*End of the first quarter: Wizards take a 24-23 lead: John Wall’s buzzer beater caps a 9-2 run to end a so-so first period for Washington.
1 seed, 59-23, 1st in Atlantic Division) Date and time: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Channel: NBCSW and NBA TV Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto Regular season series: Wizards 2, Raptors 2
Friday night, the Wizards guard reclaimed the smooth shooting stroke that elevated him to 13th in the NBA in scoring and resulted in the sixth-year player’s first all-star selection.
According to Neil Greenberg, the biggest liabilities for Washington in the half court are Kelly Oubre Jr., Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal.
All four rank in the bottom 20 percent of NBA players in the postseason for points allowed per possessions and each is hurting the Wizards in different ways .
>> Any way you judge the Wizards — with or without John Wall, at their best or worst, home or road, bickering or harmonious, big game or run-of-the-mill affair — they do one thing with stunning consistency: Flub the fourth quarter .
But after the Wizards swept the Raptors in the 2015 playoffs, Toronto made the conference final the next season while Washington still hasn’t advanced beyond the second round.
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