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Dudley on Doc Rivers: Hall of Fame coach, but not GM


Dudley on Doc Rivers: Hall of Fame coach, but not GM

Jared Dudley, a Southern California kid, spent the 2013-14 season with the Los Angeles Clippers. The dream scenario turned nightmarish. The versatile forward played through knee pain, but not at his expected high level.

One season was enough for Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers. Desperate to unload the final two seasons of Dudley's contract, Rivers traded a future first rounder and the veteran to Milwaukee for a hodgepodge of nominal assets.

Since then, Dudley regained his form with the playoff Bucks and now leads the NBA in 3-point shooting as a member of the Wizards. With the Clippers at Verizon Center Monday night, Rivers was asked if he regrets that summer of 2014 deal.

"Well I wish [Dudley] would have played that way. He'd still be in LA," the coach stated. "You can go either way with that one. He was injured with us. It just didn't work out."

The trade did for everyone else.

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Milwaukee reached the playoffs for the third time in nine years. Sporting a talented and youthful roster, the Bucks also moved Dudley after one season, but did so for needed cap space, not to unload a problem. They only received a future second round pick from Washington, but didn't send other viable assets with Dudley's expiring contract.

Told of Rivers' pregame comments following Monday's game, Dudley said of the Clippers-Bucks trade, "I think you look at Doc. He's a Hall of Fame coach. I don't know if he's a Hall of Fame GM. Going forward, we'll see. I think Milwaukee loved that."

Dudley, 30, started his career in Charlotte before shining over five seasons in Phoenix. Now he's with the Wizards, his fourth team in four seasons. That means there's frequent opportunity for revenge against a former employer. He admits motivation was on the menu with Monday's matchup.

"It's extra because of how it ended," said Dudley, who averaged 6.9 points and 23 minutes in 74 games with the Clippers.

The issue started with kneecap pain for a player who at that point in his career never had a significant injury. Dudley said Rivers "knew about it. I let him know about it numerous times." There were times when Dudley said he anticipated getting rest, but injuries elsewhere had Rivers ignoring those requests.

"You kind of getting tired of talking about it in a sense," Dudley said before continuing. "For me it was a dream to be able to play for [being] from San Diego. Going in there basically with a (partially) fractured kneecap and having to play through pain, letting them know I couldn't go. Still going out there and not being able to play to my full ability."

At the time of the trade, USA Today's Sam Amick wrote, "It was no secret that Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers wasn't a huge fan of Dudley's game."

Despite a clear difference on the playing through pain scenario with Los Angeles, Dudley said, "I don't look at it as [Rivers'] fault anymore because as a player, you know your body. I let them know. I should have stood more firmly and said I can't go. That's something I've learned."

Dudley had back surgery shortly after the trade to Washington. Despite missing training camp and most of the preseason, he entered Monday shooting a career-high 48.8 percent on 3-point attempts. His scoreless performance in Monday's 108-91 loss is not indicative of the perimeter presence he's provided the Wizards.

"If there is one thing that I've told players going forward, you know your body," he continued. "When you get out there, you have to play at a high level. People don't care if you're hurt. Sometimes you can play through [pain]. ...For that knee injury, I couldn't even bend my knee at the time."

Though he regrets playing with the injury, Dudley loves the end result.

"I thought it hurt me, but to be honest with you, it was a blessing in disguise because I got traded to Milwaukee. Who would have told you that, getting traded to Milwaukee was a blessing in disguise? Got there, basically rededicated myself at getting back to being the player I was. Got to the playoffs and now I'm traded here. I think I've been playing some of my best basketball I've had since the Phoenix days. If I had to do it all over again I would. I just wish I would have been healthy and able to contribute more."

Doc Rivers surely agrees with that final statement.

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

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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Bojan Bogdanovic and the Indiana Pacers on Saturday 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 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Season series on the line

The Wizards and Pacers square off for the third and final time this season on Saturday night and the game will represent the tiebreaker for the season series. The Wizards beat the Pacers in their first meeting on Feb. 5 and Indiana then got even on March 4. The first game did not feature Victor Oladipo. John Wall didn't play in either of them.

Whichever team wins on Saturday night will own the playoff tiebreaker, meaning that team will get the better seed in the even they finish with the same regular season record. Right now only one game separates the teams, so that could definitely come into play. With a win over the Pacers, the Wizards could also move into third place in the East. They would tie the Pacers by record and own the head-to-head series. The one variable there is the Cavs play the Bulls on Saturday. If they win and the Pacers lose, the Cavs will be in third.


Wizards have been struggling

The Wizards won their last game on the road against the Celtics, but have lost five of their last eight overall. They remain in good shape in the big picture, but could use some positive momentum. A win over the Pacers would certainly give them that with three off days awaiting on the other end before they head out to San Antonio to face the Spurs.

Defense has been the problem. During this eight-game stretch, they have allowed the second-most points in the paint per game (53.8), the ninth-most points per game (111.0) overall and the fourth-highest opponents shooting percentage (49.3). 


Pacers are tough

The Pacers may be missing two of their best big men on Saturday as Domantas Sabonis has been ruled out and Myles Turner is questionable. Both are nursing sprained left ankles. That bodes well for the Wizards' defense in the paint, but Indiana still has plenty of firepower.

Oladipo is having a terrific season with averages of 23.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. There's also Bojan Bogdanovic, a former Wizards player who is averaging 14.0 points and shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three this year. Bogdanovic has scored 20 points or more in each of his games against the Wizards this season. The Pacers as a team have won six of their last eight.


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Ramon Sessions signs with Wizards for rest of season, giving them long-term insurance for John Wall

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Ramon Sessions signs with Wizards for rest of season, giving them long-term insurance for John Wall

The Wizards have signed point guard Ramon Sessions for the rest of the 2017-18 season following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed.

Sessions, 31, has played in five games for the Wizards this season with averages of 7.2 points and 3.4 assists. He spent 13 games with the Knicks previously this season before first signing with the Wizards on Feb. 23. He signed his second 10-day contract on March 5.

The Wizards were only permitted to sign Sessions to two consecutive 10-day contracts per league rules. They had to decided at the end of the second deal whether to sign him for the rest of the season or release him to free agency.

"His reputation is amazing and rightfully so. He showed me and the staff that he comes and does his job every day," head coach Scott Brooks said. "He was more than deserving of the opportunity to stay here all year."


Sessions is eligible for their playoff roster if they do indeed make the postseason, as he was let go by New York before March 1. That was always going to be a consideration in their plans at the end of his second 10-day contract. If they were to go out and get someone else, the March 1 deadline would come back into play.

Sessions gives the Wizards depth at the point guard position along with Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier, who have collectively held down the fort with John Wall out recovering from left knee surgery. By keeping Sessions, the Wizards have another backup plan in place.

Brooks said on Friday that Wall will be placed back into the starting lineup immediately when he's ready to return. That was expected and it will have a domino effect on Sessions and the other guards once he is back. The minutes may dry up completely for Sessions, a 10-year NBA journeyman.

"You're gonna have guys that are going to have to be good teammates," Brooks said, suggesting the playing time would go away. "Sacrificing is a big part of this league."


Satoransky will be the primary backup to Wall and Sessions may be out of minutes alongside Frazier. Brooks did, however, note that Satoransky could spend time at shooting guard and small forward. That could theoretically open the door for Sessions or Frazier to get playing time.

Whether Sessions plays or not, he's happy to be in the fold. Though he often said the uncertainty of the 10-day deal didn't weight on him, he admitted on Friday that it wasn't easy to navigate.

"This was my first time doing a 10-day and those were probably the longest 20 days I've been a part of in the NBA," he said. "I'm just excited to be back here. D.C. is my home." 

The news was first reported by the Washington Post.

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