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NBA Playoffs Numbers and Notes: Wizards Sweep Raptors

Wall and Beal

In light of the Wizards’ unexpected sweep over the surprisingly submissive Toronto Raptors, here’s a few notes and numbers from Washington’s four games in Round 1.

* Remember Otto Porter? After playing just six total minutes in last year’s playoffs, Porter logged 32 minutes per in the four games against the Toronto Drakes, averaging nearly 10 points and better than seven boards per game. He finished the series with a net rating of +29 (128/99), while shooting 55-percent from the floor and 50-percent from long range.

It’s probably a little too early to definitively claim Porter’s professional emergence, but there’s no arguing his immense role in the Wizards’ sweeping effort en route to the second round. It’s the game’s biggest path to the game’s biggest stage and Otto Porter chose just the right time (for both team and fans) to remind us he’s still around and only 21 years old.

Here’s some more about Otto, written by yours truly.

* John Wall was soooo Optimus Dime in this series, averaging better than 17 points and 12.5 assists per game. Yowza!

* Say whatever you want about Paul Pierce during the regular season; the way he played in this series (and hopefully throughout the rest of the playoffs) is the reason he’s here. His 15.5 points per game and 58-percent shooting from deep are awesome numbers, but they still don’t represent the timing in which he twisted the dagger in Toronto’s side. So, so brilliant. And that’s why they refer to these old guys as “savvy vets”, and why they refer to Pierce as The Truth.

* Speaking of The Truth, how about that new stretch-four position, huh? Fortunately for Wizards fans (the same fans who have screamed for more Pierce at power forward for the last few months), head coach Randy Wittman finally decided to take a gander at the comments section and realized, “HEY! That does sound like a great idea!”

No, Randy. Your excuse of well we wanted to save him for the playoffs doesn’t work.

* Playoff Bradley Beal is a bad man. Check out this piece by Brett Oswalt at numberFire.

* Yes, even Razor Ramon Sessions deserve praise. He averaged 14 points, four boards and three assists per 36 minutes throughout the series and hit close to 56 percent from downtown. Similar to the Pierce acquisition (but on a different relative scale, of course), this series alone proved Sessions’ valuea.

Razor Ramon Sessions

* Drew Gooden was called on to help the Wizards’ spacing and add a (possible) threat from the three-point line. It worked. Gooden averaged 3.5 shots from deep per game and connected on half of them. Thanks, Big Drizzle.

* And it’s impossible to forget Marcin Gortat, who went from a Polish Machine to a Double-Double Machine by way of great footwork, awesome PnR, and veteran angles. For the series, Gortat averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks per game. This was the kind of line the Wizards FO envisioned when they forked over all that money last summer.

* Moving forward, all Wizards fans should take a rooting interest in the Brooklyn Nets. Somehow they’ve tied their series with Atlanta at two a piece and one could argue they even have some momentum after coming from behind two down. It’s not that either team is necessarily lethal right now, but it feels like the safer bet to draw the ghost of Deron Williams and Brook Lopez than to pray for Kyle Korver and Hotlanta to remain cold.

Happy Playoff Basketball!

  1. The Wiz traded away Andre Miller to Sacramento just before the trade deadline to acquire Sessions  (back)

Tyronn Lue Going for NBA Vine of the Year?

If we’re judging based off a specific scale, in which both facial expression and dialogue are considered, Cleveland assistant coach (and former Wizard!) Tyronn Lue is in the discussion for the NBA’s Non-Basketball-Move Vine of the Year.

For the record, Tyronn, that bearded guy with the man bun is none other than Luigi “GiGi” Datome, a 27-year-old rookie from Italy.

Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman Outwitted by Whiteboard

We would stop picking on Wizards head coach Randy Wittman, but he seems to like it this way.

Here he is, in a playoff game against the Raptors, falling victim to a very clever and sneaky whiteboard.

Bradley Beal’s reaction/face at the end is arguably the best part.

John Wall with a Sick Crossover and No-Look Pass

Last night was fun.

Despite playing against a pretty awful Philadelphia 76er’s team, the Wizards played well to pick up their 42nd win of the season, and John Wall (aka Optimus Dime) was spectacular, dishing out SEVEN assists in only the first quarter, and finishing the game with 13 points, 15 dimes, and four rebounds.

One of the best circus acts put on by Wall was this bad boy, in which he does a little dance, makes a little love, and then darts a no-look pass to a cutting Otto Porter.

(Unfortunately this beauty of a sequence didn’t go down as an assist. Porter was blocked at the rim.)

Thanks to @adammcginnis for the sweet clip.

Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman Not Giving Max Effort?

Wizards head coach Randy Wittman constantly talks about the lack of consistent effort he gets from his basketball team, yet here he is heading for the locker room prematurely, as Washington fell 103-101 to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Much to do about nothing? Probably. Coming from a bitter Wizards fan? Yes. Point being, though — practice what you preach, dude.

Fire up the buses. Let’s starting creating hashtags for #Calipari2DC or #DAntoni2DC, and then follow them up with #ThatWouldCostMoneySoKeepDreaming.

DeMarcus Cousins Puts the Boogie Crossover on Wizards’ Nene

Noooooo, Nene! Don’t reach for it!

Too late. DeMarcus Cousins put the Sactown Boogie on the Wizards big man, and Nene knew as soon as the bucket went down how bad he looked — dramatically hanging his head in embarrassment.

The Wizards would go on to lose by 23 to the Kings.

Wizards Stud John Wall Pulls a 360 Layup against Clippers

The Wizards snapped their five-game win streak on Friday night, falling 113-99 to a fire-shooting Clippers team in Los Angeles.

But John Wall was sure to leave us with a lasting bucket — one that may contend for layup of the year. And one that left Matt Barnes frozen in space.

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