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Takeaways from Wizards' win over Pacers to take season series

Takeaways from Wizards' win over Pacers to take season series

Another season series is in the books for the Wizards after Thursday’s 111-98 win at the Indiana Pacers as they head into the All-Star break.

Otto Porter opened red hot from long range as he made all four of his three-point attempts in the first quarter en route to shooting 6-for-10 overall (game-high 25 points, eight rebounds). He was followed by Markieff Morris (21 points, seven rebounds), Bradley Beal (19 points), Marcin Gortat (12 points, seven rebounds) and John Wall posted his 35th double-double (20 points, 12 assists).

The Wizards (34-21) won the season series 3-1. They’ve also won the series with the Milwaukee Bucks 3-1, lead the Charlotte Hornets 2-0, the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks at 2-1.

Paul George (17 points) was limited to 6-for-19 shooting as he labored through the second game of a back-to-back for Indiana (29-28). Myles Turner (17 points, nine rebounds) was their best scorer with Rodney Stuckey (12 points) and Al Jefferson (12 points) being sparks off the bench.

--The difference in the outcome was three-point shooting. The Wizards, who held the Pacers to 4-for-21 shooting from three in the last meeting, kept them to 4-for-18 in this one. Conversely, they made 15 of 29 threes to tie a season-high.

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--Porter’s hot hand forced the Pacers to shift George, who usually covers Beal, onto the small forward. Porter responded by beating him off the bounce and getting into the lane with floaters that were converted. It also allowed the Wizards to get Beal some relief and not have to crossmatch to get a bigger defender on George. Beal made 4 of 7 threes. There were too many fires to extinguish.

--The bench’s inability to defend well vs. the Pacers was a problem in the last meeting. Then it was a 15-for-23 second quarter, 65.2% shooting, that allowed them to flip a 33-27 deficit into a 47-38 lead over Washington. The Wizards could’ve ended this one early but repeated droughts offensively and blown defensive assignments forced the starters back in. A 13-2 run trimmed the Wizards’ lead to 97-90 with 6:42 left. The Pacers had a 39-14 edge in bench scoring, but defensively is where the group seemed to lack more than offense. To score better, they have to play better defensively.

--The Wizards had all five starters in double figures with three minutes left in the third quarter for an NBA-leading 22nd time. Wall also had his ninth consecutive double-double by then. Among guards, no one in the conference is anywhere close to Wall with total double-doubles.

--Clearly more comfortable in the offense, this was the most assertive that Ian Mahinmi (five points, four rebounds in 12 minutes) has been in playing in his fourth consecutive game. He put the ball on the floor in and went at Al Jefferson successfully in the paint. Mahinmi made both of his field-goal attempts.

--Jeff Teague (six points) can be a matchup problem for the Wizards if he's allowed to get into the paint. Wall was significantly better and didn't gamble. In the last six quarters vs. Washington, Teague has scored eight points. 

[RELATED: VIDEO: Otto Porter hits buzzer-beater after shot clock malfunction]

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CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael's official 2016-17 awards ballot

CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael's official 2016-17 awards ballot

The NBA announced their awards for the 2016-17 season on Monday night. Here is the official ballot turned in by CSN Wizards Insider J. Michael:

Kia Most Valuable Player
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Harden, James (Hou.)   
Westbrook, Russell (OKC.)   
Wall, John (Was.)   
DeRozan, DeMar (Tor.)   

Kia Most Improved Player
Beal, Bradley (Was.)   
Antetokounmpo, Giannis (Mil.)   
Jokic, Nikola (Den.)   

Kia Defensive Player of the Year
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   

Kia Sixth Man
Johnson, James (Mia.)   
Iguodala, Andre (G.S.)   
Gordon, Eric (Hou.)   

Kia Rookie of the Year
Brogdon, Malcolm (Mil.)   
Saric, Dario (Phi.)   
McGruder, Rodney (Mia.)   

Coach of the Year
D’Antoni, Mike (Houston Rockets)
Snyder, Quin (Utah Jazz) 
Spoelstra, Erik (Miami Heat) 

All-Rookie Team
1st
Brogdon, Malcolm (Mil.)   
Hield, Buddy (Sac.)   
Ferrell, Yogi (Dal.)   
McGruder, Rodney (Mia.)   
Saric, Dario (Phi.)   

2nd
Brown, Jaylen (Bos.)   
Embiid, Joel (Phi.)   
Murray, Jamal (Den.)   
Prince, Taurean (Atl.)   
Chriss, Marquese (Pho.)   

All-Defensive Team
1st
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Thompson, Klay (G.S.)   
Paul, Chris (LA-C)   

2nd
Butler, Jimmy (Chi.)   
George, Paul (Ind.)   
Whiteside, Hassan (Mia.)   
Bradley, Avery (Bos.)   
Beverley, Patrick (Hou.)   

All-NBA Team
1st
Leonard, Kawhi (S.A.)   
James, LeBron (Cle.)   
Davis, Anthony (N.O.)   
Harden, James (Hou.)   
Westbrook, Russell (OKC.)   

2nd
Green, Draymond (G.S.)   
Antetokounmpo, Giannis (Mil.)   
Whiteside, Hassan (Mia.)   
DeRozan, DeMar (Tor.)   
Wall, John (Was.)   

3rd
George, Paul (Ind.)   
Millsap, Paul (Atl.)   
Gobert, Rudy (Utah)   
Curry, Stephen (G.S.)   
Thomas, Isaiah (Bos.)   

[RELATED: Wizards 2016-17 awards with Chase Hughes and Chris Miles]

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2016-17 NBA Awards: All-Wizards Edition

2016-17 NBA Awards: All-Wizards Edition

On Monday night, the NBA's best and brightest will converge in New York City for the first annual NBA Awards.

In years past, the NBA's annual awards have been revealed throughout the playoffs, but for the first time ever, all the awards will be handed out on one night.

The Wizards are up for one award: "Best Playoff Moment."

The Wizards we're bounced in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but John Wall's Game 6 buzzer-beater was arguably the top moment of the 2016-17 playoffs. While the Wizards aren't up for any other awards, we decided to hand some out in advance.

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Wizards' MVP: John Wall

— John Wall wasn't just the Wizards' MVP, but one of the NBA's best players in 2016-17. In fact, other than LeBron James, Wall is arguably the best player in the Eastern Conference. He may not win the NBA MVP award, but he's definitely one of the 5-10 potential candidates.
 

Wizards' Most Improved Player: Bradley Beal

— Bradley Beal's 2016-17 season was injury-free, and in-turn, was his best season as a pro. He increased his points per game from 17.4 to 23.1 and improved his shooting from both the field and from beyond the arc. The Wizards had the second best backcourt in the NBA in 2016-17, and Beal was a huge reason why.


Wizards' Best Newcomer: Scott Brooks

— The NBA Coach of the Year award is likely headed to Houston's Mike D'Antoni or Miami's Erik Spoelstra. But Brooks deserves recognition. In his first season with the Wizards, the former Thunder head coach led the team to 49 wins and within one game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Of all the additions the Wizards made last offseason, Brooks' was the most significant.


Wizards' Most Quotable: Markieff Morris

— Markieff Morris wins this one in a landslide


Wizards' Best Dressed: Kelly Oubre

— he wore a customized surgeon's mask to a game. It's his award and everybody else is just playing games. 


Honorable Mention: Jason Smith

— The 7-footer was a great addition in his first season with the Wizards, improved his range and became a credible threat from beyond the arc off the bench, and was one of the most entertaining players on the team. He didn't win any awards, but he deserves some recognition.