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Kelly Oubre, Jr. on insults from fans and how he can see why Kevin Durant made a fake Twitter account

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Kelly Oubre, Jr. on insults from fans and how he can see why Kevin Durant made a fake Twitter account

Warriors star Kevin Durant had seen and heard enough before deciding to create a fake Twitter account and fire back at his social media haters.

Durant is a unique case given his status as one of the league's most recognizable stars and a guy who took a lot of heat for being a frontrunner for joining Golden State. But criticism is something that reaches all NBA players in one form or another, whether it be online or in person from people in the stands.

Wizards forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. gets his fair share of insults and can see why Durant was pushed over the edge.

"I would 100 percent say that I've had the urge to get a fake Twitter, but I never did it," Oubre said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. 

"But Kev, at the end of the day with people, it's the whole world attacking him for the decision he made and he succeeded off his decision. Sometimes people get fed up because at the end of the day, we're just like everybody else. We might be at this pedestal, our talents might have gotten us to a certain place, but we're human beings. We think the same as other people. We do the same things as other people. So, he pretty much said that 'I'm one of y'all.' All I do is just play basketball better. That's probably why he got the urge to get a fake Twitter, man. People feel like they can say whatever they want to us and us not say anything back because technically we can't. But it's still not fair for people to take advantage of us, man. I respect Kev."

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Oubre, 21, has played two seasons in the NBA and isn't a starter on the Wizards, but that doesn't mean he isn't targeted by opposing fans. He of course found himself as the center of attention at TD Garden this spring when the Wizards were battling the Celtics in the playoffs. Oubre was suspended for Game 5 after he was ejected for pushing Kelly Olynyk to the ground. Oubre was then greeted by chants of 'f*** you, Oubre' by thousands of screaming New Englanders.

"Boston is definitely probably the worst. Me and K.O. had our little party. We had a good time. Boston is definitely the most interesting, but everywhere you hear a lot of stuff, honestly," Oubre said.

So, what does Oubre hear most often? Well, it's a little weird and unexpected.

"People call me a lesbian a lot. They think I look like a female girl or a teenage girl or something. I understand I'm a pretty dude. They might be mad that their wife likes me or something," he said.

"I'm not a lesbian. I'm a grown man. I've heard that multiple times. I guess it's something to try to get under my skin, but at the end of the day I know who I am. The whole Boston crowd screaming 'F U Oubre,' that was pretty creative of everybody in their arena. But I loved it, it was just part of the game."

One quick Twitter search of 'Oubre' and 'lesbian' sure enough proves that this particular insult goes back several years.

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Oubre knows that comes with the territory of being a so-called pretty boy and isn't about to complain.

"Well, you know, I can thank the lord for that I guess," he said.Oubre also talked about improving his vertical leap this offseason, fashion, dogs and why he loves the rapper Travis Scott on the podcast.

Listen to the full episode right here:

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NBA's last two minute report agrees with referees on strange Wizards-Clippers ending

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NBA's last two minute report agrees with referees on strange Wizards-Clippers ending

Those looking for solace in the NBA's last two minute report from Saturday's Wizards loss to the Clippers were disappointed on Sunday as the league has confirmed the ruling and explanation from the officiating crew.

The Wizards were affected by a mistake made by the clock operator in L.A. With 1.2 seconds left, the clock started early before the Wizards passed the ball inbounds to attempt a game-tying shot. The refs put 1.1 seconds back on the clock, but the Wizards were unsuccessful in their second try. 

As referee Bill Spooner explained following the game on Saturday, the rules dicate the Wizards should have been given 0.1 seconds on the clock instead of 1.1 and that's exactly how the NBA saw things in their last two minute report:

"After communicating with the Replay Center, it is determined that 0.1 seconds ran off the clock prior to the ball being legally touched. Since the basket by Beal (WAS) was scored after he game clock had expired, the Wizards retain possession on the sideline nearest the point of interruption and the game clock is incorrectly reset to 00:01.1 instead of 00:00.1, which is the amount of lost time."

Here is the play in question:

The Wizards were technically screwed by the clock starting early, but in the league's eyes it wasn't as bad as Wizards fans may argue.

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Wizards have been the most consistent NBA team at being inconsistent

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Wizards have been the most consistent NBA team at being inconsistent

The Wizards did something on Saturday in Los Angeles that has been head-scratchingly common for them this season, they lost to an objectively bad team. And, as has become custom, the Wizards led by double-digit points at one juncture and their opponent was missing several key players.

It was a game in which they had no excuse for losing.

"It’s frustrating. It’s a little bit beyond frustrating at this point," guard Bradley Beal said. "Like I just told Tim [Frazier], we should be tired of coming in here and saying ‘on to the next one, on to the next one.’ You run out of games at some point."

Head coach Scott Brooks appears beyond frustrated, as well. After the game he suggested over and over that there were players on his team that didn't show up to play. 

"We need all of our guys ready to play and we didn’t have that this afternoon," he said.

Brooks could have been referring to Kelly Oubre, Jr, or Markieff Morris, who had arguably their worst games of the season, but he wouldn't name names. It doesn't really matter because just about everyone has been a culprit at some point in these letdowns against lesser teams this season.

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The Wizards this season have been the NBA's most enigmatic and least predictable team. They have two very different versions of themselves and what you get appears to heavily depend on who they are playing.

This season the 14-12 Wizards have been markedly worse against losing teams than they have against teams at .500 or with a winning record. Basically, they play well against the good teams and bad against the bad ones. That's the definition of NBA insanity.

In the Eastern Conference, only the Celtics (8-4) and Cavs (7-4) have a better record against teams at .500 above than the Wizards, who are 8-5. That's the positive.

But the Wizards are just 6-7 against teams with losing records. Only the Hawks (5-7) and Bulls (5-9) have been worse in that category among teams in the East and they are terrible. The Wizards are the only NBA team currently with a reverse split of a losing record against losing teams and a winning record against winning teams.

The 2017-18 NBA season is only about a third of the way finished, and things may end up evening out, but the contrast the Wizards are seeing is very rare. No team has finished a season with a reverse split since at least the 2001-02 season (as far back as ESPN.com's expanded NBA standings go).

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It's usually the other way around and to a dramatic extent. Last season, the Wizards were 27-9 against teams with losing records compared to 22-24 vs. those at .500 or better. 

In every NBA season, even some good teams are bad against other good teams. And usually, even bad teams are good against other bad teams. Last season, seven teams that missed the playoffs had winning records against teams below .500, including the Knicks, Sixers and Kings.

This season the Wizards have already lost to the Hornets (9-16), Lakers (10-15), Clippers (9-15), Suns (9-19) and Mavericks (7-19). Their under. 500 difficulties also include defeats against the Jazz (13-14) and the Heat (12-13). Two more and they will match their total losses against sub-.500 teams from all of last season.

Many of the Wizards' games have been close and they are ending up on the wrong side far too often. Their losses against the Lakers, Heat and Clippers were all by three points or less.

No team in the East has had more games decided by three points or less than the Wizards, who are 1-5 in those scenarios. No one else in the East has lost more than three such games.

The Wizards only lost six games decided by three points or less all of last season. They were 9-6 in those games and only two teams won more of them.

The numbers from last year suggest the Wizards will snap out of this at some point, but like Beal said, it should probably happen sooner than later.

"We’ve gotta learn how to put teams away. We’ve gotta learn how to put our foot on the gas," he added. "These are important games and games that we need to win and should have won."

The Wizards keep playing up and down to their opponents and it's leading to a staggering amount of regrettable defeats.

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