Washington Wizards Rumors
The perception of the Wizards from the outside and within their own locker room at the midway point of this 2017-18 season perhaps says a lot about how the expectations are higher than they have been for this franchise in quite some time. After 41 games, exactly the halfway point, the Wizards are 23-18. Over the course of a full 82-game schedule that would amount to 46 wins. Considering that this team has only won 46 games or more twice since the 1978-79 season, that’s not bad at all. But the Wizards have reached a new era where simply being good isn’t good enough. When asked to grade the first half, head coach Scott Brooks and his players all offered marks within the C to B range. What held them back from As is the fact they have lost many games they feel they should have won.
The Wizards have had consistency issues in years past, but this is an unusual split. Past records show they are generally very good against lesser teams. “I know y’all are tired of hearing it and I’m tired of saying it,” John Wall said. “Until we prove that we can do it on a nightly basis, we’re going to have these same conversations.”
Manny Navarro: HOT SPO: Entering Wednesday, only 6 players in the league had at least seven technical fouls: Draymond Green (11), Kevin Durant (8), DeMarcus Cousins (8), Dwight Howard (7), Markieff Morris (7) and Russell Westbrook (7). Spoelstra has 7. #Heat players, meanwhile, have 6 combined
Take those truths together, and you’re left with this reality: Beal somehow needs to encourage more people to vote for him. Without, um, talking. He has endorsed that platform, too. Both Beal’s agent and his team have asked him to use his social-media reach to ask fans for more votes. He has declined, making only one exception: for a video starring real-life pandas — one of his nicknames — accompanied by various panda-power get-out-the-vote captions. That, he thought, seemed corny enough not to offend. Good luck getting him to go further than that.
“If it has anything that says, ‘Vote for me,’ I’m not posting it. I’m just not posting it,” he said this week. “That’s definitely outside of my box. That’s, like, a few boxes over. I feel like that’s kind of being conceited in a way. Not in a negative way, necessarily, but to me that’s just a little bit of conceit. Like, vote for me? I don’t agree with it.”
“I mean, he’s been the MVP of our team,” John Wall said. “I think it should be an automatic lock for him to be an all star. … I think he deserves it. I think he deserved it last year, and he got snubbed, and sometimes that happens in this league. And I feel like this year there’s no way he could be snubbed, at all.”