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Harrison twins pick Kentucky

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Harrison twins pick Kentucky

After a long and rumor-filled recruitment, Andrew and Aaron Harrison decided to play college basketball at the University of Kentucky.

The Harrisons, twin brothers from the Houston area, are both rated in the Top 5 of all high school seniors and are expected to have an immediate impact on the college level. Most basketball experts expect the twin brothers to only play one year in college before turning professional.

The Harrisons decision boiled down to Kentucky or the University of Maryland. The Maryland staff put in long hours recruiting the talented pair of guards, and listed relationships with family members and current players as reasons for the Harrison twins to attend Maryland.

In the end, the appeal of Kentucky, the defending national champion, proved too much for Maryland to overcome.

Kentucky's head coach John Calipari is famous for bringing in the top recruits in the country before sending them off to the NBA, and it appears the Harrison's will be the newest members to travel that path.

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If Redskins really are still evaluating Kirk Cousins, Sunday was a bad performance

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If Redskins really are still evaluating Kirk Cousins, Sunday was a bad performance

If the Redskins truly need to evaluate Kirk Cousins over the final half of the 2017 season, the quarterback did himself no favors on Sunday. 

Cousins played his worst game of the year against the Chargers, and it's not even close. Nobody played well for the Redskins, save for maybe punter Tress Way, but Cousins performed particularly poor against his baseline for the season. 

He delivered his lowest yardage total (151 pass yards), completion percentage (55 percent) and QB rating (68) of the year, and by a wide margin. Cousins missed throws high and long, and again seemed to struggle to hold onto the ball while getting hit. 

The good news for Cousins, however, is since being named starter in 2015, there haven't been many performances like this. Generally, Cousins is never this bad, and maybe that's why the performance in L.A. stands out so much. 

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"I’m not here to throw stones at anybody on the offense, I know from what we expect offensively, it wasn’t even close to what we want or what we should look like from an efficiency standpoint," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said on Monday. 

At this point, the evolving contract situation between the Redskins and Cousins clouds everything going on with the team. In just three more games, Cousins will again be a free agent, and team president Bruce Allen will need to decide if the team will use a transition tag, a franchise tag, get a long-term deal done or let their quarterback walk. 

The tags carry a tremendous salary cap hit, though a long-term deal will probably do the same. Letting Cousins walk carries a possible severe penalty, but not on the salary cap. 

Over the past 10 days, national analysts have begun to question Cousins' leadership skills, and Dan Patrick even suggested Redskins' receivers don't like Cousins as their quarterback. The assertion came that Cousins throws too many dangerous passes for his wideouts, causing big hits. 

Whether or not that assertion is true, Cousins did throw multiple high passes over the middle against the Chargers. Those are the exact passes that cause big hits on receivers. 

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It's worth pointing out, almost every QB does that to some degree. For his part, Cousins said that certainly it was not intentional.

"I’m sure I’ve led people into traffic. I know I led Pierre Garcon into some big hits in the past, but I think it also is a part of playing the receiver position and it’s tough," Cousins said on 106.7 the Fan on Monday.

Asked specifically about the high passes, Gruden only talked about inaccuracy. 

"He was not quite as accurate as he has been, obviously," the coach said. "He missed some throws that he normally makes. He threw behind a couple of guys on some deep balls and he threw a couple over some guys’ heads from time to time."

It's hard to think one game could sway the opinions of the Redskins front office about their quarterback. If one game could, however, it could have been Cousins' performance against the Chargers.

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Wizards at Nets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Nets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre and the Washington Wizards battle Jahlil Okafor, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT BROOKLYN NETS

Where: Barclays Center
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington Plus (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Wall or Mahinmi play?

The Wizards have two players who may or may not play against the Nets due to injury. John Wall has missed the team's last eight games, but continues to inch closer to his return from having platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment in his left knee. He will likely to return either against the Nets or on Wednesday against the Grizzlies. Given those two games are on back-to-back nights, it wouldn't be surprising to see Wall wait until Wednesday.

Ian Mahinmi has yet to miss a game this season, but was held out of practice on Monday in New York due to a right knee strain. If Mahinmi can't go, that should open the door for Jason Smith to get some rare playing time. Marcin Gortat would also likely play a lot more than usual.

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Will Okafor and Stauskas debut?

The Nets may have two new players in their lineup as Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas are waiting to make their Brooklyn debuts. Both players were acquired in a trade last week with the Philadelphia 76ers and both are looking for a fresh start with more playing time on their new team.

Okafor was the third overall pick in 2015 and Stauskas was the eighth pick in 2014. They offer the Nets two talented young players to build around and, in the short-term, an interesting dynamic for their opponents.

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Can't play down to the Nets

The Brooklyn Nets remain a bad team with a 10-15 record, good for 11th in the Eastern Conference. But bad teams have been quite troublesome for the Wizards this season. They are 6-7 against opponents with sub-.500 records despite having an 8-5 mark against teams with .500 or better records.

The Wizards just lost to the 9-15 L.A. Clippers on Saturday, so they can't take the Nets for granted, even though they swept them last season and have only lost twice to Brooklyn since 2013. One thing the Nets can do this year is score. They are seventh in points per game. The Wizards need to be focused on defense, or the Nets could surprise them like other teams have.

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