Washington Wizards Weekly Recap: 12/10

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Missed out on this past week’s Washington Wizards coverage? We have you covered with the Wizards Weekly Recap.

Catch up on last week’s Washington Wizards news and scores with this week’s Wizards Weekly Recap.

How they fared this past week:

Lost to the Orlando Magic 127-120:

Markelle Fultz continued to torch the Wizards as he dropped 20 points. Evan Fournier led the Magic with 34 points, while DJ Augustin added 24 points off the bench. Once again the Wizards defense and rebounding struggles doomed the team.

Defeated the Philadelphia 76er’s 119-113:

The Wizards shocked the 76er’s as the defense finally stepped up. Washington forced Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to commit 15 combined turnovers. Hachimura led the Wizards with scoring with 27, while Davis Bertans added a season high 26. Philadelphia has now lost 10 straight games at DC.

Lost to the Miami Heat 112-103:

Jimmy Butler dropped a triple-double and Tyler Herro won the battle of the rookie stars. Herro finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Bertans continued to hurt teams from deep as he hit five threes. Moritz Wagner also added 19 points in the loss to their division rival.

Lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 135-119:

The Clippers were only up seven entering the fourth but were able to pull away thanks to the duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Leonard dropped 34 while George added 27. Bertans continued his hot stretch as he scored 25 points and made six threes. The Wizards defense couldn’t force stops when it mattered and the Clippers unsurprisingly ran away with this one.

Upcoming Washington Wizards match ups:

Tuesday, December 10 @ Charlotte Hornets

This game will see Rui Hachimura take on fellow rookie PJ Washington. Both are excellent scorers who excel in different areas. Washington hurts teams from deep while Hachimura strives from under the rim as well from mid-range. Who will reign supreme?

Saturday, December 14 @ Memphis Grizzlies

Washington faces off with Rookie of the Year front runner Ja Morant. Morant is averaging 18.6 points and 6.4 assists so far this season. While a battle between lottery teams, this will be a must-see matchup of fellow rookies Morant and Hachimura. All eyes will be on how Hachimura stacks up against the elite young point guard.

Monday, December 16 @ Detroit Pistons

Superstars Blake Griffin and Bradley Beal will be the focal point of this game. It will be up to Mo Wagner and Hachimura to stop the Piston’s frontcourt pairing of Griffin and Andre Drummond. This will be one of their toughest challenges thus far.

Rui Hachimura emerging before everyone’s eyes

Rui Hachmiura was drafted by the Wizards number nine overall and the fans were hesitant about the pick, to say the least. Fast forward to now and public opinion about the rookie has drastically changed.

Hachimura is averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists, while shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 20.5 percent from deep, 88.9 percent from the line. While this is a solid start, Hachimura has been on fire since the calendar turned to December. In five games so far this month, he is averaging 20.6 points and seven rebounds.

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Injuries have started to hit the Wizards hard, as Isaiah Thomas, CJ Miles, and Jordan McRae are all out. As the roster starts to get thin, Hachimura has been recently given extra minutes and in return, he has responded with an increase of production. Center Thomas Bryant is also out with an injury. He was the team’s leading rebounder before going to the sideline. In his place, Hachimura has stepped up on the boards. All the little things add up, and Hachimura has started to prove that he belongs on this stage.