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Daily MVP Film Breakdown: Bradley Beal’s First Triple Double

Bradley Beal made the most of his opportunity to control the game with John Wall out against Phoenix, scoring 40 points in his first career triple double and coming up clutch at the end of a triple overtime thriller.

Beal is constantly overlooked as Wall’s sidekick on a Wholesale nba jerseys
Wizards team that hasn’t done much of note. He’s talented, 25 years young, and now he has as many 40-point games in Washington as Michael Jordan did.

 

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Dearly beloved, let’s discuss Bradley Beal for a moment.
He had his first career triple double last night, posting 40 points, 15 dimes and 11 boards in a triple overtime win.

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Beal’s unconventional style jumps off the screen when you watch his tape, especially in the way he handles the ball. He plays at his own speed, and changes that speed several times per drive. His arhythmic dribble keeps defenders off balance, and he’s so smart about using that to his advantage.

Could Jalen Lecque, a high school-to-the-NBA prospect, be a 2nd-round project for the Wizards?

The Wizards currently don’t have a second round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but have the option to buy into it if they wish. And one player’s announcement may just pique their interest in paying up for another pick.

Eighteen-year-old point guard Jalen Lecque tweeted Wednesday that he’s foregoing his college scholarship and eligibility to stay in the NBA Draft. Lecque had previously committed to NC State, but has decided instead to go pro now.
How is Lecque eligible for the NBA Draft without playing any college basketball, you may ask? Well, Lecque played a year of prep ball at Brewster Academy last season after graduating high school, allowing him to participate in the draft.

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Lecque would certainly be viewed as a second round project if he’s taken in the draft, but there’s plenty of talent there to warrant a selection. He’s a four-star recruit and cheap nba jerseys from china
was ranked No. 41 in the class of 2019 by ESPN. At the NBA Combine, he was measured at 6’2″ without shoes, with a 6’8.75″ wingspan.

Given their tight cap situation, the Wizards need to add young, affordable players to the roster. And with John Wall’s future uncertain due to his Achilles injury, the Wizards could especially use a young point guard to develop over the next few seasons. The Capital City Go-Go, Washington’s G-League affiliate, would give Lecque the perfect situation to get minutes as he continues his growth as a player.

He wouldn’t necessarily help the Wizards win now, but if given some time, Lecque has the tools to potentially become an impact player.

Column: Landing Zion Williamson would put the Bulls on a winning path. But even without him, there’s no excuse for missing the playoffs again.

Brace yourselves to be disappointed by Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery, Bulls fans.

Be ready to feel like flipping the channel as soon as ESPN shows another team getting the first or second pick. Or feel like flipping off Bulls management, out of habit.

Every outlet in Chicago happily keeps reminding us the Bulls have a 12.5 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick. What typically goes unsaid is they have an 87.5 percent chance of not getting Zion Williamson. Realism isn’t the opposite of optimism — only its enemy.

What fun it would be to be stunned the way everyone was 11 years ago, when the Bulls had only a 1.7 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick that would allow them to draft Derrick Rose, and incredibly, the pingpong balls bounced their way. How monumental an ordinary weekday in May would become if the Bulls woke up Wednesday in position to draft Williamson, who will change the NBA overnight. But as Bulls executive vice president John Paxson advised in April, “luck and hope are not a strategy or a plan,” so adjust your expectations accordingly.

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Yes, defying the odds and drafting Williamson could put the Bulls back on a championship arc. That’s the easy part of the exercise, letting the heart overrule the head and arguing over the best ways to use Williamson, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. on the floor at the same time. That’s the most entertaining aspect of the Bulls offseason so far, imagining how Williamson would energize a fan base that hasn’t been the same since Rose blew out his knee in 2012. That’s the dream that has made so much tough reality tolerable for months, our local zeal for Zion.

READ MORE: The Bulls rebuild would be accelerated with a little draft lottery luck — but ‘luck and hope are not a strategy or a plan’ »

Just keep in mind that if math prevails and the Bulls miss out on Williamson or point guard Ja Morant at No. 2, losing the 2019 lottery doesn’t mean it’s already time to start planning for the 2020 lottery. No matter what happens Tuesday night, nothing changes about the Bulls needing to be good next season. The playoffs should remain the goal in 2019-20 no matter how the pingpong balls bounce.

But it isn’t just about the lottery. The Bulls need to stay healthy to get back in playoff contention. If they can, the core — Markkanen, Carter, Zach LaVine and Otto Porter Jr. — gives them reason to believe they could flirt with a .500 record in the Eastern Conference. And the No. 8 seed in this year’s playoffs, the Pistons, finished 41-41. The No. 7 seed, the Magic, improved 17 games from last season. The Bulls, 22-60 in a season full of injury and ineptness, could make a similar leap with good health and a smart plan for free agency.

For Women Working in Men’s Sports, It Is Not an Honor Just to Be Nominated

The hiring of the W.N.B.A. point guard Kristi Toliver as a full-time assistant coach with the N.B.A.’s Washington Wizards while she is still an active player was widely applauded as a notable new achievement for women in coaching.

It followed the San Antonio Spurs’ hiring of Becky Hammon, and other women like Nancy Lieberman and Jenny Boucek also joining N.B.A. coaching staffs.

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said Briann January, a guard for the Phoenix Mercury and, in her off-season, an assistant women’s basketball coach at Arizona State. “I see it now because of Becky. Because of Kristi. I see the opportunity that is out there to take that next step in this professional area.”

For many players, the moves showed N.B.A. teams tapping into a longstanding, significant pipeline of female talent.

Wizards seek a rare accomplishment: Two road wins in row

ORLANDO — The singers couldn’t hold a note and their melodies fell flat, but Friday night, their joyful noise filled the showers of the visitors’ locker room at Amway Center.

After earning a 95-91 win over the Orlando Magic, several Washington Wizards players took part in an impromptu, and out of tune, shower concert. The reasons for the song were plentiful. The Wizards had arrived in Orlando early Friday morning for what looked like a “schedule loss” — after a home defeat cheap nba jerseys to Golden State, it was their second game in as many nights to end a long week of adjusting to home life following their trip to London. Instead, the victory marked only the team’s sixth road win of the season.

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You could hear the relief from the bathroom chorus but also see it in the faces of the players, who chowed down on the postgame catering. The Wizards needed that win; it helped them keep pace in the chase for a playoff spot. Washington (21-27) remains two games behind the eighth-seeded Charlotte Hornets (23-25) with 34 games left in the season.
Even more, the win set up the Wizards for a rare achievement. As Washington continues its meandering three-game road trip Sunday in San Antonio, the team will look for its first consecutive road victories since Dec. 3 and 5 at New York and Atlanta. But obstacles await, as they tend to do with the Wizards.

For one, Washington has not beaten the Spurs in San Antonio since 1999, a run of 18 consecutive losses. Also, the night in Orlando notwithstanding, the Wizards are a six-win road team for a reason. Their normal deficiencies are amplified away from Capital One Arena; among their woes, they are the worst road rebounding team in the league, posting an average of 39.0 in 24 road games.

Although the Wizards held on for a win Friday night with a lineup that featured Jeff Green at center, they could not keep the Magic away from rebounds. Orlando clobbered the Wizards under the boards 52-38, and its dominance grew more pronounced in the fourth quarter. The Magic grabbed 15 rebounds compared with the Wizards’ eight, and it produced seven second-chance points for its efforts. Rookie Mo Bamba came off the bench to collect four rebounds in 6½ minutes in the final quarter. Terrence Ross also sparked Orlando’s second unit with four rebounds; Trevor Ariza was the only Wizards player to secure more than one in the quarter.

How John Wall’s Disabled Player Exception helps the Wizards

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the value of the Disabled Player Exception the NBA granted for John Wall’s season-ending injury, which is…

$8,641,000
Earlier this week, the NBA approved the Wizards’ application for a Disabled Player Exception after John Wall’s season-ending heel surgery. Washington can use the exception to sign a player for the rest of the season, claim a player off waivers in the final year of their deal, or trade for a player in the final year of their contract.

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Disabled Player Exceptions are more common than you think. The league also granted exceptions to Mavericks and Grizzlies this season after J.J. Barea and Dillon Brooks Wholesale jerseys
went down with season-ending injuries. Seven teams got exceptions last season, including the Celtics who used their exception from the Gordon Hayward injury to sign Greg Monroe.

Back in the 2015-16 season, the Wizards got an exception after Martell Webster had to undergo season-ending hip surgery. They didn’t use it that year and it wouldn’t be surprising if they didn’t again here. Anyone they sign with the exception counts on the team payroll and as part of the team’s luxury tax payments.

There are ways it could still come into play this season, especially around the trade deadline. The exception allows them to construct a simultaneous that would allow them to circumvent the salary matching rules in trades. Let’s say for the sake of making a hypothetical work that the Wizards wanted to trade Markieff Morris to Oklahoma City for Alex Abrines’ expiring contract. Trading them straight up wouldn’t work under the CBA, but if the Wizards used their Disabled Player Exception to get Abrines, the Thunder could use their trade exception from the Carmelo Anthony trade to get Morris and it would be a legal trade. The Wizards did something similar in 2015 to make the Andre Miller-Ramon Sessions trade work.

There’s also an off chance Washington could leverage the exception on the buyout market. With that exception in hand, they could offer veterans a bigger payday than other teams who can only offer the minimum. Again, it would all depend on Washington’s tolerance for extra luxury tax payments, but it’s on the table.

No exception will replace John Wall’s on-court value, and at this point of the season, it may be difficult to get value regardless of how it‘s used. But if nothing else, it always helps to have extra options at your disposal.

It’s time for Spurs vs. Wizards

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Welcome to the game thread. DeMar DeRozan was rested for last night’s victory against the Pelicans, so if he’s able to go tonight, he should primed for a big effort. Bradley Beal is the key performer for the Wizards, and he should be Derrick White’s assignment tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge was in the zone last night against New Orleans, so it will be interesting to see if he can keep it up on the second night of a back-to-back. Go Spurs GO!

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Bradley Beal named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

The NBA announced Bradley Beal as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for December 3-9 after guiding Washington to a 2-1 record last week.

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It’s the second time in Beal’s career he’s earned the honor, the first came back in December 2017. He’s only the third guard in the East to win the honor this season, joining Kemba Walker and Victor Oladipo, who won the honors earlier in the season.

Beal’s award comes at a good time since All-Star voting is right around the corner. It will be hard for Beal to get voted in against the stiff competition at his spot and the Wizards’ current record, but the more he does now to fare well in fan voting, the better his chances of swaying coaches in voting for All-Star reserves.

The Wizards are having a difficult time processing the Jason Smith trade

CLEVELAND — The Washington Wizards didn’t lose Saturday night to the second-worst team in the Eastern Conference because Jason Smith wasn’t there. They didn’t need Smith to stop the Cleveland Cavaliers from peaking from the three-point line. Smith wouldn’t have held rookie point guard Collin Sexton in check or muscled Tristan Thompson away from the glass. John Wall didn’t have a career-low one-point performance because Smith was nowhere near Quicken Loans Arena. Still, that shouldn’t reduce Smith’s contributions to the Wizards.

[John Wall dealing with heel issue as Wizards look listless in loss to Cavs]

Had Smith still been with the team, he likely would’ve remained in his warm-ups and only acted as a beacon of sunshine from the sideline through Washington’s low-effort 116-101 loss. But Smith’s presence was missed where he had made his biggest impact — the locker room.

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“It’s been a crazy 24 hours for us but we’re making due with it,” Bradley Beal said late Saturday night, bringing up Smith on his own. “A lot of us are a little iffy about it. We love Jason. Jason is a huge part of our team but you know, this is a business world that we live in and organization that we’re in … things happen. Players come and go and now we have Sam. We can’t heckle on it, because it happened but we definitely didn’t come out with the right focus tonight.”

A day after the Wizards dealt the 12-year veteran, cheap Washington Wizards Jerseys
teammates were still coming to grips with the three-team trade that sent Smith to Milwaukee and netted 6-foot-9 forward Sam Dekker from the Cavaliers. Players understand the business component and accept the fact that their friends can be reduced to transactions. Even so, the Smith deal hit the Wizards hard.

In a straw poll conducted within the locker room Saturday night, Wizards’ players expressed myriad emotions about losing Smith, with reactions ranging disappointment to feeling “pissed off,” as one player acknowledged. The word “tough” came up often as teammates described Smith as a morale booster, a brother and all-around good guy.

The Wizards’ latest trade breaks up positive pairing

Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith shared several similarities beyond being very tall men. At 32, they were the oldest players on the Wizards roster. Both arrived in Washington during the 2016 free agency period. They each fell out of the Wizards’ playing rotation this season with Thomas Bryant emerging as the starting center.

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“That’s the business. We’re in a tough business,” Mahinmi told NBC Sports Washington. “Me being in this league for 12 years, I understand it’s a long season. It’s a process. At the end of the day, you being mad isn’t going to much for yourself or the team. Have to be professional. You got to be positive.”

The Wizards (11-15) close their four-game road swing Monday against the Pacers (16-10). No doubt Mahinmi keeps that attitude Monday night against his former team even if the 6-foot-11 center doesn’t enter the game.

Smith would as well if he still played for the Wizards. Washington traded the 7-footer Friday in a three-team deal with the Bucks and Cavaliers.

“When you see good basketball out there, it’s easy to be upbeat. It’s easy to be upbeat for your teammates out there,” Smith said to NBC Sports Washington Friday. Hours later Smith found out positively he was headed to Milwaukee.

Mahinmi remains as does what’s left of that four-year, $64 million contract that expires after the 2019-20 season. The signing was arguably curious from the start because of the contract terms and presence of now ex-Wizard Marcin Gortat. Positivity, perhaps Mahinmi’s greatest contribution, doesn’t show in the box score and the center’s limited production is a constant source of annoyance for fans.

The 10-year veteran also feels frustration. Mahinmi wants to play, contribute to the cause. For now, and likely going forward, Wizards coach Scott Brooks looks elsewhere except for spot minutes. Mahinmi didn’t play in eight of Washington’s last 11 games. While helpful as a rebounder and defender, he struggles offensively and averages six personal fouls per 36 minutes.

Through it all, the smile and warmth remain for the husband and father of three. Fatherhood is yet another connection with Smith (and most of the Wizards roster at this point). Listening to them talk about the 21-year-old Bryant made it sound like a co-parenting situation.

“His absolute genuine joy is fun to see,” Smith said like a proud father.

Despite Saturday’s 116-101 road loss to the Cavaliers, the Wizards are 6-4 since the energetic Bryant entered the starting lineup Nov. 20 against the Clippers. Washington’s season doesn’t hinge on Bryant’s development, but him turning into a steady option is essential.

That’s an area Mahinmi seeks to offer help just like an NBA legend did for him upon entering the league with the Spurs in 2007.

“I’ll always remember when I was a young player trying to establish myself in this league and thrown into the mix. Obviously, it was very different. I was behind Tim Duncan. It meant everything to have the support of my elders, the vets and everyone around me. I’m trying to do this for (Thomas and the) young guys.”

While not playing consistently isn’t ideal, Mahinmi said family life lifts his spirits, and maturity offers a new perspective.

“I can guarantee you if I was younger I wouldn’t be dealing with the challenges with the same approach,” Mahinmi said. “It’s good because basketball isn’t everything for me. I have bigger things, more important things going on in my life.”

Smith’s life changed Friday. He joined his new teammates Sunday and met with the Milwaukee media. He quickly impressed reporters with his attitude.

Part of Smith knows he needs to impress cheap Washington Wizards Jerseys
NBA general managers and scouts with his play.

His three-year contract, which included a player option of $5.45 million for the current season, expires this summer. Playing in only 12 of Washington’s 25 games before the trade didn’t help the cause of landing another deal.

“I mean, a little bit,” Smith said of free agency weighing on his mind, “but things will work out in the end. I’m 12 years in. This is all icing on the cake for me.”

Regarding his on-court role, it’s been a slippery road for Mahinmi since leaving Indiana in 2016. He’d love to play Monday in one of the NBA cities he considers home. The reality is others offer traits better suited to deal with the Pacers’ interior trio of Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, and Thad Young.

Maybe Mahinmi, now the final remaining member of the questionable group of 2016 additions, sneaks in for some action. Regardless, the nice man from France will keep up the encouragement.

“You have to be genuinely happy for your teammates,” Mahinmi said. “You’ve got to be willing to go through those times as a player, find the benefits of all challenges. It’s definitely a challenge for myself, for Jason, but I’m here for the team.”

That’s where the similarities with Smith end.