The biggest problem with the Wizards recent moves at point guard is that it does not involve the name John Wall. Until it does, the Wizards are spinning their wheels, stuck in the mud with the worst offense in the NBA.
Washington did make some changes at point guard — Shaun Livingston is out (he’s in Cleveland) and Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple are in, reports Ben Standig at CSNWashington.com. Mack had been with the Wizards in training camp.
For the 3-22 Wizards this is essentially re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. But as Standig notes, when you’re 3-22 you have to try something. And these guys may be an upgrade over what they had.
However, adding actual point guards or at least willing passers needed to be done. Since A.J. Price suffered a fractured hand four minutes into the Wizards Dec. 8 home loss against Golden State, the offense been increasingly erratic. Starting with the Golden State loss, Washington has dropped eight of nine including the last seven.
And they are losing because their offense is so bad. So why not try something new? But don’t expect a big change.
As for Wall, he is “ramping up” activity, doing things like running and cutting. But he is not practicing with teammates and there remains no timetable, Standig reports.
Report: Khris Middleton could return to Bucks before All-Star break
Sources told ESPN.com the Bucks think Middleton, who suffered a hamstring tear just days before the season began, “has a chance” to return to the lineup during a three-game homestand next month before the All-Star break.
Whether Middleton ultimately makes his season debut before or after the All-Star Game, he is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury, sources said.
The Bucks have started Tony Snell, who has held his own as an outside shooter. But Middleton will upgrade Milwaukee on Snell’s biggest strength and provide massive defensive improvement. After a strong start, the Bucks have really struggled lately on that end.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has led Milwaukee to a 20-21 record, though the team is better than its won-loss mark indicates. The Bucks will be even better with Middleton, who will rival Jabari Parker as their second-best player and fit seamlessly.
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