Washington Wizards 2014 News and Updates
3/10/14 - Even though they’re 12 games back in their division, the Washington Wizards just keep on rollin’. ESPN’s Hollinger Playoff Odds now has the Wizards as a 99.9% favorite to make the playoffs, their first time since 2008. After winning three straight, the Wizards dropped a tough one to Memphis, but bounced back a couple days later to defeat Utah, 104-91, behind Trevor Ariza’s 26 points. Bradley Beal contributed 22 points, while John Wall had a double-double of 14 points and 11 assists; Wall also blocked a pair of shots.
3/3/14 - The Washington Wizards are good. Proof of this? A gritty, three overtime 134-129 victory over Toronto, on the road at the Air Canada Centre on February 27. All Star John Wall was joined by center Marcin Gortat in ringing up 31 points each for the Wizards, who moved two games over .500; Gortat was joined by two other Wizards, Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal, in clearing double digits in rebounding. Wall also collected nine assists for the Wizards, team high on the night. The Wizards are without forward Nene, who could be done for the season with a knee injury which could keep him out for four to six weeks.
2/24/14 - John Wall joined an illustrious group of names this past weekend. By winning the NBA’s annual dunk contest, he joins such illustrious names as Spud Webb, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Blake Griffin and Vince Carter. In outdueling Paul George of Indiana, Wall became the first Washington player to win the contest. Additionally, Wall contributed 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals to the East’s winning effort in the All Star Game. In addition, the Wizards made news at the trade deadline by acquiring guard Andre Miller, who had been on the outs in Denver, in a three way deal which also included Philadelphia.
2/11/14 - Still in the playoff hunt, the Washington Wizards continue to hover at the .500 mark. After dropping a pair of close contests to San Antonio and Cleveland, the Wizards snapped back to the break-even point with a solid 93-84 win over Sacramento. The Wizards were led by power forward Nene, who collected 18 points and five assists in the win. Three other starters broke double figures in points – Marcin Gortat (17), Bradley Beal (16), and All Star John Wall (12).
2/3/14 - If there is anything surprising about the current NBA season, it might be the fact that, in the middle of a weak (aside from Indiana and Miami) Eastern Conference, the name of the formerly woeful Washington Wizards is right there in the middle of the pack. The Wizards, who ended Oklahoma City’s 10-game winning streak over Super Bowl weekend, sit fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 23-23 record – and are just two games behind Atlanta for second place in the Southeast Division. Point guard John Wall, named an Eastern Conference reserve to the All Star Game, is also debating whether to take part in the league dunk and skills contests.
Washington Wizards 2013-2014 Season
Despite a dismal 2012-13 record of 29-53, the Wizards showed flashes of improvement towards the end of the season once their roster was healthy. At the center of the Wizards potential is franchise point guard and former #1 pick John Wall, who received a max contract extension this offseason worth $80 million. Joining Wall in the backcourt is promising 20-year old scorer Bradley Beal, who finished third in Rookie of the Year voting last season. The frontcourt duo of Emeka Okafor and Nene will provide solid interior defense and veteran leadership to the young Washington team. The Wizards were widely lauded for their selection of Georgetown forward Otto Porter in the 2013 draft. With one of the best young cores in the league, coach Randy Wittman has the pieces in place to lead the Wizards to their first playoff appearance since 2008.
The average price for Wizards tickets at the Verizon Center in 2013-14 is $77. After opening the season on the road in Detroit against the Pistons, the Wizards home opener on 11/1 against the 76ers is averaging $71. The two most expensive Wizards home games this season are against the defending NBA Champion Heat on 1/15 and 4/14, both averaging $180. The next five most expensive home games are against the Lakers on 11/26, Thunder on 2/1, Nets on 3/15, and Bulls on 4/5, and Clippers on 12/14.