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Topic - Maurice Evans
Perhaps it was the return of Nene. Or the chance to play the role of spoiler for a team with an outside chance to make the playoffs. Whatever the motivation, the Wizards got off to a strong start and maintained their energy throughout, defeating the ninth-place Milwaukee Bucks 121-112 on Wednesday night at Verizon Center.
Kevin Seraphin had 21 points and 13 rebounds, John Wall scored 16 points, and the Washington Wizards beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 87-84 on Monday night.
After playing in a first-half funk, the Memphis Grizzlies finally relied on better team basketball in the second half.
Andray Blatche was anxious. After missing more than a month with a strained calf, the Washington Wizards' power forward finally was making his return to the court. He was ready, as he put it, "to start ballin' again."
Maurice Evans has had a great view of the Wizards games so far, but he would prefer the view from on the court than the one at the end of the bench. Evans had played in just three games for the Wizards this season, totaling barely 15 minutes, then played 15 minutes and 22 seconds in Monday's overtime win against the Toronto Raptors.
It was the kind of transcendent performance everyone has been waiting to see all season from John Wall, including Wall himself — a career-high 38 points, eight assists, and just two turnovers.
After missing the first 10 games with soreness and swelling in his right knee, Wizards guard Maurice Evans returned to the lineup Friday against the 76ers in Philadelphia. It was in the City of Brotherly Love that Evans helped organize a team dinner, hoping to foster team chemistry.
The Wizards put in a little off-court bonding time Thursday in Philadelphia, before the first game of a back-to-back with the Philadelphia 76ers. The players had a team dinner together at a Japanese restaurant and spent some time getting to know each other a little better.
Wizards forward Maurice Evans, who has yet to play this season, called a players-only meeting Thursday before the team held practice.
The mandate for rebuilding the Wizards, as outlined by owner Ted Leonsis and president Ernie Grunfeld, is to play the young players and let them develop.
Previewing the Wizards' roster for the 2011-12 campaign.
The Wizards will face the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night in Philadelphia in their second and final preseason game, and Washington is looking to erase the memory of the 25-point loss to the 76ers on Friday night.
Players union vice president Roger Mason Jr., who recently rejoined the Wizards, feels the NBA is handling the attempts to trade New Orleans guard Chris Paul quite poorly.
The surest sign that the 149-day NBA lockout is over is seeing the doors to Verizon Center open and the players hit the practice court, complete with its new red, white and blue logos. But all is not back to normal just yet.
It was Day 149 of the NBA lockout, and the latest negotiation session was heading into its 15th hour. Wizards free agent Maurice Evans, vice president of the players trade association, was feeling a wide range of emotions.
"We're playing very well as a team, and guys are still motivated," Evans said. "We're not playing for the playoffs, but it just shows the character of the team."
He said that playing more to his teammate's strength could improve Blatche's game and silence the boos.