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Eastern Southeast Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
30-25 6-4 W2
30-25 7-3 W1
24-31 6-4 L2
13-41 3-7 W3
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Top Wizards News

  • Wizards' Justin Champagnie: Inks 10-day deal with Washington

    Champagnie agreed to a 10-day contract with the Wizards on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Prior to getting the opportunity with the Wizards, Champagnie had been a dominant performer for the G League's Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 22.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.4 steals, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.3 blocks in 37.6 minutes per game over 34 appearances. The third-year pro hasn't appeared in an NBA game since the 2022-23 campaign, and has made only five appearances since 2021-22. With Kyle Kuzma and Deni Avdija occupying the two starting forward spots and reserve options in Bilal Coulibaly and Corey Kispert needing playing time, it's unclear how many minutes will be available for Champagnie over the next 10 days.

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  • Wizards' Jordan Poole: Drains five threes Wednesday

    Poole ended Wednesday's 133-126 loss to the Pelicans with 19 points (7-15 FG, 5-10 3Pt), five rebounds, six assists and three steals over 35 minutes.

    It's the fifth-year guard's best performance from beyond the arc since he went 6-for-11 from three-point range against the Magic on Dec. 26. Poole is struggling badly in his first season with the Wizards, and a brief hot streak in mid-January has quickly faded. Over the last 10 games he's averaging a paltry 12.0 points, 4.7 assists, 3.2 boards, 2.0 threes and 1.7 steals while shooting 35.5 percent from the floor.

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  • Wizards' Corey Kispert: Hits for 20 off bench

    Kispert logged 20 points (7-15 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, six assists and one steal across 32 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 133-126 loss to the Pelicans.

    It's the fourth time in the last seven games Kispert has scored at least 20 points from the second unit, although he'd managed only 10 points total in the prior two contests coming into Wednesday. The third-year forward is still averaging 16.9 points, 4.1 boards, 2.9 threes and 2.7 assists over that stretch in 27.6 minutes a game, and he could be emerging as the Wizards' most consistent bench player.

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  • Wizards' Marvin Bagley: Double-double in Wednesday's loss

    Bagley provided 14 points (6-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 30 minutes during Wednesday's 133-126 loss to the Pelicans.

    The 24-year-old center delivered his second straight double-double, and fourth straight in games during which he played at least 28 minutes, as he settles into a starting role for the Wizards with Daniel Gafford now in Dallas. Bagley was the second overall pick in the 2018 Draft, but his career never took off in Sacramento or Detroit due to injuries and an inconsistent role. A fresh start in Washington, and a complete lack of serious competition for court time in the frontcourt, might provide Bagley with the spark he needs to become a real asset.

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  • Wizards' Tyus Jones: Drops 15 dimes in loss

    Jones notched 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-6 3Pt), two rebounds, 15 assists and one steal over 40 minutes during Wednesday's 133-126 loss to the Pelicans.

    The double-double was his sixth of the season, with four of them coming in the last 13 games. After not getting moved at the trade deadline, Jones has rewarded the Wizards by extending his streak of games with at least 14 points to six, averaging 16.5 points, 10.8 assists, 2.7 threes, 2.3 boards and 1.0 steals over that stretch while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and an unsustainable 64.0 percent (16-for-25) from long distance.

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  • Wizards' Deni Avdija: Career night in New Orleans

    Avdija closed Wednesday's 133-126 loss to the Pelicans with 43 points (13-24 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 11-13 FT), 15 rebounds, three assists and one block across 40 minutes.

    The fourth-year forward just tied his prior career high of 25 points Monday against the Mavericks, but Avdija smashed through that mark in the third quarter Wednesday. The 15 boards also tied his season high, and he has three double-doubles in the last four games while topping 20 points in each. The ninth overall pick in the 2020 Draft seems to be breaking out at last -- over the last 12 contests, Avdija is averaging 19.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 threes while shooting 58.5 percent from the floor and a blistering 56.1 percent from beyond the arc.

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  • Wizards' Bilal Coulibaly: Nabs another start

    Coulibaly will start Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Coulibaly steps into the place of Kyle Kuzma, who's sidelined due to illness. In four starts this season, Coulibaly is averaging 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 combined steals/blocks.

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  • Wizards' Kyle Kuzma: Downgraded to out

    Kuzma (illness) won't play in Wednesday's game versus the Pelicans.

    Kuzma has been downgraded from questionable to out Wednesday due to a non-COVID illness. Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert and Bilal Coulibaly are all candidates to receive increased playing time. Kuzma's next chance to suit up will come after the All-Star break on Feb. 22 against Denver.

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  • Wizards' Kyle Kuzma: Questionable to play

    Kuzma is questionable to play against the Pelicans on Wednesday due to illness, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.

    Kuzma was a late addition to the injury report, and he wasn't in attendance at the morning shootaround. If the forward is unable to suit up Wednesday, the Wizards will need guys like Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert and Bilal Coulibaly to step up.

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  • Wizards' Isaiah Livers: Another absence coming

    Livers (hip) won't play in Wednesday's game versus the Pelicans.

    Livers' absence streak will extend to 17 games Wednesday due to right hip inflammation. His next chance to suit up will come after the All-Star break on Feb. 22 against Denver.

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  • Wizards' Jordan Poole: Woeful in loss Monday

    Poole produced three points (1-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists, one block and three steals in 27 minutes during Monday's 112-104 loss to the Mavericks.

    Poole has had several subpar performances throughout the season, but this might have been one of his worst ones yet, as he missed 11 of his 12 shots from the field and struggled to contribute in other categories. Poole has failed to reach the five-point plateau in three of his last six games, and that level of inconsistency certainly hurts his fantasy value, especially since Poole was expected to operate as Washington's go-to player on offense before the start of the season.

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  • Wizards' Kyle Kuzma: Comes close to double-double

    Kuzma contributed 23 points (9-19 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds and one steal over 32 minutes during Monday's 112-104 loss to the Mavericks.

    Kuzma once again surpassed the 20-point mark, something that has been a trend for him throughout the entire campaign, and he also ended just two rebounds shy of a double-double. Kuzma has gone six consecutive games without a double-double, but that hasn't reduced his fantasy appeal drastically, as he's still averaging 21.5 points with 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in that six-game stretch.

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  • Wizards' Tyus Jones: Hands out 16 assists

    Jones notched 14 points (6-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, 16 assists and two steals over 33 minutes during Monday's 112-104 loss to the Mavericks.

    Jones dished out a season-high mark in assists, and while this was his sixth game with double-digit assists on the season, four of those outings have come since mid-January. Jones is riding his most productive stretch of the campaign and is averaging 15.2 points with 9.3 assists per outing since the beginning of February.

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Team Statistical Rankings

PTS/G OPP PTS/G
Team 114.8
(16th)
123.9
(29th)

Injuries

Player Injury
K. Kuzma PF Kyle Kuzma PF Illness
I. Livers SF Isaiah Livers SF Hip

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