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John Wall bangs knee in win over Kings, expected to be fine

John Wall bangs knee in win over Kings, expected to be fine

John Wall played over 42 minutes in Monday night's overtime win over the Sacramento Kings, but for much of the game he was playing through discomfort after getting banged in his right knee in the first half.

Wall is expected to be okay, but will likely miss practice on Tuesday before the Wizards head out to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder.

"He's fine, just going to obviously get some treatment tonight," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We will practice [tomorrow], but he will probably just get treatments and sit out."

Wall described the pain as being located on the inside of his knee. He mentioned his VMO (Vastus Medialis Oblique), which is under and near the top of the kneecap. 

His knee was hurting on a night he committed a season-high 11 turnovers, and Brooks wonders if the pain was a contributor to his performance. Wall also shot 6-for-16 from the field

"It took him a while. You could tell he was laboring at times, but then throughout the game it loosened up," Brooks said.

Wall, who did managed 19 points and 11 assists, would not link the discomfort to his play.

"Heck no," he said. "Turnovers were just overdribbling and trying to make passes to certain people when those guys are really athletic and have length. They deflected some of my passes."

Wall began this season on a minutes restriction and was held out of the second legs of back-to-back games earlier this month. Those efforts were prescribed to him after he had surgeries on both knees back in May.

But in his last five games Wall has logged at least 37 minutes, including on Monday when he set a season-high. He will now get one day to rest before going up against Russell Westbrook, one of the NBA's best point guards.

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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Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year.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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