The basketball gods were no longer with the Washington Wizards this season. Injuries were a factor. Bradley Beal is currently on Covid health and safety protocols. Corey Kispert missed some time. Delon Wright will be out for at least the next two to three weeks while recovering from a hamstring injury. The wizards just can’t take a break there.
Washington started the season pretty well, going 3-1. They took a few breaks during this time. Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner did not play after injuring himself just before tipoff. The Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine was in load management treatment with his knee. And the Cleveland Cavalier’s Darius Garland missed the game and suffered a laceration on the inside of his eyelid.
After a hot start, the Wizards have been on the losing side in five of their last seven games. To make matters worse, they hit a very difficult point in their schedule. Their next three games are at home against the Mavericks, Jazz and Grizzlies.
Of course, Luka Doncic is not an easy task. But the Mavericks have acquired another talent this offseason. Luke’s ability to involve everyone involved makes the entire team a threat. Any player on this Mavs team could be in for a big night.
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Your game against Jazz Saturday Night should be pretty interesting. Many people suspected the Utah Jazz would tank this season. Instead, they currently find themselves at #1 in the Western Conference.
Yes, I said that correctly. That wasn’t a typo.
How do the Jazz do it? You make a lot of points. The Jazz currently rank second in points per game in the NBA. Utah has six players averaging double-digit points per game. Lauri Markkanen has taken the lead with 22 PPG. He was purchased commercially from Donovan Mitchell and is looking like an all-star this season. Jordan Clarkson and Colin Sexton were also impressive. Many thought Sexton’s prime was behind him, but that turned out to be wrong. The Jazz play good basketball and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
The Wizards will play the Memphis Grizzlies again next Sunday. We already know them pretty well. This Ja Morant and Desmond Bane backcourt is possibly one of the top five backcourts in the entire NBA. The scary thing is that they only get better over time. Ja is emerging as a strong contender for this season’s MVP as he was on a mission early on.
These next few games are going to be tough and extremely important to the Wizards’ victory. Washington is currently 5-6 and ranked 9th in the East. The casters have to stay afloat and try to stay at 0.500 as best they can until their schedule eases up a bit.