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    The Chicago Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday with a 115-111 win over the Washington Wizards. The Bulls improved to 10-14 and maintained in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Here are six takeaways from the win. 1. The Bulls’ Big Three delivered down the stretch with a trio of 25-point performances. The Bulls have been missing complete games between their three veteran starters — Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vučević. But the trio fully delivered against the Wizards, stepping up to take over the fourth quarter and close out the win. LaVine finished with 25 points and five assists, DeRozan scored a team-high 27 points with four assists, and Vučević added 25 points and 11 rebounds. Most important, the three showed their ability to command the final minutes of a game. Only one other Bulls player — Derrick Jones Jr. — scored in the fourth quarter, and only the trio scored in the final 7 minutes, 50 seconds. LaVine and DeRozan combined for 28 of the Bulls’ fourth-quarter points while Vučević added five points. “Our teammates trust...
    The Chicago Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday with a 115-111 win over the Washington Wizards. The win improved the Bulls record to 10-14 as they maintain their position at 12th overall in the Eastern Conference. Here are six takeaways from the win. 1. The Bulls’ Big Three delivered down the stretch with a trio of 25-point performances. The Bulls have been missing complete games between their three veteran starters — Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vučević. But the trio fully delivered against the Wizards, stepping up to take over the fourth quarter and close out the win. LaVine finished with 25 points and five assists, DeRozan tallied a team-high 27 points with four assists, and Vučević added 25 points and 11 rebounds. Most importantly, the trio showed their ability to command the final minutes of a game. Only one other player — Derrick Jones Jr. — scored in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, and only the trio scored in the final 7:50 of game time. LaVine and DeRozan combined for 28 of the Bulls’ fourth-quarter points...
    Kristaps Porzingis is looking like an All-Star again, anchoring the resurgent Washington Wizards on both sides of the ball. Ever since a torn ACL caused him to miss the entirety of the 2018-19 season (unlocking a series of unfortunate events that followed), Kristaps Porziņģis has desperately been trying to recapture the magic that earned him a 2017-18 All-Star nomination. Well, if his standing in widely-cited one-number metrics is any indication, his attempts at reigniting the flame have finally succeeded — he ranks in the top 35 in the league in everything from to DRIP to RAPTOR. We know what you’re thinking. Those kinds of catch-all stats operate like Ash Ketchum — they don’t really catch ’em all. This assessment is valid, but these measures are a strong indicator of how well a player is playing in their specific role, and as of right now, Porzingis is playing like an All-Star in his role in Washington. So…what exactly is that role?Attention is dulled out in a strange wayThe NBA is funny because everyone is raving about Lauri Markkanen’s hot offensive start to...
    Life for the Nets without Kyrie Irving - for at least five games - has begun as Brooklyn takes on the Wizards away from home. The Nets enter the game just 2-6 on the season and losers of five of the last six games, though their poor play is not what has dominated the headlines of late. Irving was suspended by the team Thursday night 'until he satisfies a series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct,' as he refused to answer whether he held any anti-Semitic beliefs following the sharing of an anti-Semitic film on his Twitter account. Irving posted a link to the Amazon page for the 2018 film 'Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America' last week and quickly found himself in hot water due to the film's anti-Semitic tropes.   Among other damaging ideas, it claims 'many famous high-ranking Jews have admitted to worshipping Satan or Lucifer.' The film was based on a 2015 book by the same name. Irving initially resisted the idea that he could be sharing anti-Semitic ideas, saying...
    The Chicago Bulls suffered their first loss of the young season Friday night, falling to the Washington Wizards 102-100 at Capital One Arena. DeMar DeRozan missed the potential game-winner from the top of the arc in the final seconds, ending the Bulls’ comeback attempt from a 17-point deficit. The Bulls (1-1) played without Zach LaVine for the second straight game as the All-Star guard manages a lingering left knee injury. Here are seven takeaways from the game. 1. DeMar DeRozan and Bradley Beal traded big-time shots. When DeRozan reentered the game with seven minutes remaining Friday, it felt reminiscent of a fond memory for the Bulls — New Year’s Day, when he dropped a 3-pointer for the second night in a row to win a tightly contested matchup on the same court. DeRozan delivered his standard magic, scoring 12 points in seven minutes, stealing the ball for a fast-break dunk and hitting tying free throws and jumpers. But the Wizards had an answer in Beal, who scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to fend off the...
    The Chicago Bulls suffered their first loss of the young season Friday night, falling to the Washington Wizards 102-100 at Capital One Arena. DeMar DeRozan missed the potential game-winner from the top of the arc in the final seconds, ending the Bulls’ comeback attempt from a 17-point deficit. The Bulls (1-1) played without Zach LaVine for the second straight game as the All-Star guard manages a lingering left knee injury. Here are seven takeaways from the game. 1. DeMar DeRozan and Bradley Beal traded big-time shots When DeRozan reentered the game with seven minutes left Friday, it felt reminiscent of a fond memory for the Bulls — New Year’s Day, when he dropped a 3-pointer for the second night in a row to win a tightly contested matchup on the same court. DeRozan delivered his standard magic, scoring 12 points in seven minutes, stealing the ball for a fast-break dunk and hitting tying free throws and jumpers. But the Wizards had an answer in Beal, who scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to fend off the...
    NBA veteran and Baltimore-born Will Barton’s introduction to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday afternoon consisted of children screaming in excitement, countless autographs and the classic game of knockout. Two weeks after Barton was traded to Washington from the Denver Nuggets, where he spent eight seasons as a reliable scorer, he stepped onto the court inside the Trinity University gymnasium during the Jr. Wizards Summer Camp, greeted by kids clapping and banging against the wooden floor. He answered questions ranging from life in the NBA to who’s the greatest player of all time. He would then get eliminated in knockout, allowing the campers to have their moment in glory before Barton signed the kids’ basketball shoes and they took photos of him wearing a Wizards No. 5 uniform. Moments later, Barton was surrounded by reporters asking about playing close to Baltimore, the city that molded him into the player and person he is at 31. Knowing his family can drive to watch him play on a daily basis, Barton said his return to the area means everything. “It drives me to...
    Maryland native and former NBA player, coach and executive Gene Shue has died at the age of 90, the NBA reports.  As a player, Shue racked up five consecutive NBA All-Star appearances from 1958 to 1962 and played one season with the Baltimore Bullets before going into coaching. Shue’s coaching career spanned 13 total seasons in Baltimore and Washington, where he led the Bullets, now the Washington Wizards, to three 50-win seasons. During that time Shue also amassed a record 522 wins and was named NBA Coach of the Year twice. “Gene dedicated his life to the game and left an indelible mark as a player, head coach and executive,” The NBA said on Twitter. “We extend our deepest condolences to the Shue family.” Shue was born in Baltimore and attended Towson Catholic High School. He went on to play basketball at the University of Maryland where broke all scoring records and made the All-ACC team, according to the Baltimore Sun.  Upon graduating, Shue was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors but was quickly traded to the New...
    When Patrick Williams dislocated his wrist in October, the last two people he wanted to call were his parents. He knew they’d do too much — insist on buying tickets for the next flight out Chicago, flood him relentlessly with care and concern. That’s the burden of being the youngest kid of the family, especially for a 20-year-old halfway across the country, away from his family, suddenly facing the first serious injury of his career. But Williams didn’t want anybody to worry. Especially himself. That’s why, at the same time, he didn’t want to be alone — worry was harder to chase away when he didn’t have people around him, when he couldn’t crack jokes with teammates or pry advice out of veterans and coaches. Before last fall, Williams can’t remember ever going longer than three days without a basketball in his hands. Even then, it was just to nurse a jammed finger or sore wrist. Never by choice. For weeks, Williams said he was vibrating with the excitement of getting back on the court. Now that he’s back, the...
    Indiana Pacers (22-43, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (28-34, 11th in the Eastern Conference) Washington; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Washington hosts Indiana in a matchup of Eastern Conference teams. The Wizards are 21-21 against Eastern Conference opponents. Washington has a 7-17 record in games decided by at least 10 points. The Pacers have gone 11-31 against Eastern Conference opponents. Indiana is fifth in the Eastern Conference with 44.9 rebounds per game led by Oshae Brissett averaging 5.0. The teams meet for the fourth time this season. The Pacers won 113-108 in the last matchup on Feb. 17. TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Kuzma is averaging 17.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Wizards. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 16.3 points over the last 10 games for Washington. Chris Duarte is shooting 43.4% and averaging 13.3 points for the Pacers. Buddy Hield is averaging 20.1 points over the last 10 games for Indiana. LAST 10 GAMES: Wizards: 4-6, averaging 112.0 points, 39.7 rebounds, 27.3 assists, 7.9 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 49.1% from the...
    Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Thomas Bryant added 16, and the Washington Wizards won their 14th straight home meeting with Detroit, holding off the Pistons 116-113 on Tuesday night. WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 01: Kyle Kuzma #33 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket against Killian Hayes #7 of the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Capital One Arena on March 1, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) READ MORE: Major Automakers Respond To Russian Invasion, Offer Support To UkraineIt’s the longest home winning streak against any team in franchise history. The Wizards pulled within a game of idle Charlotte for 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Jerami Grant scored 26 points for Detroit, which had a chance to tie on its final possession. Saddiq Bey missed from the perimeter, and after an offensive rebound, Killian Hayes missed a 3-pointer. The Pistons rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 104 on Bey’s two free throws with 3:37 left. Washington answered with six straight points. Kuzma gave...
    The Washington Wizards will have to play the rest of the season without Bradley Beal, who is set to undergo wrist surgery. The Wizards are in the middle of a major skid and things look like they’ll only get worse with the news that Bradley Beal will miss the rest of the season. The three-time All-Star hurt his wrist against Memphis at the end of January. On Tuesday, he and the team announced that he will have to undergo surgery to repair the torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist. “Despite the last 10 days of getting intensive treatment and rehab on my wrist, it became clear that I would not be able to compete to my standards or to the level that our team and our fans deserve,” Beal said in a statement. “I’m disappointed to have my season end this way, but we all agreed that this was the best decision. I look forward to coming back at 100% and continuing to lead this team as we work together to build toward the future.” Here’s how the...
    The Brooklyn Nets’ best defensive play against the Washington Wizards didn’t come from one of their superstar players, it came from an assistant coach. With less than six minutes to go during the fourth quarter of the Nets’ 119-118 victory over the Wizards Wednesday night, Washington’s Spencer Dinwiddie attempted to get the ball to his teammate Kyle Kuzma. With Kuzma standing in front of the visiting bench, Nets assistant coach David Vanterpool quickly reached out to deflect the ball. Instead of an open three-point attempt for Washington, the Nets grabbed the loose ball and pushed it up the court. It’s not uncommon for assistant coaches to draw up a defensive scheme in late game situations, but coming off the bench to make the play themselves is unheard of — and not exactly legal. Unfortunately for the Wizards, referees missed the egregious deflection. Kuzma ran down the court and forced a foul so he could take a minute to berate the refs, but it was too late. Just as courtside fans are expected to avoid interference, players and coaches on the...
    After making an unfortunate 'trigger' reference during Wednesday night's Wizards-Rockets game, a Washington announcer has apologized after 'mistakenly' confusing the father of Houston guard Kevin Porter Jr., who was shot to death in 2004, with a former Bullets player of the same name. On Thursday, Wizards broadcaster Glenn Consor issued a statement on Twitter apologizing for the remark, which came after Porter Jr.'s game-winning shot against the Wizards and has since drawn criticism from none other than LeBron James. 'You've got to give credit,' Consor said after Porter Jr. sealed a 114-11 win with a buzzer-beating game-winning three-pointer. 'Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time.' Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. (3) shoots a game-winning three-pointer over Raul Neto After making an unfortunate 'trigger' reference during Wednesday night's Wizards-Rockets game, a Washington announcer has apologized after 'mistakenly' confusing the father of Houston guard Kevin Porter Jr., who was shot to death in 2004, with a former Bullets player of the same name. On Thursday, Wizards broadcaster Glenn Consor issued a statement on Twitter apologizing...
    As Kevin Porter Jr. drained a buzzer-beater Wednesday night, leading the Houston Rockets to victory, a Washington Wizards announcer made an absolutely terrible comment that we can only hope was a mistake. “You’ve got to give credit. Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time,” Wizards analyst Glenn Consor said on the NBC Sports Washington game broadcast. Kevin Porter Sr. spent four years in prison after he was charged with first-degree murder for shooting a 14-year-old girl. Porter Sr. was 19 at the time and claimed the gun was accidentally discharged. After Porter Sr. was released from prison, he was later shot five times and killed during a bar fight in 2004. Consor’s reference was either an example of horrific judgement and awareness or a case of mistaken identity. The broadcaster may have assumed Kevin Porter Jr. was the son of former NBA point guard Kevin Porter, who played professionally from 1972-1983 including a stint in Washington. Kevin Porter Sr. did not play in the NBA. Consor’s “trigger” reference understandably drew a furious rash...
    DeMar DeRozan hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the second straight game to give the Chicago Bulls a 120-119 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds to play gave Washington a 119-117 lead, until DeRozan beat the Wizards in the same way he beat Indiana on Friday night. DeRozan finished with 28 points and Zach LaVine had 35 points to help the Bulls to their seventh straight win, which is their longest streak since Dec. 18-29, 2014. According to BasketballReference.com, DeRozan became the first player in NBA history to hit buzzer-beaters on consecutive days. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Tremont Waters (51) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) "It’s amazing, especially doing it on the road," DeRozan said. "I don’t know if I’m dreaming or if it’s real right now. "You work your butt off and you understand that if you’re in...
    Washington Wizards‘ Kyle Kuzma flipped off a fan during Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons and it has cost him some money. The Wizards forward was fined $15,000 by the NBA, The Athletic‘s Shams Charania reports. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma (33) reacts after hitting a 3-point basket in the closing seconds during overtime to defeat the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) In an official NBA statement, Kuzma was fined for making an "obscene gesture toward a fan." The incident occurred in the fourth quarter after Kuzma drained a three from the corner to put Washington ahead 97-88. MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 18: Kyle Kuzma #33 of the Washington Wizards reacts towards an official during the second half against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena on November 18, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Eric Espada/Getty Images) It isn’t known if the fan said that might have caused him to make the gesture, Bleacher Report writes. The Pistons immediately called a...
    Washington Wizards (13-7, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (5-13, 13th in the Western Conference) San Antonio; Monday, 8:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards take on Dejounte Murray and the San Antonio Spurs in a non-conference matchup. The Spurs have gone 3-6 in home games. San Antonio ranks second in the Western Conference with 53.0 points per game in the paint led by Jakob Poeltl averaging 10.9. The Wizards are 6-5 on the road. Washington is the Eastern Conference leader with 37.6 defensive rebounds per game led by Kyle Kuzma averaging 8.2. TOP PERFORMERS: Devin Vassell is shooting 39.3% from beyond the arc with 1.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Spurs, while averaging 12.2 points. Murray is shooting 45.0% and averaging 19.5 points over the last 10 games for San Antonio. Beal is scoring 23.2 points per game with 5.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists for the Wizards. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 15.6 points and 7.8 rebounds over the last 10 games for Washington. LAST 10 GAMES: Spurs: 3-7, averaging 104.2 points,...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. I’m not sure calling it ‘improbable’ even does justice to the Washington Wizards’ start. After Monday night’s win 105-100 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, they are 10-3 with the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards dramatically remade their roster this offseason, turning Russell Westbrook into Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrel and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and signing Spencer Dinwiddie to take over at point guard. On paper, those are mostly offensive upgrades (besides KCP), trading the ‘star’ power of Westbrook for increased depth and versatility. But even on paper, it didn’t look like the makings of an elite offense and that’s largely been borne out — they are16th in offensive efficiency and free-throw rate is the only one of the Four Factors in which they rank in the top 10 in the league. Which makes the results all the more incredible. If there was any way the Wizards finished the first month of the...
    Dont Stop Believing: David Chase returns to The Sopranos Evel Knievels son loses Disney Duke Caboom trademark case Russell Westbrook was interested in being traded to one Los Angeles team — and one Los Angeles team only. The Wizards sent Westbrook to the Lakers this past offseason as part of a five-team trade, but it turns out there may have been another path out of Washington for the nine-time All-Star. In an interview with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller, Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard declared that, while Westbrook didn't demand a trade, he did shut down any conversations about joining the Clippers. MORE: Did the Lakers really offer Dennis Schroder an extension? "I really have to make sure the record is straight on that," Sheppard said. "Russell actually never asked to move on. He just said, 'If I can get to the Lakers, that'd be something I would love to do. If not, I'll be back here.' I said, 'What about the Clippers?' He said, 'Hell no.' So Russell was happy being here and we were very grateful for him being here." 14. WHYNOT?...
    Bradley Beal revealed that he’s unvaccinated for “personal reasons” during the Washington Wizards’ Media Day on Monday.  Bradley Beal joins a list of NBA players who are unvaccinated heading into the start of the 2021-22 NBA season. During the Washington Wizards‘ 2021 Media Day on Monday, Beal said that he isn’t vaccinated due to “personal reasons.” Washington, D.C. doesn’t have a local mandate requiring individuals to be fully vaccinated prior to entering indoor venues, but Bradley won’t be able to play in away games against the Golden State Warriors, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks. Beal isn’t alone, Andrew Wiggins and Kyrie Irving are two other big names in the league who are unvaccinated.Washington Wizards veteran Bradley Beal is unvaccinatedWith a little over three weeks until the Wizards kickoff the regular season against the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 20, Beal told the media that he isn’t vaccinated. Bradley Beal said hes not vaccinated. "Personal reasons" — Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) September 27, 2021 Bradley will be unable to play, or even attend, away games in New York City and San...
    Getty Philadelphia 76ers center Dwight Howard confers with assistant coach Sam Cassell before a game against the Charlotte Hornets. Ben Simmons’ future with the Philadelphia 76ers may be the hottest topic in the City of Brotherly Love right now, but the All-Star point guard isn’t the only one who could be leaving. A key member of Doc Rivers’ coaching staff also appears to be considering a big move. Sam Cassell, one of Rivers’ right hands dating back to his 2014 move from the Boston Celtics to the Los Angeles Clippers, has borne the look of a prime candidate for a number of top jobs this offseason. Before the Beantowners hired Ime Udoka, Heavy’s Sean Deveney opined that Cassell “should be their man.” Elsewhere, the Washington Wizards — the team with which Cassell got his first official assistant’s gig — appeared to be a no-brainer landing spot for the former NBA All-Star as he seeks his first head-coaching role. Per The Athletic’s Fred Katz, he interviewed with the team last week. However, a new report has indicated that Cassell...
    Washington Wizards players were unhappy with the latest fan incident that occurred Monday night at the Capital One Arena during their Game 4 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The fan got onto the court in the third quarter. The man was tackled and restrained by security as 76ers center Dwight Howard looked on. The fan was escorted out and the team said it would pursue charges. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Wizards center Robin Lopez said it was "wild" to see all the odd behavior. "You can tell those people have been in some sort of captivity for the last year, year and change, right?" Lopez said. "It’s kind of wild to see the liberties people are taking." Russell Westbrook was the target of fan mistreatment earlier in the series in Philadelphia. He had popcorn dumped on his head while heading back to the locker room. It was the first of about four incidents during the playoffs. WIZARDS' SCOTT BROOKS SENDS MESSAGE TO 'SOME' FANS AFTER LATEST INCIDENT: 'WE DON’T NEED YOU' Westbrook’s teammate Bradley Beal was...
    The Philadelphia 76ers easily routed the Washington Wizards in Game 2 on Wednesday by the score of 120-95. The Washington Wizards gave the Philadelphia 76ers a hell of a fight in Game 1 on Sunday, but it was the top-seed in the Eastern Conference who emerged victorious. On Wednesday night, the 76ers assured everyone they were not going to keep the Wizards in this series. Simply put, it was not pretty for any Wizards fans who tuned in for the big game. Overall, the 76ers’ stars shot 70 percent from the field. Washington couldn’t stop them. Which is why this series appears destined for a sweep.1. Philadelphia, the forced turnover machinesWhen it comes to defense, the 76ers easily have the advantage over the Wizards. Washington on the night recorded 3 steals and 2 blocks, which further backs up the previous takeaway. Philadelphia, on the other hand, recorded 10 steals and 14 blocks! Simmons was one of the aggressors on defense in the starting lineup, as he recorded 2 steals and 1 block in 29 minutes of playing time. But he...
    The Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards will be the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed. In a game for all the marbles, the Washington Wizards will host the Indiana Pacers in a win-or-go-home, play-in tournament game in the nation’s capital on Thursday night. Indiana advanced out of the No. 9 vs. No. 10 game by beating the 10th-placed Charlotte Hornets in Indianapolis on Tuesday night effortlessly, 144-117. Though Washington put up a decent fight to some extent later on that night, the Wizards still lost at the Boston Celtics in the No. 7 vs. No. 8 game, 118-100. The winner on Thursday night will become the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed. Here is how you can watch the Wizards take on the Pacers in this winner-take-all, play-in game.Pacers at Wizards: How to watch play-in tournament game onlineDate: Thursday, May 20Time: 8:00 p.m. ETLocation: Washington, D.C.Venue: Capital One ArenaTV Info: TNTLive Stream: TNT Overtime, fuboTV Tipoff from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. will be at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 20. TNT will have the national telecast of this Eastern Conference...
    Nothing about this Washington Wizards’ season makes sense. Which is exactly what you expect from a team led by Russell Westbrook. In 2003 the NBA lengthened first-round playoff series from a best-of-5 to best-of-7, ensuring most of the league’s teams could bank on a few extra sellouts at premium postseason prices. Of course, from an entertainment standpoint — ya know, the people in the stands paying those premium prices — extending the series meant diluting the drama. Upping the burden on underdogs means stacking the deck in favor of the favorites. It’s the rich getting richer while others foot the bill. The NBA abhors missing any opportunity to wring out another buck, so this year there’s a new postseason wrinkle. Nature abhors a vacuum, so after years of sports talk lamenting top players taking control of their agency via the threat of free agency, Beal has emerged as the contrarian’s agita: a player wanting to stay with one team rather than asking out. Should Washington make the playoffs and maybe make some noise once they get there, the hope is...
    As of Monday night, Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook will average a triple-double for the 2020-21 NBA season. The Washington Wizards are in contention for a play-in berth, thanks in part to the play of point guard Russell Westbrook, whom the team acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets for John Wall. After a slow start to the season, the Wizards have been on fire as of late. Following Monday night, Westbrook entered the history books, and he joins some impressive company. Thanks his monster performance in Washington’s 154-141 win over the Indiana Pacers, Westbrook will now average a triple-double for the whole season for the fourth time in his career. The only other player to accomplish this feat even once is Hall-of-Famer Oscar Robertson. Russell Westbrook will average a triple-double in a season for the 4th time in his career. Oscar Robertson is the only other player to do this & he did it once in 1961-62. He could record 0 pts, rebs & 0 asts in every game the rest of the season & still average a...
    More On: nba LeBron James teases return to struggling Lakers Kevin Durant’s business world takeover comes with lofty endgame Knicks star earning spot in special pantheon of New York athletes LeBron James mocks bar owner calling for his expulsion over police tweet What a time to be an NBA fan. The Knicks are a surprising contender in the Eastern Conference, riding a nine-game winning streak, and the only team that can boast a similar streak is … the Washington Wizards. Not exactly the two faces of NBA competence in recent seasons. Sunday night’s 119-110 victory over the Cavaliers marked the Wizards’ eighth straight win — the team’s longest winning streak since 2001, when Michael Jordan came out of retirement for the second time to play for D.C. The Wizards’ late-season turnaround (27-33) is mostly due to their dynamic backcourt duo in Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal. Dung the Wizards’ hot streak, Beal has been averaging 32.1 points per game, and Westbrook is averaging 22.4 points, 13.1 rebounds and 11.8 assists.  Beal, who had 33 points on Sunday, became...
    The Washington Wizards have won seven in a row to push themselves into the playoff race, so are they a real threat from a play-in spot? The race at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture is only a race in the sense that two teams in eventual play-in games will earn the last two traditional seeds. But that has opened the door for the Washington Wizards. The Wizards won their seventh straight game Friday night, 129-109 over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook led the way against his former team, with his fourth straight triple-double (37 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists). Bradley Beal had 33 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Beal (31.1 points per game) is second in the league in scoring entering Saturday’s action, but Westbrook has been on a remarkable run lately. Russell Westbrook’s last 7 games: 23.6 PPG14.3 RPG11.9 APG1.9 SPG47% FG36% 3PT Wizards 7-0 pic.twitter.com/09Clpiuh1m — NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 24, 2021 Russell Westbrook has: – 20 triple-doubles in his last 30 games– 18 triple-doubles in his last 25– 16 triple-doubles...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals have announced the dates this month when they will start to allow fans at home games at 10% of their capacity. About 2,100 spectators can attend the Wizards’ game against the Golden State Warriors on April 21. The Capitals will first welcome back fans for their game against the New York Islanders on April 27. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been more than a year since either team has let spectators into the arena they share in downtown D.C. Last week, the city approved the teams’ request to sell tickets to their games. The Wizards and Capitals were among the few remaining U.S. teams in each league to play without spectators in the building. MLB’s Washington Nationals have been allowed to host up to 5,000 fans at their home games since the season began this month. The city now will let the Nationals increase their capacity to a little more than 10,000 fans — 25% capacity....
    They met on Bumble. She claims he killed her dogs. Now shes speaking out to help others isolated amid COVID-19. Gambian truth panel probes 2005 migrant massacre The Washington Wizards are back! It seemed impossible just two short weeks ago, but the Wiz have found a new lease on life, put a smile on the face of their superstar, and won a bunch of games. Look how far they've come. © Provided by The Big Lead The Washington Wizards | Matthew Stockman/Getty Images On February 12th, the Washington Wizards lost to the New York Knicks to drop to 6-17 on the season. They were in last place in the Eastern Conference. They were tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the fewest wins in the NBA. Bradley Beal was awesome, but miserable. Then something happened. Maybe it was thrill of beating the Boston Celtics, something most NBA teams have experienced lately. Maybe it was Russell Westbrook stepping up and asking everyone to define their roles. Whatever it was, it was transformative. Rui Hachimura says Russell Westbrook was the one who...
    The Washington Wizards beat the Los Angeles Lakers for their fifth win in a row and Bradley Beal’s fortune seems to be improving. The Washington Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 127-124 in overtime last night to secure their fifth win in a row. Their longest winning streak in three seasons, the Wizards had been in need of some sort of positivity this year. Russell Westbrook’s addition to the team hadn’t been going as planned and Washington’s previous struggles pushed Bradley Beal into plenty of trade speculation. Now, with some newfound magic, the Wizards are starting to pick up some steam and find their footing. Their last five wins have been against some pretty tough competition. Wizards have had some impressive wins in their five-game win streak: ???? Celtics???? Rockets???? Nuggets???? Trail Blazers???? Lakers Theyre hitting their stride ???? pic.twitter.com/BoR9Bev61l — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 23, 2021 The Wizards have been winning but is that enough for Bradley BealDespite him signing that large extension, a lot of NBA fans are still wondering if Beal will be with the Wizards when the...
    Beal ‘wrecking’ but not yet destroying the NBA like Durant, Harden, Curry originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington   Bradley Beal has long been regarded by coaches and players as one of the NBA’s best talents. It seemed to take a few more eyeballs on the television for NBA fans to see the same. After being serially underrated for years, he’s leading the league in scoring and has finally been named an All-Star starter for the first time in his career, finishing first among East guards in fan voting. But he says he wants more. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has listened to the 27-year-old speak about his game and his time as the face of the Wizards franchise. Even as he describes ‘wrecking the league’ this year, he told NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller that he wants to ‘destroy the league,’ something he says only a small group of his peers can claim. “What James [Harden] was doing to the league the last two years, he was destroying the league. When [Kevin Durant] was scoring titles, he was destroying the league. Steph...
    The hypothetical Bradley Beal trade saga continues in Washington, as his agent says the star ‘doesn’t want to quit’ on the Wizards. Since Russell Westbrook has joined Bradley Beal in Washington things haven’t really been going all that well. The Wizards are currently 6-16 and only ahead of the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference. Bradley Beal has been having an incredible year all for naught. Beal’s name has been swirling around trade rumors and he’s been vocal about being frustrated with this Wizards team. His contract situation is making things a little interesting. He has one more year left on his contract after this season, and that puts him in prime position for free agency discussions. He leads the NBA in scoring with 32.8 points per game but the Wizards can’t seem to figure anything out. Still, through the frustration and the losses, Beal maintains that he wants to get it right in Washington.Bradley Beal’s agent says he ‘doesn’t want to quit’ on WizardsDespite trade rumors, Beal has made it clear that he’s not seeking a trade. The 27-year-old’s...
    NBA : High-scoring game in Washington. With the good individual performances of Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 137-115 on Wednesday night in the US capital. After claiming a victory two nights ago at Memphis, the Raptors maintained their offensive momentum and went to the locker room at halftime with a 13-point gap over their rivals. Distance the Wizards narrowed to ten points to start the fourth quarter; And while some of Beal’s attempts seemed to bring the capitalists into a game, they were never a threat to the Canadians. After an 11-0 streak with two minutes to go, the Raptors closed the game and signed the victory deep from the bench on the court. Now those of Toronto manage to get momentarily into playoff spots with a 12-13 record. While the Wizards (who came off a major win over the Bulls) continue to sink in the Eastern Conference standings, just one game ahead of the last few, the Detroit Pistons. The Raptors were missing OG Anunoby (calf strain) and Yuta Watanabe (ankle...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Norman Powell scored 28 points, Pascal Siakam added 26 and the Toronto Raptors made 19 3-pointers in a 137-115 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Seven Raptors hit at least one 3-pointer, with Kyle Lowry leading the way with 5-for-9 shooting from deep. He finished with 21 points. Toronto shot 59% from long range (19 for 32). Siakam and Powell each hit three 3-pointers as Toronto won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 4-1 on their current trip. After starting the season with one win in seven games, Toronto is almost back at .500 at 12-13. Chris Boucher had 17 points and Fred VanVleet scored 14, and seven Raptors reached double figures. NBA leading scorer Bradley Beal, who averages 33.3 points was held to 24, as the Wizards lost to the Raptors for the eighth straight time, including four in a row at Washington. Russell Westbrook, who sat out Washington’s win at Chicago on Monday, returned to score 23 points, including 19 in the second half. He added seven assists and...
    Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley Engaged: Why Some Fans Think Jodie Foster May Have Set Them Up The Unexpected Costs of Remote Learning for Families Bradley Beal is off the NBAs trade market: He doesn’t want to quit on something Bradley Beal knew this was coming. That does not mean he has to like it. Once Giannis Antetokounmpo re-signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, and once James Harden was traded from the Houston Rockets, the Washington Wizards guard was well aware his name would be next to enter a seemingly endless cycle of speculation about his trade availability and satisfaction with the organization. Only, Beal does not want next. He wants to carve his own path, not the one dictated by widespread player movement and the media that spotlights it, and that still means constructing a contender in Washington. “He doesn’t want to quit on something,” Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports & Entertainment, told Yahoo Sports. “He’s an incredibly loyal guy, and he wants to always feel like he’s done everything he can to help something or someone...
    Getty Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat in action against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter at American Airlines Arena on December 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida. While the Heat’s Tyler Herro is only in his sophomore year of the NBA, Miami’s head coach Erik Spoelstra named as a starter for the 2020-2021 NBA season. While the 21-year-old missed a stretch of games due to a neck injury, when Herro’s healthy, he’s a permanent member of the starting lineup… until now. Herro started on the bench during the Heat’s revenge match against the Washington Wizards on February 5. The Kentucky alum was replaced in the lineup with veteran Goran Dragic, and the Heat went on to have their biggest win of the season. After losing 103-100 to Washington two days earlier, the Heat crushed the Wizards 122-95. Due to COVID-19 and injuries, the Heat have circled through no less than 15 different starting lineups so far this season. If Herro performs best in relief, is that where he will stay? As the first player coming off...
    Bradley Beal is upset with how his season with the Wizards is being portrayed in the media and clears up trade rumors. Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has been the topic of much discussion in this short-lived NBA season so far. Despite averaging 34.9 points per game this season on .479/.340/.891 shooting splits, the Wizards currently sit at 4-12, dead last in the Eastern Conference. Beal has been visibly frustrated during games and on the sidelines following losses and has been thrown into several trade rumors because of it. Beal is tied up in a five-year, $127 million max contract in Washington, where he’s been the franchise player since John Wall was shipped to Houston. In the midst of all the craziness, he has taken some time to make clear what’s important to him. He told The Athletic that he has no desire to be traded away from the Wizards, and is simply frustrated with the fact that they can’t seem to figure it out. He’s also annoyed by how he’s being portrayed in the media when other players have...
    HeadStrong: How Wizards dealt with adversity of the coronavirus originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington   As the NBA began its 2020-21 season without a bubble amid the coronavirus pandemic, many saw positive cases, outbreaks and postponements as inevitable. It would all depend on how teams were able to work through that adversity. In early January, the Washington Wizards became one of the first teams to face the major challenge after an outbreak led to numerous players entering protocol and missing time, and six games being postponed. Unlike prepping for an opponent or trying to build a roster around an injury, this was something that Washington could not gameplan against. “This virus is real and it’s creative and it figures out a way to penetrate and hit us, and it’s hit us pretty bad,” head coach Scott Brooks said. Download and subscribe to the Wizards Talk Podcast For players, dealing with an outbreak is a challenge that not only impacts them physically but mentally. There is a strain of trying to balance the desire to play basketball with being...
    Justin Hartley and Sofia Pernas’ Relationship Timeline This big Wall Street player made out like a bandit on AMC stock Bradley Beal Better Settle in For the Long Haul if He Wants to Make it Work With the Wizards The tale of Bradley Beal's time in Washington over the last two years has been one of infinite sadness. Beal has grown from a decent shooter and solid sidekick of John Wall's to a legitimate superstar, talented enough on the offensive end of the floor to be a No. 1 option for just about any team in the NBA. He's a legit top-15 player with an argument for top-10 on the right nights. © Provided by The Big Lead Bradley Beal | Patrick Smith/Getty Images But the Washington Wizards still stink out loud. Which isn't Beal's fault at all, nor can the organization really be blamed considering the team's tumble began when Wall tore his Achilles shortly after signing a max contract and missed nearly two full seasons of basketball. Having that much money sunk into a player who...
    LSU official named in USA TODAY reports resigns from presidential search committee LSU says probe into handling of sexual misconduct complaints to be done by February Bradley Beal And the Infinite Sadness © Provided by The Big Lead Bradley Beal Bradley Beal scored 47 points in a Washington Wizards loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. With the loss the Wizards dropped to 3-11 on the season, the worst record in the NBA. After the game Beal was asked if he was frustrated. His answer? "Is the sky blue?" What we have here is some true sadness. Reporter: "Are you frustrated?" Bradley Beal: "Is the sky blue?" pic.twitter.com/YgXHs9ICXy— Hoop District (@Hoop_District) January 28, 2021This is not normal in the NBA. Players of Beal's caliber have usually forced their way out of town by now. Beal could have walked, but he decided to try and make things work in Washington when he signed a two-year extension ahead of last season that will keep him in Washington through 2023. This was a mistake that becomes clearer every day. So...
    NBA : 2021-01-23T20: 55: 49 + 00: 00 2021-01-23T20: 55: 49 + 00: 00 2021-01-23T20: 55: 49 + 00: 00. Life Cost 23 / Father / 21 20:55 Eurohoops.net Life Cost The Washington Wizards squad strengthened their long rotation with 2 players. By Eurohoops Team / info@eurohoops.net In the NBA, the Washington Wizards made 2 important moves to the long rotation. The Wizards announced that they signed contracts with Alex Len and Jordan Bell. Wizards signed a one-year contract with 27-year-old Ukrainian tall Alex Len. The Washington Wizards also made a 10-day deal with Jordan Bell. Starting the season with the Toronto Raptors, Alex Len played with the Canadian team in seven games this season, with an average of 2.3 points – 1.4 rebounds – 0.9 blocks in these matches. Click to not miss the latest developments in basketball agenda!Click for the latest developments in the NBA agenda! alm_page: 1alm_current: 1almitem: 1alm_found_posts: 1
    Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal says the team is “fighting the league” about playing this Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Washington Wizards have been out of action for the past week after six players and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. After being held out by the NBA, the Wizards were permitted to return to practice on Wednesday. They also received news from the league that they are expected to play on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks. After the practice on Wednesday, Bradley Beal said that the Wizards are “fighting the league” on whether they should play on Friday. Additionally, Beal said that he and Russell Westbrook will talk with Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, about the situation. Bradley Beal says the Wizards "are fighting the league" on whether they should play Friday. The Wizards, clearly, feel they dont have enough healthy bodies that will be in good enough condition to play. Beal says he & Russell Westbrook will ask Michele Roberts for help as well. — Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) January 21, 2021...
    The man, who everyone talked about back in the 80s and 90s and even now, ruled the NBA for many reasons. It wasn’t just that he stood out and had skills that the league might never see again. A lot of the attention also went to Michael Jordan because of his peculiar ways of getting retired and then returning. In fact, Netflix gave fans an opportunity to relive his journey with the Chicago Bulls by coming out with his documentary ‘The Last Dance’. Even Jordan’s former coach from the Washington Wizards, Brian James, has tons to say about the way they portray everything in this doc-series. Brought back all the memories So far, there have been a lot of mixed reviews from people who were part of the journey with Jordan and saw ‘The Last Dance’. While some are negative, Brian only has good things to say about it. In an interview with James, Gordon Voit asked how he felt watching Jordan’s  career laid out on TV. He started off, “It was like I was there. I saw all the...
    In the 2020 offseason, the Washington Wizards parted ways with their long-term superstar John Wall in hopes of winning some hardware. The organization brought in Russell Westbrook in exchange for Wall. But so far, this new experiment has not been fruitful for them. After just a single season with the Rockets, Westbrook demanded a trade. Although his request was fulfilled, Westbrook is not playing at the elite level he was expected too. In their recent fixture against the Celtics, Westbrook went just 4-of-16 from the floor, resulting in an abysmal 25% field goal percentage. Westbrook is averaging below 20 ppg in the season while not even draining 40% of his shots. As a result, we can see the Wizards struggling to find a solid footing early in the season. They have won only 2 games so far and currently hold the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference. Bradley Beal – The one-man army for the Washington Wizards While the Wizards as a whole are unable to win games, Bradley Beal is giving his 100%. Against the Celtics, Beal...
    PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers used his voice to condemn the riots in Washington much in the same way he denounced racial injustice in the NBA bubble as teams grappled with how to deal with issues far more important than basketball.He was invited to speak at a Joe Biden rally after the President-elect used Rivers' words in an October speech, calling for racial unity at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.SEE ALSO: Tri-state area lawmakers react to chaos at US Capitol, 'I didn't know if there were weapons'Rivers again decried the riotous mob Wednesday in Washington, though he cautioned, "democracy will prevail.""I'll say it because I don't think a lot of people want to: Could you imagine today if those were all Black people storming the Capitol and what would've happened," Rivers asked. "That to me is a picture worth a thousand words for all of us to see. It's something for us to reckon with, again, no police dogs turned on people, no billy clubs hitting people. People peacefully being escorted out of the Capitol. It shows you can disperse a...
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