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Wizards' Rui Hachimura: Double-double Sunday
Hachimura produced 11 points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes in a 104-95 loss Sunday against Golden State in a preseason contest in Japan.
After nearly posting a double-double in the preseason opener, Hachimura made it happen Sunday. He's averaging 12 points and 9.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in two preseason games while going 9-for-19 from the field. The 24-year-old missed the first 39 games of last season and came off the bench in 29 contests before starting the final 13 games of the season. He averaged 14.2 points and 5.1 rebounds as a starter but will have to compete against Kyle Kuzma, Deni Avdija and Will Barton for minutes on the wing this year.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Will Barton: Struggles in preseason debut
Barton tallied 12 points (3-10 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), a rebound and three assists in 23 minutes in a 104-95 loss Sunday against the Warriors in a preseason contest in Japan.
In his first appearance of the preseason, Barton struggled from the field. He missed the Wizards' first preseason game due to a lower back injury and wasn't announced as a starter Sunday until close to game time. Washington acquired the 31-year-old in July from Denver and hopes he will maintain his production from eight seasons with the Nuggets when he averaged 14 points per game and made 36.2 percent of three-point attempts.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Kristaps Porzingis: Strong showing in loss
Porzingis compiled 18 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes in a 104-95 loss Sunday in a preseason game against the Warriors in Japan.
Porzingis bounced back from a poor preseason opener and had a productive game against the defending champs. He has six steals and three blocks in the first two preseason games. The 27-year-old averaged 22.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 17 games with Washington last season after being acquired in a midseason trade with Dallas. He can opt out of his contract following the season and will likely choose to do so with a healthy and productive campaign.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Will Barton: Starting against Golden State
Barton will start Sunday against the Warriors, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic.
Morris went from being probable to being confirmed as available and finally to ending up as a starter in a matter of hours. The veteran will replace Bradley Beal, who was given an scheduled rest day for this contest.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Will Barton: Will play Sunday
Barton (back) will play Sunday against the Warriors, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic.
Head coach Wes Unseld confirmed the availability of the veteran sharpshooter, who missed the previous preseason contest with lower back soreness. Barton averaged 14.7 points per game while shooting 36.5 percent from three-point range during the 2021-22 season.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Will Barton: Might end up playing Sunday
Barton (back) is probable for Sunday's game against the Warriors, according to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post.
The 31-year-old veteran did not face the Warriors in the preseason opener, but there is a chance he can play this time around since his injury has never been deemed serious in the first place. Barton is expected to play a consistent scoring role for Washington in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Bradley Beal: Will receive rest Sunday
Beal won't play Sunday against the Warriors and will receive rest from the coaching staff, according to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post.
Beal underwent season-ending surgery in February to address a left wrist injury, and even though he recorded only 18 minutes in the preseason opener, that should be enough to suggest he's healthy entering the upcoming campaign. The Wizards are not looking to deal with any risks regarding his availability, so with that in mind, resting him represents an intelligent decision.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Deni Avdija: Not facing Golden State on Saturday
Avdija won't play Sunday against the Warriors since he continues to rehab from a nagging groin injury, according to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post.
The young and promising forward has been ruled out for the second game of the series against the reigning NBA champions, but the goal remains to keep Avdija healthy enough to be part of the starting unit for the start of the regular season. The Wizards open their campaign on the road against the Pacers on Oct. 19.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Bradley Beal: Sees 18 minutes in preseason opener
Beal (wrist) recorded nine points (4-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 18 minutes during Friday's preseason game against the Warriors in Japan.
Beal underwent season-ending surgery in February to address a left wrist injury, but the fact that he was able to play in the Wizards' preseason opener suggests that the guard is fully healthy ahead of the regular season. Despite not receiving a full complement of minutes Friday -- which was to be expected -- Beal's participation bodes well for his availability going forward as he looks to bounce back in 2022-23. In 40 appearances last season, Beal averaged 23.2 points, 6.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds across 36.0 minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Kristaps Porzingis: Up-and-down preseason opener
Porzingis tallied seven points (3-10 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block in 21 minutes during Friday's preseason game versus the Warriors in Japan.
Porzingis struggled mightily with his outside shooting but played well in every other aspect. His four steals and one block are essential for a Wizards team lacking much size outside of him. Porzingis has proven to be a capable floor-spacer in the past, so expect his shooting splits to look better once the regular season rolls around.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Johnny Davis: Struggles in Wizards debut
Davis posted four points (0-5 FG, 4-4 FT), three assists, three steals and two rebounds in 22 minutes in Friday's preseason contest with the Warriors in Japan.
Davis was unable to convert on any of his field goals Friday. However, he was able to be disruptive on defense and get to the free throw line. Ultimately, Davis will take time to adjust to the NBA and will likely come off the bench to start the season.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Rui Hachimura: Posts near double-double
Hachimura tallied 13 points (5-9 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-7 FT), nine rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes during Friday's preseason matchup with the Warriors in Japan.
Hachimura only played 42 games last season for the Wizards, so this is a crucial season to prove he is part of the team's long-term plans. The 6-foot-8 forward led the team in scoring and rebounding. However, he will have to improve on his outside shooting if he wants to overtake Kyle Kuzma in the starting lineup.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Will Barton: Dealing with back tightness
Barton didn't play in Friday's preseason opener against the Warriors in Japan due to lower-back tightness, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.
The 31-year-old apparently had his back tighten up during the long flight to Japan, so the Wizards opted to play it safe and hold him out of Friday's exhibition, per Wallace. It appears to be a minor concern since coach Wes Unseld Jr. said Barton would have played were it the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Devon Dotson: Inks deal with Washington
Dotson has signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Wizards on Thursday and is expected to compete for a two-way roster spot, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Dotson played in 11 games for the Bulls in 2021 and averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 assists and 0.8 rebounds in 7.7 minutes. The Wizards are thin at point guard, with Monte Morris and Delon Wright being the only established players at the position. Dotson will compete with Quenton Jackson and Jordan Goodwin for two-way deals.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Deni Avdija: Nursing groin injury
Avdija said Friday that he's dealing with a groin injury that occurred while he was playing for the Israeli national team over the summer, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
The nature of the injury is unclear, but it sounds like Avdija may be limited when Washington begins training camp Sep. 24. The Wizards' first regular-season game is Oct. 19 against the Pacers, so as long as Avdija can shed any potential restrictions during the preseason, he should be available for the start of the 2022-23 season.... See More ... See Less
Wizards' Jordan Goodwin: Inks Exhibit 10 with Washington
Goodwin signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Wizards on Tuesday, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.
Goodwin saw six total minutes with the Wizards last season. He spent most of his time in the G League with the Captial City Go-Go. There, in 31 regular-season appearances (all starts), he averaged 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals. The guard should join the Wizards for camp, but it would be surprising if he made the final roster.... See More ... See Less