January 30, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) stands next to Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) in the second half at Verizon Center. The Bulls won 98-88. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Wizardly Links: Washington Wizards For Friday (10/11/13)

Before you enjoy your weekend and Saturday afternoon’s dynamic match up between the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls, check out today’s Wizardly Links.

- The Wizards had the talent to produce one of the best lineups in the NBA this past season: (via NBA.com)

84.4 - Points allowed per 100 possessions by the Wizards’ lineup of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Martell Webster, Nene and Emeka Okafor, the league’s best defensive lineup among 158 that played at least 100 minutes together.

-Since the Wizards were pretty successful with Martell Webster on the floor, why did they decide to start Trevor Ariza? I speculated: (via Wiz of Awes)

Even though Ariza is probably a better defender than Webster, albeit an overrated defensive player, I don’t see the logic behind starting him over Webster. With that said, the Wizards have two other capable small forwards who have the ability to start (Webster/Porter), and they may be trying to increase Ariza’s trade value by having him start right out of the gate.

-Jeremy Hyman, the Washington Wizards web editor, has been documenting everything the team has been doing since they’ve arrived in Brazil. Check out his running blog for continuous updates: (via Monumental Netw0rk)

There is a business-like feel to the trip now, everyone can sense that their is a game to be played tomorrow night and this isn’t just a four day vacation. The players and coaches are showing even more intensity to show just that.

- More coverage from Brazil from Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor (via Monumental Network’s DailyWizdom)

Working 9-5 in Rio. Yes I know it is hard to believe, but the Wizards seized every moment from their Thursday here in Brazil. The team had a 10 AM practice Thursday  at HSBC Arena which will host Saturday’s game a against the Bulls. After the practice the Wizards stayed at the arena for clinics and appearances. Yes a long day, but smiles all around.

- How did Wizards fans react to the first preseason game? Well, check out the reactions in .GIF form: (via WizardsXTRA)

Everyone in the DMV has had to deal with a lot in the past few weeks. Between the Congressional gridlock, the Government shutdown, and the Washington football team, this area really needs a win.

Thankfully the Wizards are back and fans are looking for the Wizards to make a good impression.

-Umair Khan examined the Washington Wizards’ triple baseline screen: (via Bullets Forever)

The triple baseline screen (or “Loop”) serves as a way of getting the speedy Wall in motion while simplifying his reads. For an offense without a premium of ball handlers capable of freelancing once a play breaks down, this set can trigger several actions such as a pick and roll, a flare screen in the corner or elbow, a post-up opportunity, or a Wall drive to the basket.


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