Wizards Notes: Defense, Morris, ownership

Markieff Morris and the Wizards aim to do a better job of limiting second-chance points this season.

The Washington Wizards are making defense a priority. Not that they didn’t last season — it just wasn’t exactly their strong suit in reaching the second-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

“We can score the ball with anybody in the league,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said, via The Washington Post. “We became a good team last year by being able to do both. If we can stay the same offensively, I’ll be extremely happy. But if we stay the same defensively, I don’t think that’s going to be good for us.”

One of the keys to defense, of course, is rebounding. And as The Post pointed out, the Wizards allowed a whopping 13.8 second-chance points last season.

With the likes of guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, and forwards Markieff Morris and Otto Porter, putting up points in never an issue. In fact, some feel this year’s team has the familiarity and talent to become the second-best team in the East (behind Cleveland).

But the Wizards seem to realize that merely matching last season’s scoring average of 109.2 points per game won’t be enough.

“If we can contest shots and rebound, then we’ll be happy with our defense,” Brooks told The Post.

Here’s more out of Washington:

  • Morris has returned to the Wizards following an acquittal (along with twin brother Marcus Morris of the Boston Celtics) in aggravated assault trial in Phoenix. “It’s just like a brother going away for the summer and just coming back to his family,” Markieff Morris said. “I’m in a great position. I just had a beautiful young daughter. I just had a successful surgery and of course, I beat the case. So I’m just happy to be back with my family.”
  • Billionaire executive Laurene Powell Jobs has agreed to buy a 20 percent stake in Wizards owner Ted Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Here are the details from The Associated Press.