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10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 2 win over Hawks

10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 2 win over Hawks

Here are 10 plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 109-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their first round playoff series that are worth revisiting...

1. Taken as a whole, this game was pretty ugly, especially the first half where both teams shot horribly (Wizards 40.5%, Hawks 34.9%). The game didn't really heat up until the fourth quarter when John Wall, Bradley Beal and Brandon Jennings took over.

There were, however, some highlights in the first half including this deep three from Wall, who went 2-for-2 from long range.

2. Beal started off slow, just as he did in Game 1, but he got two on this play following Marcin Gortat's block of Dwight Howard. Gortat had five blocks to go along with 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

This was one of two blocks Gortat had on back-to-back plays:

3. Beal ended up with 31 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. He also had three assists, though, including this one to set up Jason Smith on the pick-and-roll.

It was yet another example of Beal's growth as a ballhandler and passer:

4. This was during a timeout. The Wizards announced the Capitals score on their big screen and D.C. sports fans loved it:

5. Now, for arguably the moment of the night. Wall stole the ball and dunked it on a fastbreak with Dennis Schroder right on him. After dunking it, Wall stared Schroder down and talked some smack in his direction:

Here's another look:

Wall is ruthless.

6. This may be the story of the game. Who predicted that Jennings would go off for six straight points, eight if you count an assist?

Here's the play that got his run started, a stepback jumper:

7. And here's the assist to Smith that sent Verizon Center into pandemonium and had the Wizards going nuts:

8. This was Otto Porter's biggest play of the night, a steal-and-slam in the fourth quarter:

Porter finished with four points, but those two were big.

9. Now for some big shots by Wall in the fourth. Here is an and-1 he pulled off that was insanely athletic:

10. And finally, here is Wall throwing down a dunk late in the fourth to help put the game on ice:

We'll leave you with a Photoshop graphic from our digital team. Let Brandon cook:

[RELATED: Below the Rim: Best 'forgot he's still in the NBA' players?]

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Wizards vs. Pistons: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Pistons: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley and the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

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


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Smith may not play

The Wizards may be down not one but two power forwards, as Jason Smith sprained his right shoulder in Wednesday night's opener while filling in for Markieff Morris, who is already out rehabbing from sports hernia surgery. Losing Smith will put extra stress on head coach Scott Brooks, who is already trying to form rotations with a bench full of new faces.

If Smith can't go, which seems likely, the Wizards will start Kelly Oubre, Jr. at the three and push Otto Porter to the four. That lineup itself should have no serious drop-off from the one with Smith. But the domino effect will be interesting. Who plays the three in the second unit? Brooks will probably have to go small with three guards, stagger the minutes of his starters to compensate or turn to someone like Tomas Satoransky, Carrick Felix or Chris McCullough for some playing time after all three were DNPs in the opener.


A familiar foe

Wizards fans rejoiced when the Celtics shipped Avery Bradley to the Pistons, knowing he would not be able to guard John Wall and Bradley Beal if the Wizards see Boston again in the playoffs this season. But he's still in the Eastern Conference and because of that will see the Wizards plenty. Bradley is flat-out one of the best defenders in the NBA and one of the only players who can give Wall fits. He's got the size to guard both Wall and Beal and is as tough as they come.

Bradley will provide a strong test for both Wall and Beal, who each appear to have improved this offseason based on the limited action we've seen so far. Wall is in better shape than he was last year and Beal's confidence handling the ball and running sets continues to grow. They are up for any challenge and Bradley certainly presents one.


Harris and Drummond

The Wizards' frontcourt injuries won't make it any easier to stop what is one of the better big men combos in the Eastern Conference. Tobias Harris is a well-rounded power forward who can stretch the floor with a solid three-point shot. He puts up similar numbers to Morris, but blew up in the Pistons' first game on Wednesday against the Bobcats. Harris dropped 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-7 from three, to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists. Last year he averaged 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games against Washington.

Drummond remains one of the best rebounders in basketball. He's a walking double-double, but did have a tough time against the Wizards last season. Washington held him to 8.7 points and 9.7 rebounds, modest for him, and he shot just 40 percent in three matchups. 


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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 46 - Wizards get good injury news; Chris McCullough joins the show

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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 46 - Wizards get good injury news; Chris McCullough joins the show

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman personal injury lawyers, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the season opener, plus some positive news on the injury front with both Jason Smith and Markieff Morris.

Wizards forward Chris McCullough joined the show to discuss fighting for minutes, who he models his game after and why he goes by the nickname 'Briskuno.'

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!