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Wizards' Deni Avdija: Benched in second half
Avdija supplied zero points (0-2 FG) and one rebound across nine minutes during Friday's 117-116 loss to the Hornets.
Avdija started his 14th straight game Friday but was benched in the second half in favor of Corey Kispert. Avdija had a nice stretch in mid-to-late November as the Wizards dealt with injuries, but he's struggled to be effective when the team's core is healthy. Over his past five appearances, he's shot just 35.5 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from deep. Even in deep leagues, it's becoming difficult to hold onto the forward.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Corey Kispert: Hits four triples
Kispert ended Friday's 117-116 loss to the Hornets with 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-7 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal across 31 minutes.
Kispert came off the bench Friday but ended up starting the second half over Deni Avdija, who played just nine minutes. The sophomore marksman is on pace for career highs in points (9.3), assists (1.7), steals (0.7) and threes (1.7) per game, plus field-goal percentage (52.6) and three-point percentage (44.1). He's mostly a streaming option for deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Jordan Goodwin: Low minutes in loss
Goodwin notched three points (1-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt), six rebounds and one assist across 14 minutes during Friday's 117-116 loss to the Hornets.
Goodwin hit his only shot toward the end of the third quarter and then didn't see the floor at all in the fourth. Coach Steve Clifford went with a bigger lineup and stuck with it as the unit mounted a huge comeback. This is the second straight game that Goodwin saw less than 20 minutes, which might be something to monitor.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Daniel Gafford: Huge game off bench
Gafford racked up 10 points (3-8 FG, 4-10 FT), 12 rebounds, one assist and six blocks in 24 minutes during Friday's 117-116 loss to the Hornets.
Gafford had one of his best games of the season. Friday night was the most minutes he has seen in almost a month, and, other than his shooting, he put up solid numbers. His 12 boards and six blocks were both season highs, and the 24-year-old center proved once again that he can produce when given the opportunity.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Kristaps Porzingis: Second straight double-double
Porzingis logged 21 points (5-14 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 11-13 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal over 36 minutes during Friday's 117-116 loss to the Hornets.
Not only did Porzingis hit the 20-point mark in his fourth straight game, but he's also logged double-digit rebounds two games in a row. Though he struggled shooting the ball in the loss, he still managed to fill up the stat sheet. This was the third straight game the 27-year-old center recorded at least one block and one steal in his 30-plus minutes on the floor. As long as he stays healthy, you can count on this kind of production to continue.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Bradley Beal: Leads team in scoring
Beal closed with 33 points (12-24 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 7-8 FT), six rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 40 minutes during Friday's 117-116 loss to the Hornets.
Other than a couple crucial turnovers toward the end of the game, Beal had a fantastic night helping lead a Washington comeback in the fourth quarter to almost steal the victory. His 33 points led both teams, and his performance marked the sixth time in seven games he has shot at least 50 percent from the field. The three-time NBA All-Star is averaging 24.1 points, 5.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 17 games played this season.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Rui Hachimura: Given week-to-week timeline
Hachimura is considered week-to-week due to a bone bruise in his right ankle, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.
Hachimura has missed seven straight games due to the issue, and coach Wes Unseld's notion that he will be week-to-week is certainly not encouraging. Anthony Gill and Deni Avdija should continue to receive extended run during the duration of Hachimura's absence.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Rui Hachimura: Still out Friday
Hachimura (ankle) won't play in Friday's game against the Hornets.
Hachimura will miss his sixth consecutive game Friday due to a right ankle bone bruise. Hachimura's next chance to play is Sunday's game against the Lakers, but his return timetable is fairly open-ended.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Vernon Carey: Puts up team-high 25 points
Carey scored 25 points (12-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT) while adding five rebounds and an assist across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 116-114 loss to Maine.
Carey was efficient from the field and also looked active on the glass, as he remains an imposing presence down low for the Go-Go. He's not expected to have a real shot at meaningful minutes in the NBA any time soon, but he's clearly playing well in the G League with averages of 20.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game across eight appearances with Capital City.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Devon Dotson: Comes close to double-double
Dotson posted 20 points (6-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, six assists and a steal across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 116-114 loss to Maine.
Dotson ended just one board shy of a double-double but also delivered solid playmaking numbers, as he ended up with a strong performance on both ends of the court. The shooting numbers are still not there, however, as Dotson is making just 40.5 percent of his shots while connecting on just 20 percent of his three-point attempts.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Will Barton: Held in check against Nets
Barton logged two points (1-4 FG), one assist and one steal over 14 minutes during Wednesday's 113-107 loss to Brooklyn.
Barton was held without a rebound for the first time this season during Wednesday's loss, and he was unable to prop up his fantasy value in other areas against the Nets. He's been held to single-digit scoring totals in four consecutive matchups and has averaged 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.8 minutes per game during that time.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Monte Morris: Minimal impact in loss
Morris ended Wednesday's 113-107 loss to the Nets with four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists and one steal over 29 minutes.
Morris failed to score over 10 points for the third time in his last four games. The 27-year-old guard hasn't even been to the free-throw line in his last five appearances. Morris' main fantasy value comes from the 5.1 assists he is averaging this season.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Bradley Beal: Keeps scoring streak alive
Beal provided 25 points (9-20 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 6-9 FT), five rebounds and six assists in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 113-107 loss to the Nets.
Beal's recent performances might be overlooked due to Kristaps Porzingis' impressive efforts and Kyle Kuzma's career-best scoring figures, but Beal continues to be the heart and soul of this team. The veteran shooting guard has scored 20 or more points in 10 games in a row and averaged 25.8 points per game in November, shooting 53 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from deep in that span.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Kyle Kuzma: Scores 25 points on 25 shots
Kuzma closed with 25 points (10-25 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one block across 40 minutes during Wednesday's 113-107 loss to the Nets.
Kuzma struggled in terms of efficiency, but he still posted another strong scoring performance while delivering decent numbers in other categories. He's not expected to fill the stat sheet on a regular basis, however, and most of his value comes from what he can do scoring the rock. Fortunately for both the Wizards and fantasy managers who have him rostered, Kuzma is having a strong offensive year. He has scored 20-plus points in six games in a row and is averaging a career-best 20.6 points per contest.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Kristaps Porzingis: Second straight dominant outing
Porzingis contributed 27 points (8-14 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 9-14 FT), 19 rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 38 minutes during Wednesday's 113-107 loss to Brooklyn.
Porzingis was coming off a dominant 41-point performance against the Timberwolves on Monday, and while he couldn't reach that scoring figure, he still notched an elite fantasy line highlighted by a season-high mark in rebounds. Porzingis is playing his best basketball of the season of late and is averaging 25.6 points with 8.6 rebounds per game across his last five appearances.... See More ... See Less