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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making plays and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.





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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait


Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

One thing rapper Drake has been known for is being a very vocal sports fan, that always seems to make himself the center of attention.

He also seems to be a fan of just about any team that happens to be winning at the moment. 

He's been seen in everything from Kentucky gear at a basketball game, to Alabama and Texas A&M football apparel (seriously, just Google "Drake bandwagon fan" and take a look).

One team he's always seemed to stay loyal to though is his hometown Raptors. Especially when it comes to yelling at anyone he can on the other team.

First, it was John Wall having a back-and-forth with Drake on the court.

Now, it seems to be Kelly Oubre that gets to help Drake suck up more attention on social media. 

After C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer during the fourth quarter of Washington’s 130-119 loss Tuesday night, the cameras caught him doing what he just can't help himself from doing.

Oubre though, doesn't take it personally, even when it was pointed out to him postgame.

Maybe it's because Oubre wants to start his own fashion line, and hopes to have Drake help promote it.

Maybe it's because Oubre doesn't want to ever show up on a Drake diss track (even though he apparently deleted this tweet from a long time ago right after the game).

Or Maybe Oubre is just being the bigger man.

Either way, it's safe to say this trend will continue for Drake and whoever his next Wizards target is on the court.

Given Drake's history though, if the Wizards come back and win the series, will we see him in a Wall or Oubre jersey?

Considering all the bandwagons he's jumped on, it would surprise very few if it happened. 


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Why Mike Scott might replace Marcin Gortat in Game 3 starting lineup

Why Mike Scott might replace Marcin Gortat in Game 3 starting lineup

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks has floated possible changes to his starting lineup periodically all throughout the 2017-18 regular season. During their lowest moments, he often said he would find five guys to give him the effort and execution he was not getting from his starters.

All season-long those amounted to empty threats, but now he might be ready to pull the trigger.

That's not speculation. It's what Brooks said at the podium following his team's 130-119 loss to the Raptors in Game 2 of their first round playoff series, a defeat that has them now starting at an 0-2 deficit.

Brooks needs to make some adjustments and it may be time to go big. The idea wasn't even prompted by a question. Brooks was asked about Mike Scott's play at center.

"Who knows, he might be a starting five," Brooks quipped.

Is it time to shake up the starting lineup? If he switches it up at center, that would mean Marcin Gortat taking a seat.

Gortat started all 82 games this season at center, but as we saw in Game 2, he hasn't always received starter's minutes. Gortat played only 12 minutes against the Raptors in Game 2 and went scoreless with three rebounds.

Despite starting every game, Gortat was sixth on the team in minutes. Kelly Oubre, Jr. played more often than him and of his 81 appearances, only 11 were starts.

Scott got extended time at the five position in Game 2. He played 27 minutes and was second on the team with 20 points. He went 7-for-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from three. With 14 points in the series opener, Scott has clearly outplayed Gortat.

Scott has also outshined Ian Mahinmi, the Wizards' backup center. Mahinmi played only two minutes in Game 1 and in Game 2 he played 15.

Mahinmi, though, did play well in Game 2. He managed 12 points, three rebounds and a steal. He was 4-for-4 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.

If Brooks does make a change at center, and that remains a considerable 'if,' Mahinmi probably makes more sense to get the nod. If Scott goes into the starting lineup, that would shake up the rotation in an awkward way. Brooks would then have two centers on his bench in Gortat and Mahinmi that can't really coexist on the floor at the same time. 

Would it send a message? Yes, but it might complicate matters to an unnecessary extent to do so.

Taking Scott out of the starting lineup would also remove the spark he provides off the bench. The Wizards need scoring in their second unit to counter one of the Raptors' biggest strengths. Gortat would not help that cause.

All that said, it's very likely we see Scott more at center. The Raptors have a big front-line with Jonas Valanciunas, a 7-footer, and Serge Ibaka, who tops out at 6-foot-10. At 6-foot-8, Scott helps the Wizards go small and that can have its advantages.

Scott feels ready to step in if needed.

"When I am at the five, I know I have to rebound, stay solid and stay off those pump fakes from [DeMar] DeRozan," he said.

Whether it's Scott, Mahinmi or Gortat; clearly Brooks is weighing his options for who to start at center. Perhaps this time he will indeed make a change.


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