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John Wall accepts Kevin Hart and JJ Watt's challenges, donates to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts


John Wall accepts Kevin Hart and JJ Watt's challenges, donates to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

The city of Houston continues to deal with the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

The southeast Texas gulf region was dealt 19 trillion gallons of rain during the four-day storm, with that number expecting to rise.

The mass flooding and devastation led to nearly 17,000 people seeking rescue shelters by Monday night after being displaced from their homes, according to the American Red Cross.

Several celebrities and athletes have used their status as prominent public figures to raise and donate money toward relief efforts. 

On Wednesday, John Wall became the latest athlete to donate to the cause.


The super-max deal star posted on his Instagram story Tuesday night that he would be accepting both comedian Kevin Hart and Texans' defensive end J.J. Watt's challenge to donate 25,000 dollars to each of their relief effort campaigns. 

So far, Kevin Hart has raised close to 1 million dollars and J.J. Watt raising over 5 million dollars.

Wizards players have also come together to raise funds for the victims. 

It started with a group text message and by Monday several Wizards players including John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris had raised $250,000.

Wizards majority team owner Ted Leonsis also contributed to the Red Cross in addition to President Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks.

If you would like to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey as well, you can visit the American Red Cross's website to make a donation.

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Otto Porter could miss Wizards' game vs. Cavs due to hip injury

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Otto Porter could miss Wizards' game vs. Cavs due to hip injury

The Wizards could be without one of their best players when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, as small forward Otto Porter continues to receive treatment for a right hip contusion.

Porter played just three minutes in the Wizards' win over the Clippers on Friday night before exiting with the injury. Head coach Scott Brooks said it happened when Porter took an elbow to his side.

Porter has dealt with right hip issues dating back to his rookie season, including a hip flexor and a torn labrum.


The Wizards consider Porter doubtful for the Cavs game, but do not believe his injury to be serious and haven't ruled him out yet.

"Otto, he recovers," Brooks said. "When he gets hit, he's a tough guy and he recovers, so we'll see how he feels."

Losing Porter, 24, would be tough for a game against Cleveland. Porter could be used to help slow LeBron James, who had 57 points against the Wizards in their first meeting this season.

The Wizards know they are unlikely to stop LeBron, but Porter could help limit him. Without Porter, more responsibility will be on Kelly Oubre, Jr., Markieff Morris and others.

"Hopefully he can play because we're going to need him," Brooks said. "We're going to need bodies around him and being down one body isn't going to help. But it's no excuses."

Porter is averaging 14.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals this season. If he can't go, Oubre will likely start in his place at small forward.


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Best moments from the Wizards' win over the Clippers, including some big dunks

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Best moments from the Wizards' win over the Clippers, including some big dunks

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 100-91 win over the Clippers on Friday night...

1. This game got started much like the previous one did, on Wednesday when the Wizards and Grizzlies couldn't buy a bucket. But the offense got going sooner than later and for the Wizards that breakout came with back-to-back threes.

Mike Scott hit the first one and Bradley Beal quickly followed up with the second one:

2. Beal ended up with 20 points and 11 rebounds. His best play of the night was this stepback jumper over Sam Dekker that had the Wizards' bench going nuts. Keep an eye on John Wall's hopping celebration:


3. Scott kept it going and finished with a team-high 22 points. Scott has had an impressive season and this may have been his best play so far.

Scott got open on fastbreak and threw down his best dunk of the year:

4. Wall had a modest night of 15 points and five assists as he continues to work within a minutes restriction. But he did get in some nice highlights including this block:

5. The Clippers made it interesting by tying it up several times in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards pulled away in the final five minutes, including this four-point play by Kelly Oubre, Jr., who ended up with eight points and seven rebounds: