center and a rim protector. He averaged 5.5 points and eight rebounds during the regular season but those numbers jumped 6.2 points and 9.4 rebounds during the postseason. Biyombo is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end but is very limited on the offensive end. He’s a classic energy guy who happened to explode on a national stage at the right time. Yes, they’ll miss his defensive presence and shot-blocking; it’s just, I don’t think that’s enough to set the entire team back.

The Raptors replaced Biyombo with the acquisition of Jared Sullinger. As a starter last season, Sullinger averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Celtics. However this year, he’s expected to come off of the bench for the Raptors. Sullinger’s playing style is the opposite of Biyombo. Sullinger is shorter in stature but throws his weight around to gain position in the paint. Sullinger can stretch the floor and is effective in doing so as he shot 44.1 percent from shots 5-9 feet from the basket and 44.9 percent on shots 20-24 feet from the hoop.

He isn’t a great three-point shooter but is capable of knocking them down as he shot a modest 28.2 percent from distance last season which is better than most centers.

The Raptors did what they had to do to stay at the top of the Eastern Conference. They may not scare Cleveland, but keeping DeRozan and other key players intact will make them a force to be reckoned with next season.

3. Boston Celtics

The Celtics return four of their five starters from last season. They upgraded at the center position in acquiring Al Horford to fill the void left by Jared Sullinger. Although Horford is 30 years old, the former All-Star is an instant upgrade over Sullinger as he averaged more points (15.2), shot better from the field (50.5 percent), and shot better from three-point range (34.4 percent).

Plug in rookie Jaylen Brown and now the Celtics have another long wing to go alongside Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko, and Gerald Green.

Additionally, according to ESPN.com, the Celtics are projected to have the easiest schedule in the league next season.

This team still lacks an “alpha dog” as I don’t believe Isaiah Thomas has reached that level yet. However, they still have a very good roster and one of the top coaches in the NBA. The arrow continues to point up for this team.

4. Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers didn’t get much publicity but positioned themselves very well for next season. The Pacers upgraded at point guard acquiring Indianapolis native Jeff Teague from the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade. Teague and Hill shot almost identical shooting percentages from three-point range and from the field, however,Teague averaged more points (15.7) and assists (5.9).

Us Wizards fans know that Ian Mahinmi is now gone from the Pacers. The Pacers seem very pleased and confident to move forward with second-year player Myles Turner at center and they also signed a Swiss Army Knife player in Thaddeus Young.

The Pacers secured up the center position with Al Jefferson and it’s very clear that Paul George is back to his superstar ways. The Pacers do have a new coach in Nate McMillan to get used to, however; this team looks poised to take a step forward after getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

5. Detroit Pistons

The Pistons bring back essentially the same roster that they had last season after re-signing All-Star center Andre Drummond. In somewhat of an under the radar move, the Pistons acquired Boban Marjanovic from the Spurs to play the backup center position. He is still somewhat of an unknown as he didn’t get too much playing time in San Antonio, however, he’s coming from the best culture in the NBA and will practice against one of the best centers in the NBA in Andre Drummond.

Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris will now have the entire offseason to get acclimated with the team rather than learning on the fly in just 30 games prior to the postseason. The Pistons have a nice core of players and young guys such as Stanley Johnson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who should continue to get better with time.

Expect a big step forward from the Pistons this season.

6. Charlotte Hornets

The losses of Jeremy Lin, Al Jefferson and Courtney Lee sting; No doubt about it. But as Kemba Walker enters his sixth NBA season, I feel that he’s on the verge of a breakout year. Walker scored a career-best 20.9 points last season. After getting snubbed from the All-Star game, Walkers’ numbers ballooned to 25.2 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.6 rebounds in the three weeks afterward. Walker has had his superstar moments evidenced by his 52-point game against the Jazz last season. We’ve seen Walker perform at All-Star levels in stretches; now’s the time where he does it for an entire season.

Outside of Walker, the Hornets kept many key guys intact by re-signing Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still around along with young, fresher guys in Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, and Jeremy Lamb to round out the roster. That’s enough to make the Hornets the early favorites to win the Southeast division.

7. Washington Wizards

The Wizards return their starting five (after the All-Star game) from last season. The big X-factor this season will be Bradley Beal. Will he stay healthy? That’s the $128 million dollar question. Although he feels his injury woes are behind him, the elephant in the room will remain until Beal proves that he can stay healthy as the four-year player averages just 62 games played per season in his short four-year career.

Another uncertainty for the Wizards is Otto Porter’s development. He has continued to develop over the past three seasons, however if the Wizards are going to be relevant in the playoff race again, they’ll need Porter to take yet another step forward. He needs to continue to increase his scoring as the front office is all in on him and Kelly Oubre at the small forward position.

John Wall on the mend from knee surgery and Bradley Beal’s health are a constant question mark, so if Porter can take on more of a scoring load for this team early; that will pay dividends down the road.

8. Miami Heat

Let me preface this by saying this ranking assumes Chris Bosh DOESN’T play next season.

The Heat lost key players in Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and Joe Johnson to free agency. That hurts. The team will now be counting on Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and up and comer Justice Winslow to carry the torch for this team.

The Heat should be just fine defensively as Eric Spoelstra is known for his defensive schemes however the offense is another question. Hassan Whiteside is limited offensively, the team replaced Wade with Dion Waiters, but will count on Goran Dragic to carry the scoring load. Dragic has averaged 20 points for a season just once in his career and if the Heat are going to be competitive this year, he’ll need to do that again.

The wildcard here is Chris Bosh. As mentioned, Bosh has been dealing with blood clots over the past two years causing him to miss 67 games over the past two seasons. If Bosh is cleared to play and can stay healthy, that should be enough for the Heat to make the playoffs. If he can’t, the Heat will probably be on the outside looking in.

9. Chicago Bulls

Will the Bulls make any three-pointers next year? It can be assumed that Rondo, Wade, and Butler will be starting at the point guard, shooting guard, and small forward positions. None of them shoot threes very well. That leaves Nikola Mirotic, the team’s power forward, as the Bulls’ best three-point option.

10. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks lost Jeff Teague and Al Horford in the offseason. Yes, they signed Dwight Howard but he has proven that he’s not the easiest teammate to play with. In addition, Dennis Schroder will now be counted on to lead this team. There’re too many unknowns right now. Expect the Hawks to fall out of the playoffs.

11. New York Knicks

Derrick Rose was right. The Knicks did form a “Super-Team”…… if the year was 2011. The Knicks should have an improved record now that there’s more talent surrounding Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. It’s just the players they signed in Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Courtney Lee are injury prone or are already past their prime.

12. Milwaukee Bucks

I thought the Bucks would break out last year but they didn’t. They have youth, size, athleticism, and a good coach (so we think). They fooled me last year. Now I need to see the improvement to believe it.

13. Orlando Magic

The Magic added size and athleticism in the offseason. Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka are good players; however, scoring is not their strong suit. Scoring for this team will be difficult.

14. Philadelphia 76ers

They went 10-72 last season and drafted the preseason favorite for rookie of the year in Ben Simmons. Can only go up from here, right?

15. Brooklyn Nets

Close your eyes Nets’ fans.