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Wizards waiting for Martell Webster to find footing

Dec 16, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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The Wizards scored 99.9 points per 100 possessions with Martell Webster on the court last season, not a great mark, but certainly better than the 95.2 points per 100 possessions they produced without him. With Webster joining John Wall on the court, Washington’s offensive rating jumped to 105.2.

That earned Webster a fat contract from the Wizards, who were totally set on building around Wall.

Webster is an excellent long-range shooter, the type of floor spacer who excels with a point guard like Wall. Again this season, the Wizards’ offense is better with him on the court.

But that hasn’t been true the last two games, since Webster returned from an ankle injury. Webster went 0-for-6 on 3-pointers, and Washington lost both contests.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

There’s no reason to believe his ankle, which he began taping for the first time in his career to prevent a recurrence, is the reason. Webster has played 39 and 33 minutes and could be seen battling for rebounds in traffic.

“I think his ankle is fine. Sometimes you lose a rhythm. He missed a game,” coach Randy Wittman said. “You get in a routine, it’s sometimes hard to get back in it. He’ll be alright. He’s fine physically.”

The Wizards, who’ve lost four straight overall, are facing a lot of problems. One of their other key floor spacers, Bradley Beal, has been out longer and will need time to hit his stride.

Webster is just a role player, but how quickly he finds his rhythm could have a lot to say about how quickly Washington gets back on track.

  1. shanelsweet - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Tonight vs the Knicks will get him and them back on track.

    • shanelsweet - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Nice game. Sorry to the Knicks fans. I know it had to be tough to see another one slip away. It was time though. I heard Wall acknowledge it’d been tough never having won in the Garden before tonight, and generally losing by 20 at halftime on the way to a blowout. I’m telling you now, watch out if the Wiz are healthy in the playoffs. They won tonight without Nene, and they play much, much better with him.

    • redbaronx - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      @shanelsweet – The Knicks make everyone else better. And….there! A Wizards win last night! Can we play the Knicks for 82 games?

  2. minnesotablizzard - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    He is probably just regressing back to his career averages. I will never forget when he dunked the ball when the Timberwolves desperately needed a 3 at the end of regulation.

  3. genericcommenter - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I think the Blazers are still waiting on that, too.

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