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Beal coming up with the loose ball, hustle plays for the Wizards in his first game back.
Beal back in with 4:10 left
Beal sitting after playing 29 minutes. That might be it for him, but since Witt didnt reveal limit, dunno.
Wizards have lost six straight including last night to 76ers. Now lost 21-point lead to team that lost to Knicks at home last night.
Maybe Wall's 360 layup starts a turnaround. (Wiz empty trip followed by KCP bucket) Or not.
Wall 360-layup alert.
Monroe stuffed Gortat on one end then went end-to-end only to have Wall stuff him at the rim. But Monroe gets fouled, hits 2 FTs. Wiz 80-79.
Greg Monroe argued to the ref that Seraphin was bumping him seconds before the ref whistled Seraphin for bumping Monroe.
Wizards say it’s a sellout. 10th this season and 4th in last 5 games.
Wizards announce 10th sellout. Fourth in five games.
Pistons have cut the deficit to 5 with 10:37 left.
Wizards once led 69-48. Since then outscored 27-11. 80-75 with 10:37 left.
Pierce and Beal starting the 4th quarter with Sessions, Seraphin and Gooden.
End of 3Q: Wizards 80 Pistons 70. Lead was 21 at one point. Wall 16 pts. Gortat 14 & 14. Drummond leads Pistons with 13.
Seraphin in for Nene, meaning the entire starting 5 sits for final 40-something seconds of 3Q. Let's see what happens in 4th...
Gortat sits with 2:32 left in 3Q.
Etan Thomas in the house. Another game without Humphires and he might suit up.
Pierce is hurt after fouling Drummond. Looks like lower back/right hip.
Andre Drummond shook his head jogging back down the court after Pierce drained a long jumper, though not quite his 5th 3-pointer.
Pistons cut lead to 15 and you can hear, feel the anxiety in the crowd.
Wizards still unloading on the Pistons. Pierce drains his fourth 3-pointer for 69-48 lead. Timeout, Stan Van.
Pierce bought the team cheesesteaks after the game last night btw. Maybe they just preferred that over Brazilian.
Wizards up 60-44 at half. 6/13 from 3. Shooting 55.8%. 17 assists, 5 turnovers. Wall and Gortat = 12p each.
Half: Wizards 60-44. Gortat already with 12 and 10. Most 1H points for Wizards since scoring 60 on Jan. 9.
Beal leaving with 1:25 left in the half. Played 17 minutes. Maybe the minutes limit is 32-35.
The Wizards are better defensive backs than the Redskins defensive backs.
Drew Gooden takes a couple steps back and hits a 3. He’s 4-for-4. 3 midrange Js and the 3. He’s got 9 pts.
I feel Anthony Tolliver should have been on the Wizards at some point. (Insert your "Cause he's a 3-point shooter" joke here)
Beal’s 1st bucket is a 3 in transition. That’s 5 threes for the Wizards. The most they’ve had since they last played Detroit last Sunday.
This is the first time Bradley Beal and Ramon Sessions have played together.
Wizards have made 4 three-pointers, which is as many as they made against the T’Wolves and 76ers.
Wizards = 12 assists, 1 turnover. Shooting 66.7%. Pistons still scored 27 pts and shot 57.9% themselves.
The 37 pts is the Wizards’ most in a qtr this season. Apparently having guys like Pierce and Beal on the floor help.
The Wizards, after scoring 39 points in the 2nd half against the 76ers last night, just scored 37 points in the 1st qtr against the Pistons.
Wizards just scored their most points in any 1Q this season. Leading 37-27. Wall 8 pts.
Drew Gooden set to enter as the first big off the bench. Seems reasonable, but will he help stretch the floor? No attempted 3's at Philly.
Otto in for Pierce and immedialtey fires up a jumper. Swish. Needs that aggression to stay on the court
Beal coming out after six minutes.
Beal 1st taken out after 6 minutes. He’s on a minutes limit of some sort.
The Wizards are en fuego. 5 for 5 to start. Pierce with two 3-pointers. Lead 12-4. 45-plus minutes left.
Another Pierce 3 makes it 12-4, Wizards. They’re getting to the rim and hitting 3s, which is exactly what they haven’t been doing.
Wizards’ 1st possession: Wall hits a trailing Pierce for a 3.
I asked Prince about the Otto comparisons last year.
By starting Pierce, Wittman denied the long-awaited Otto Porter v Tayshaun Prince starting matchup. Boo.
Also seems like perfect time to get the bench some help by using Beal or Pierce off it. Maye desperation doesn't allow for such thinking.
Surprised Beal is starting. Desperate calls for...
Wizards starters: Wall, Beal, Pierce, Nene, Gortat. Pistons: Jackson, Caldwell-Pope, Prince, Monroe, Drummond.
Wittman repeatedly shouldered blame for losing streak in pregame media session.
Bradley Beal will be on a minutes limit. Wittman didn't say the actual limit. Except 25-30.
Beal playing tonight not much of a surprise after Wittman said last night that he didn’t need to go through a practice.
Humphries isn’t playing. Groin injuries are no joke.
Beal, Pierce WILL PLAY tonight per Randy Wittman. Humphries out.
Beal and Pierce are playing. Beal will be on minutes restriction.
Since Feb. 11, when Wizards’ losing streak began, Wall is t-5th in NBA in shots in restricted area. He’s 20-for-40.
Wizards haven’t lost 7 straight since losing 8 straight in Dec. 2012.
GAMEEEDAYYY !!! Need this Win !!!
Can't say this loss was stunning. Question is how good are Hoyas away from home against NCAA Tourney teams. Should learn more Tue at Butler.
Hoyas fall 81-70 at St. John's despite 29 points with 7 3's by DSR. Not a good look overall, but also not a stunner. At Butler Tuesday.
Per CBSsports's site, Joshua Smith played only five mnutes before fouling out. He started.
Please don't tell me JT3 called that timeout with the clock U12 and after his team just scored.
Update Othella Harrington's stats with Hoyas. Received tech at half, as did a St. John's assistant. These teams just don't like each other.
Half: STJ 43 Hoyas 42. Most 1H points allowed by GU this season, topping 40 by Indiana, a game also at MSG and a game Hoyas rallied to win.
Hoyas 2-7 when trailing at halftime, by the way.
That should be a flagrant on the Johnnies.
Neither the stat community nor Charles Barkley thinks much of the Elmore Index.
Greene drove all the way to rim as Smith vacated the lane chasing someone. This shouldn't happen, the vacating the lane part.
Hoyas start 1 for 9 from the field. So not as good as shooting 15 of 22 in 2H in win over Red Storm earlier this month.