2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
43-39, 2nd in Southeast
3h

Assessing the playoffs through two games

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Kevin Arnovitz discuss the Rockets-Wolves series (3:00), the Cavs (12:00), what’s going on with the Wizards (26:55), the Blazers (36:30), the Jazz (43:20) and Sixers-Heat (53:50).

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall and Scott Brooks say a major emphasis for Game 3 is getting off to a stronger start. Toronto jumped out to leads of 10 and 22 in each of the first quarters of Games 1 and 2. Expect the Wizards to try to feed off of the DC crowd early and try to jumpstart Bradley Beal.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall on what he's learned being down 0-2 coming home last postseason against Boston that he can apply against Toronto: "I'm always cool. Just be cool. [Stay] cool."

Pierce: Wizards need change if they miss East Finals (1:25)
Jalen: 'The Wizards are done' (0:43)
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2dOhm Youngmisuk

Wiz's Wall, Brooks confident in slumping Beal

Despite two rough games, including a minus-34 effort in Game 2, Bradley Beall still has the confidence of John Wall and the rest of the Wizards.

Oubre says it's all love between him and Drake (0:54)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Kelly Oubre Jr. heard rapper Drake call him a "bum" as he ran past his courtside seat during Game 2, a moment that went viral. "That's my guy though," the Wizards forward said with a smile. "I see him in the summer time all the time... we pretty much run the streets of LA together, on the A-list tip, not in the hood way. He is a great rapper... I have no beef with him... We were talking trash the whole game, he was talking to John [Wall] just like he does every game. The camera got him saying I'm a 'bum' but they didn't see me shoot a 3 after that. It is all fun and games... it is all love."

2d

DeRozan scores 37, Raptors win Game 2, beat Wizards 130-111

DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in...

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall needs more help from Bradley Beal, who has missed all four of his fourth-quarter shots and has no points in the quarter. Beal has zero rhythm right now and Washington will desperately need it's All Star guard to come to life in DC for Games 3 and 4.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall is doing everything he can to carry the Wizards in the fourth. He had a spectacular block on Lucas Nogueira's dunk attempt, collected the rebound and hit Ty Lawson for a 3. He has drawn fouls and made four free throws and helped cut the lead to five. But DeMar DeRozan has been on the attack and keeps denying the Wizards with either a timely mid-range shot or free throws to push the lead back up to 14.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington shows signs of life and more importantly, fight. John Wall began to show signs of his old burst, scoring 14 points in the third quarter. Ty Lawson provided a spark off the bench with a couple of 3's and the Wizards' defense played significantly better than the first half to trim the deficit to 10 entering the fourth despite Bradley Beal being saddled with four fouls.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Bradley Beal thought Ty Lawson could make an impact and he has in his Wizards' debut. Lawson has nine points and eight assists so far. The assists total already tied the most by a player off the bench in the playoffs in the last two postseasons.

Oubre drives for big dunk (0:15)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall's and Bradley Beal's struggles in the fourth quarter have lingered into the first half of Game 2. They combined to score 13 points and shoot 4-for-11. The Wizards have no chance in this series if their All-Star backcourt continues to be limited like this. Wall doesn't look close to his old self, perhaps understandably since this is his sixth game back from knee surgery. After averaging a career-high 36.3 minutes this season, Beal hasn't had the kind of impact needed entering the third quarter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Wizards are fortunate to trail by 18 at the half. The bench has kept Washington's slim hopes alive. Led by Mike Scott's 14 points, the Wizards' subs made a combined 13-for-19 shots and scored 33 points. The starters scored 25 points in the half. Marcin Gortat player just four minutes after missing his first two shots while Toronto started off well rebounding and getting penetration into the paint.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

After spending the last two days talking about how they had to stop Toronto's shooters and play better defense and hustle to 50-50 balls, the Wizards looked like a team halfway toward summer vacation rather than one trying to even this series. Washington looked disinterested at times in playing defense as Toronto scored 76 points and made 11-of-22 3-pointers in the half. This was after the Raptors made 16 3's in Game 1.

Mahinmi issued flagrant foul for hit on Ibaka (0:42)

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

There was a long play review for a Ian Mahinmi flagrant foul and then a longer delay on the court as staff furiously wiped down a spilled drink at the corner of the court. The Wizards, of course, can use anything they can get to slow red-hot Toronto and regather themselves somehow. This start has been embarrassing for Washington.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

So Washington came into Game 2 knowing it had to improve on defending and finding Toronto shooters and the Wizards' defense has managed to start Game 2 playing worse. The Raptors buried 7-of-13 3-pointers and shot 59.3% from the field to lead by as much as 22 in the first quarter. With John Wall and Bradley Beal both picking up two fouls, Washington's offense struggled but the Wizards were really crushed on the glass, 17-8, in the quarter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lawson is making his Wizards' debut after the team signed him last week. Lawson, thrust into early action when John Wall picked up his second foul, joined the team directly from China where he was playing overseas. Lawson is playing in his first game since April of 2017. Bradley Beal believes Lawson can make an impact in this series.

Kevin Arnovitz ESPN Staff Writer 

Toronto is 10 for 16 from the floor for an gaudy offensive efficiency rating of 156.5 per 100 possessions. They lead 28-13 with 4:20 remaining in the first. Once again, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are empowering teammates out of pressure with zippy passes for open looks.

Team Stats

Points Per Game106.613th
Rebounds Per Game43.121st
Assists Per Game25.24th
Points Allowed106.015th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-184339.524
2016-174933.598
2015-164141.500
2014-154636.561
2013-144438.537