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Avery Bradley says Kyrie Irving is toughest to guard in NBA, not Stephen Curry, John Wall or Russell Westbrook

Avery Bradley says Kyrie Irving is toughest to guard in NBA, not Stephen Curry, John Wall or Russell Westbrook

In a golden age of scoring point guards in the NBA, few can attest to the difficulties of playing defense on the perimeter these days than Avery Bradley, who was recently traded from the Boston Celtics to the Detroit Pistons. Though technically a shooting guard, he was often tasked with checking the opposing team's point guard. He is a much better defensive player than his former backcourt partner Isaiah Thomas and therefore would be given the toughest assignment.

On any given night that could mean Stephen Curry, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul or James Harden. But if you ask Bradley, none of those guys top his list of the toughest players to guard. His choice, as he revelaed in a Twitter Q&A through the Pistons' official account, was "not even close."

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Irving, to be fair, should be close to the top of anyone's list. But is he really that much tougher to guard than Curry or Westbrook? As good as Irving is at ballhandling and shooting, isn't Curry even better at his own game? And for guys like Westbrook, Wall and Harden, the pure athleticism would seem to be extremely difficult to deal with. Westbrook, for instance, is bigger, stronger and faster than everyone who guards him and his energy is unmatched.

Irving, 25, has certainly emerged as one of the NBA's best scorers. He's lightning quick and can hit shots from the most absurd of angles. Also, he is on one of the best teams in basketball, a Cavs team that can trot out lineups entirely composed with three-point shooters. That means space for him to go to work and he is very good with space.

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.

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Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."

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There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

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