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The Washington Wizards waived two players -- guard Steven Gray and forward Shavlik Randolph -- from their roster, the team announced Saturday.
The Washington Wizards were outscored by 18 points in the second half, as a three point Washington lead at haltime turned into a 100-85 blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs to close out the preseason.
A caveat to the result is that Washington rested several key players in advance of the season opener. John Wall, Nene, Emeka Ofakor, Kevin Seraphin, Jannero Pargo and Trevor Ariza were the six Wizard players who never left the bench. Manu Ginobili was the only regular sitting out for the Spurs.
A.J. Price and Jan Vesely scored 13 points each to lead Washington. Earl Barron added a double double with 12 points and ten rebounds, while Jordan Crawford added 11, but on a woeful 4-12 shooting. Trevor Booker had a nice all around game with ten points, five rebounds, and three assists in 20 minutes. Rookie Bradley Beal was held scoreless in 19 minutes of action. As a team, the Wizards only shot 37%.
Washington finishes the preseason with a record of 3-4. They open the preseason on Tuesday night against the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
Washington, winners of two-straight, defeated the Miami Heat on Wednesday, 101-94. Guard Martell Webster had a team-high 23 points off the bench on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, tying for the game-high with Dwyane Wade.
The Spurs, on the other hand, haven't played since Sunday, when they lost to the Orlando Magic, 104-100. With 13 points, Danny Green led a balanced scoring attack for San Antonio, as four other players hit double figures in scoring.
The Wizards open their regular season campaign Tuesday, Oct. 30, on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers, while San Antonio begins the 2012-13 season Wednesday, Oct. 31, in New Orleans against top pick Anthony Davis and the Hornets.
Tipoff at the At&t Center in San Antonio is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on CSNB.
Martell Webster scored 23 points to lead the Wizards to a seven-point win over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
The rookie shooting guard will be in the starting lineup for Washington.
The Wizards rookie moved around at practice on Wednesday without much trouble, but he'll be a game time decision against the Heat.
The Wizards are 2-4 on the preseason and coming off a 102-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Against the Bucks, Trevor Booker starred for the Wizards, scoring 22 points and adding seven rebounds in 22 minutes of play. It was the second consecutive game in which Booker led the team in scoring. The Wizards also got a strong performance from A.J. Price (17 points and 11 assists), who is battling Shelvin Mack for starting point guard duties until John Wall returns from his knee injury which will keep him out the first month of the season.
The Wizards take on the defending champion Heat, who in addition to their star-studded roster from last season added sharpshooter Ray Allen. The Wizards beat the Heat twice last season in late April, but LeBron James and Chris Bosh both did not play in either game, and Dwyane Wade played a total of three minutes.
Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.
Behind a solid defensive effort, the Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-94 on Saturday night for their second victory of the 2012 preseason. The Wizards limited Milwaukee to shooting just 40 percent from the field, forcing most of the Bucks' shots to come from the perimeter.
Starting power forward Trevor Booker played well for Washington on Saturday night, leading all scorers with 22 points in addition to grabbing seven rebounds in just 22 minutes of work. Point guard A.J. Price also played quite well in John Wall's absence, scoring 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 11 assists.
The Wizards had a hard time stopping Milwaukee from long distance, the Bucks connected on 10-of-21 three-point attempts, but they did a strong job of preventing easy shots. Milwaukee shot just 37 percent from inside the three-point line in the game, as the Wizards' front court dominated the post.
With the victory, the Wizards improve to 2-3 on the 2012 preseason, while the Bucks drop to 2-3.
The Washington Wizards have looked sharp so far in their fifth game of the preseason, and are currently leading the Milwaukee Bucks 54-48 at halftime. Trevor Booker has looked impressive so far, leading all Wizards players with 18 points on 8-13 shooting from the floor. Booker also collected six rebounds, a steal and an assist in the first half. Shooting guard Jordan Crawford is the only other Wizards player in double digits, coming off the bench to score 13 points in just ten minutes of playing time. Crawford has been efficient so far, shooting 5-8 from the floor and 3-5 from beyond the arc.
Washington has played strong defense as well, holding all Milwaukee players in single digits during the first two quarters. Brandon Jennings, Mike Dunleavy and Beno Udrih each have 7 points. The Bucks as a team are shooting 36.7% from the floor, compared to the Wizards' 53.5% shooting percentage. Milwaukee is staying in the game thanks to the charity stripe; they have shot 10-12 from the free throw line while Washington has made 4 of their 5 free throws.
Washington forward Nene may not be available for the season opener vs. Cleveland due to a nagging foot injury.
The Washington Wizards will visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday for a preseason game.
The Washington Wizards have exercised team options on six players for the 2013-14 season, including point guard John Wall.
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Trevor Booker led Washington with 12 points as the Wizards were downed by the Toronto Raptors in an NBA preseason game Wednesday.
Capitals radio voice John Walton will fill in for Dave Johnson on the Wizards/Bucks radio broadcast Saturday.
The Wizards continue to get healthy as the preseason progresses, and they'll face another young team in Toronto on Wednesday night.
After coming off the bench in the first two preseason games, Beal has started in place of Crawford in the last two contests. Beal is second among rookies in scoring, averaging 15 points per game. Selected by the Wizards with the No. 3 overall pick in June's NBA Entry Draft, Beal is vying for time with Crawford, who established himself as the Wizards starting shooting guard last season (his second year in the NBA).
Crawford recently received criticism from former coach, now NBA TV analyst, Flip Saunders who said he takes too many shots. While he continues to display his propensity for shooting, Crawford added a combined 10 assists to his stat line over the last two preseason games. Over the course of the first two preseason games, Crawford only had three combined assists.
The Wizards will return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors.
Suffering through plantar fasciitis, Nene could be ready for season opener on Oct. 30.
According to the Washington Post, the Wizards are very optimistic that both big men will be ready to go in a few weeks when the contests start to count.
Nene is working his way back from a plantar fasciitis in his left foot, something the 6'10 Brazilian has been dealing with all summer. Head coach Randy Wittman has seen progress in Nene's recovery.
"He’s going to be able to maybe start getting some shots up and get on the floor a little bit in that manner," Wittman said. "So, it was a positive report."
As for Seraphin, the forward was injured last week against the Cleveland Cavaliers when he strained his calf. Wittman doesn't expect the ailment to have any long-term effects.
"He’s better," Whitman said. "He’s able to get up on and walk on it now. Whereas yesterday he wasn’t able to, so that’s a great sign. He’s still probably going to be a little bit of a ways away, but if he keeps making these strides, we’ll see."
Nothing like a brief dispute to liven up an NBA preseason game.
Emeka Okafor scored 12 points and added six rebounds in his debut for the Washington Wizards
After being sidelined with food poisoning, Emeka Okafor will make his Wizards debut Monday night.
The Washington Wizards have to deal with yet another injury going into Monday's preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets -- the first NBA game in the new Barclays Center. Forward Kevin Seraphin suffered a a strained right calf in Saturday night's win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kevin Seraphin didn't practice & has been ruled out vs BKN after suffering strained right calf in #wizards win over CLE— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) October 14, 2012
Seraphin averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds a game last season, just his second year in the NBA. After Saturday's game, Seraphin was seen leaving the arena in a walking boot, but said he figured he'd be ok.
"We will look. I can put my feet on the floor and that doesn't feel very bad," Seraphin said, courtesy of the Washington Post. "But I'm going to be all right. Everything is in the mind."
That's about as optimistic as you'd want a third-year player to be. But injuries are sort of taboo for the Wizards right now. There's the obvious of John Wall out with a stress fracture. Nene has been sidelined with plantar fasciitis, and Emeka Okafor has battled injuries as well.
It could take some getting used to for Trevor Ariza in Washington DC. So far, the adjustment has been somewhat of a struggle for the most experienced and accomplished small forward on the Wizards roster. Ariza started in the first two preseason games for the Wizards, but with uninspired performances, he was recently benched for Martell Webster.
Ariza still ended up playing more minutes than Webster in Saturday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but both players finished with seven points on the night. Ariza has been seen giving up open shots to dish it to teammates with a worse look. There were some forced jumpers that he should have passed on, and Ariza had six turnovers in his debut against Charlotte. He was even called for traveling twice, and missed 12 of 15 total shots against the Bobcats and New York.
It's been a long road for Ariza since the glory day with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won an NBA Championship in 2009. Now, with the Wizards facing so much misfortune with injuries and inconsistencies, the eight-year veteran is going to have to make adjustments to solidify a new role.
This was Ariza in a Washington Post article:
"It's definitely tough that it hasn't been so fluid," Ariza said. "I want to play good. I want to win, but good thing it is the preseason and we have time to work out the kinks, but we still want to play good throughout those situations."
Washington trailed by eight after the first quarter but stormed back thanks to strong performances from both starters and role players.
Brian Cook and Jordan Crawford each contributed with 14 points, while Crawford also kicked in seven rebounds from the backcourt. Shavlik Randolph did a nice job off the bench, nabbing nine rebounds and handing out four assists.
Jan Vesely was superb in his 32 minutes, racking up 13 points, five rebounds and two assists while going 5-of-5 from the field. Bradley Beal poured in 14 points and added four rebounds along with three helpers.
Unfortunately, there was a minor bit of bad news on the night with a pair of injuries. Chris Singleton was held out of the game with a shoulder contusion, while Kevin Seraphin came out with a strained right calf in the first half and didn't return.
According to the official team twitter, Singleton is missing Saturday's tilt against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena with a right shoulder contusion. For now, there's no timetable on when Singleton will return to action.
Singleton showed some promise in his rookie campaign last year, averaging 4.6 points per game and earning 51 starts.
Unfortunately for Washington, it also watched Seraphin leave the game with what's being deemed a strained right calf, per Michael Lee. The third-year man is currently questionable to return.
It's been a rough offseason for the Wizards, who have already seen their star point guard John Wall succumb to a stress injury in his left knee. If his recovery goes according to plan, Wall will only miss the first couple weeks of the regular season.
The 2012-13 Wizards season starts Oct. 30 on the road against the Cavaliers.
Washington Wizards guard Martell Webster has impressed head coach Randy Wittman through the first two preseason games. Webster, who was acquired via free agency over the summer, has averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game so far with the Wizards.
Wittman, who is beginning his first full season as the Wizards' coach, likes what the eight-year veteran has brought to the team, as he told the Washington Post's Michael Lee:
"He gives us shooting, spacing on the floor. I think he’s gone and he’s tried to rebound the ball for us, help us on the boards some. All our bigs are missing in action right now so we’re piece-mealing some things. He has good size, and he’s given us a good spark off the bench."
Webster has spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he matched his career points per game average of 8.4. Before that, he played for the Portland Trail Blazers for five seasons. Webster's best NBA season came in 2007-08, when he scored 10.7 points and pulled down four rebounds per game.
Washington will look for another strong performance from rookie Bradley Beal. Beal played 26 minutes off the bench during Washington's 108-101 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday, and scored 15 points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Martell Webster is planning on another strong performance on Saturday. Webster was 3-of-4 from three point range on Thursday, en route to scoring 12 points in 27 minutes. Webster also pulled down 10 rebounds in the loss.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET from the Quicken Loans Arena. The game will be broadcast on local Cleveland radio, on WTAM 1100 AM.
Washington's overhauled roster makes its preseason debut against last year's worst team.
The Wizards coach has high expectations for the third-year point guard.
The Washington Wizards plan to be cautious with forward Nene when training camp starts Oct. 5, general manager Ernie Grunfeld said Tuesday at the team's media day. Grunfeld said the Wizards don't expect Nene to be ready for two-a-days when training camp opens, and the plan is to slowly work the Brazil native back as he recovers from plantar fasciitis that he aggravated during the 2012 Olympics.
The 6'11, 250-pound forward is expected to be ready before the regular season, but because of his history with the injury, Washington is willing to be wait until he's completely healed.
In March, the Wizards acquired Nene in a three-way trade involving the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers. In just 11 regular-season games with Washington, Nene started six of them, averaging 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Entering the 2012-13 season, Nene is expected to be one of the top two players on the Wizards' roster.
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The start of training camp is less than two weeks away and the Washington Wizards' 2012-2013 roster is almost set. Here's your guide to the newest Wizards and the moves that brought them to the District.
The Washington Wizards have signed veteran forward Brian Cook to a non-guaranteed contract, according to Michael Lee of The Washington Post. Cook was acquired by the Wizards in the trade that sent Nick Young to the Clippers. He played in 16 games, averaging less than 10 minutes per contest. For his career, he averages 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Cook and the Wizards have been in continual contact with training camp just two weeks away. He had also apparently received some interest from the Suns.
The addition of Cook pushes the roster to 18. The Wizards also gave point guard Steven Gray, center Earl Barron, and forward Shavlik Randolph non-guaranteed deals earlier in September. Washington has an open 15th spot on the roster heading into training camp, which opens at George Mason on October 2.
Earl Barron, Steven Gray, and Shavlik Randolph all received non-guaranteed contracts and invitations to the Wizards training camp.