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Dudley: Not knowing personnel bites Wizards again

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Dudley: Not knowing personnel bites Wizards again

Even without the likes of Bradley Beal, who had a key role in the Wizards' win a month go when they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, offense couldn't be pointed to as the issue in Wednesday's loss.

Garrett Temple (21 points) had the fourth game of 20-plus in less than a month, leading six players in double-figures; the Wizards had 14 three-point shots to tie a season-high for makes (58.3%) and a 22-5 edge in fast-break points; and had 31 assists on 42 field goals. 

“We did a bad job of knowing personnel and certain spots of where we wanted to shoot the ball," said Jared Dudley, echoing a sentiment he mentioned after the Wizards lost by 17 to the L.A. Clippers. "I thought we scored enough to win the game. ... Overall not enough stop to win."

In that Dec. 28 game, Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting. The Wizards (15-18) wanted Luc Mbah a Moute to take those shots for the Clippers.  

Wednesday, J.R. Smith had 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting, including 5 of 10 on three-pointers. Iman Shumpert taking some of those would've been preferred. 

"J.R. Smith hit a couple big ones, a couple at the buzzer," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman of his shot-clock beating jumpers. "There is a small margin of error against teams like this. ... From a defensive standpoint, we can’t try to outscore somebody like this.”

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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