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Georgetown's Clark back at Verizon Center

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Georgetown's Clark back at Verizon Center

The Verizon Center setting, a rather familiar one for Georgetown guard Jason Clark. His primary sparring partner - Syracuse's Scoop Jardine - also a blast from the recent past.
Yet just about everything else on Tuesday afternoon reminded the NBA hopeful how times are a changing. Like his fellow graduation seniors, Clark hitting the streets or in this case, the hardwood looking for a job.The combo guard with go-go gadget arms and a perimeter touch joined five other draft prospects including Kentucky's Darius Miller and Florida State's Bernard James on the Wizards practice court for a pre-draft workout. Its kind of weird coming in this arena and not having on a Georgetown jersey, Clark said. Its weird, but Im willing to work hard to try to play here again.Including the Wizards a team in need of additional backcourt depth - Clark has worked out for three teams including the Heat and Spurs. More interested squads to come, starting with the Bulls on Friday, heading up to the June 28 draft.

These workouts carry weight as teams have the opportunity to size up a prospects skills, personality and well, size. Unlike his invited teammates Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson, Clark did not have a similar opportunity at last week's cattle call also known as the NBA combine.Im not going to say its all politics, Clark said. But theres a lot of things that go into getting invited to the combine. Im not worried about that I didnt get into the combine. Im just going to work my tail off to try to get drafted.The 6-foot-2 Clark and fellow senior Jardine were the only two small guards on hand for this workout session. They needed no introductions.We played against each other for four years, Jardine said. Today was just like I was on the road playing against Georgetown on their own court, hitting big shots and talking to their fans.Clark said, We were just talking about the games that we played against each other, how exciting they were. He always brags about they beat us more.Indeed Georgetown lost 5 of 8 games to its biggest rival over the past four years, with two games going to overtime, including last seasons heart-breaker in Syracuse. That was then. A new day in Clark playing career has dawned. The senior leader scored topped the Hoyas in scoring last season, but he's prepared for a different role on the next level."Playing defense, making hustle plays, knocking down open shots. I know my role is not going to be coming in and score, I know that," Clark said. "Some guys don't know that, but I know my role is going to be come in and compete. There is nobody that can out work me."With the opportunity comes stress and pressure, but Clark is savoring every moment."This is a blessing. Even if I don't get drafted, don't make a team, not everybody gets a chance to do this, the Arlington native said.Just do not infer thatstatementmeanshe's just happyto try out for the NBA. Jason Clark believes he belongs."I know I can make somebody's team," Clark said. Notes...The Wizards confirmed Kansas power forward and D.C. native Thomas Robinsonwill workout for the team on Wednesday, along with forwards Al'Lonzo Coleman (Presbyterian) and Kevin Thompson (Morgan State)...James, a 27-year old center from Florida State, said he received workout pointers from former college teammate and Wizards forward Chris Singleton, The 6-foot-10 James isprojected into the middle of the second round according to the website Draft Express. The Wizards own two second-round picks,number 32 and 46overall...Duke's athletic forward Miles Plumlee and Iowa swingman Matt Gatens also worked out. Plumlee is also a projected second-round selectio

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is here with the annual showcase set for Los Angeles.

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

2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

ROSTERS

TEAM LEBRON:

Coach: Dwane Casey, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Kevin Durant, Warriors
Kyrie Irving, Celtics
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
Bradley Beal, Wizards
Goran Dragic, Heat
Andre Drummond, Pistons
Paul George, Thunder
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Kemba Walker, Hornets

TEAM STEPHEN:

Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Rockets
Stephen Curry, Warriors
James Harden, Rockets
Joel Embiid, 76ers
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves
Draymond Green, Warriors
Klay Thompson, Warriors
Al Horford, Celtics
Damian Lillard, Blazers
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

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Three things to watch...

New format

The NBA switched it up this season by doing away with the traditional matchup between the East and West. The teams were instead chosen by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the two top vote-getters in All-Star fan voting. The idea was to breath new life into the All-Star Game and hopefully make it more competitive. The league also installed a system where the winners each get $100,000, $75,000 more than the losing team. 

All pro sports leagues struggle drawing interest with their All-Star showcases. They are always trying to get ratings up and this is the latest ploy by the NBA. The new format is definitely intriguing, but whether it will have a major impact on the competition itself is hard to tell. We'll see how the fans respond.

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Reunion time

The teams picked by James and Curry will give fans some throwback combinations with former teammates back together again. Team LeBron is full of them. James will reunite with Kyrie Irving, who essentially forced his way out of Cleveland over the summer after the two combined to reach three straight NBA Finals and win one title.

We will also see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play together again. They of course teamed up to win a lot of games with the Oklahoma City Thunder before Durant signed with the Warriors. Westbrook will also be reunited with Victor Oladipo, who was traded from OKC to the Pacers over the summer.

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Beal's All-Star debut

Wizards fans will of course be focused on Bradley Beal, who is making his first All-Star appearance. He is Washington's lone representative, as John Wall is still recovering from left knee surgery.

Beal may not get many minutes on a stacked roster of guys who have been in the game before. If that happens, it's probably for the best. Beal is currently fifth in the NBA in total minutes played. He needs the rest if he can get it.

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.

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Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.

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