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Wizards News: Week 2 + 3

  The Washington Bulletin
  November 24th, 2017
  2010-2011 NLL World Champions
Week Two

After going winless in week one, the Washington Wizards bounced back in week two, winning two of their four games. Buddy Hield led the Wizards against the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring 29 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. The Wizards escaped with a four point win to get the first win of their young season. In their second game, the Wizards were able to secure a six point win against the Brooklyn Nets. Robin Lopez stepped up to help the Wizards get their second win of the season, scoring 27 points, 17 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks. These were impressive numbers, but compared to DeAndre Jordans 30 points, 25 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and 4 blocks, the Wizards were lucky to get the Win! Unfortunately the Wizards would lose steam, losing a game to the Utah Jazz by one point! To make things even worse, their fourth game of the week saw the Wizards lose by a buzzer beating three point shot by Memphis' Frank Ntilikina. Wizards lost that game by three points. Even though the Wizards had a pretty successful week, winning two games, and losing two by one basket each, GM Darko made some changes to the lineup, mainly moving Ish Smith out of the rotation due to his 18% shooting from the field, and 0/8 shots from deep. In his place GM Darko went with rookie Frank Mason III to run the team.
Week Three

In week three, GM Darko went with rookie Frank Mason III to run the show, and although he had a pretty decent week himself, the Wizards lost three of four games. Mason shot 38% from the field, 44% from deep, scoring 6 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. But his +/- was a -9.1 which is a little disturbing. Mason did have career high 12 points vs the Nets, 9 assists against the Bulls, and 5 steals against the Clippers. But the question remains were the Wizards better with a veteran like Ish Smith running the show even with terrible shooting, or will GM Darko continue to run with the rook? We saw the Wizards beat the Nets and Clippers with Ish at the point, then lose to the same two teams a week later with Mason at point. You have to wonder, despite Ish Smiths shooting woes, if he is still a better leader for the Wizards. Next week the Wizards will go against the Bucks, Hornets, 76ers, and Lakers. This will be their toughest week of the season so far for the Wizards. GM Darko has some tough decisions to make. Not helping is Seth Curry and Joe Johnson who continue to live on the injured list. These two guys really need to get on the court to help the team get things going.

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