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The Stunning, then Stuttering Start for the Wizards

Jared Hamlin, Sports Writer

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Washington has had an unexpected and rather shaky start to the 2017/2018 NBA Season. They started off 3-0 but that record soon changed. The Washington Wizards took on the west coast losing against the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, and winning against the Sacramento Kings. The Wizards then returned home to lose to, Eric Bledsoe the point guard for the Phoenix Suns at the Capital One Arena. The Wizards knew they had a challenge when the Cleveland Cavaliers came to Washington, DC. The poor defensive performance by the Wizards allowed Lebron James to score (57pts), and the 3-4 Cavaliers to a 130-122 victory.


Bradley Beal and John Wall and fellow teammates planned to stop this 2 game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. The Dallas Mavericks visited the Capital One Arena and beat the Wizards due to slow defense. Although not the best team, Dallas had a big threat in the Center department with Nerlens Noel and the rookie point guard out of North Carolina State, Dennis Smith. The Wizards took on the Los Angeles once again, this time at home with a 111-95 victory.

Fans had some things to say about the  ongoing season. Junior Evan Krieger said,“they’re playing more as a team and as all of their players continue to improve, their chemistry is building immensely.” “I think they can improve by really putting their all out on the court… they lose to teams that they definitely shouldn’t lose to.”  Another Junior Nnamdi Chikere a Wizards fan says “The maturity and leadership of Wall, Beal, and Porter have led Washington to recent success” the team as a whole needs to start playing defense as a team”.

Otto Porter Jr.’s improvement on his jump shot, John Wall’s leadership and consistency, and Bradley Beal’s clinicality inside and outside of the paint have helped the Wizards to a 5th place spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Even the big Poland international himself, Marcin Gortat has had his fair share of big moments so far this season. The Wizards could very well be one of the teams to beat in the East behind  the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.

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The Stunning, then Stuttering Start for the Wizards