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Markieff Morris says Wizards-Celtics rivalry should continue even though his brother Marcus is on Boston

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Markieff Morris says Wizards-Celtics rivalry should continue even though his brother Marcus is on Boston

Wizards power forward Markieff Morris was asleep at his home in Philadelphia one morning the first week of July when he heard a knock on his bedroom door. It was 8 a.m. and his brother Marcus was imploring him to wake up.

The fact Marcus, his idential twin, had knocked was unusual. Markieff was immediately thrown off.

"Usually he would just come right in, he would just come in and tell me," Markieff said. "I knew when he asked me to come out the room, I knew there was something wrong."

Nothing truly bad had happened, but what Marcus needed to tell Markieff was very important: Marcus, also an NBA forward, had been traded and not just to any team. In a deal that sent guard Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons, Marcus was heading to the Boston Celtics, the team that knocked the Wizards out of the second round of the playoffs in May and the franchise that has firmly established itself as Washington's biggest rival. 

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Due to many incidents over the past two seasons, the Wizards and Celtics have a stated disdain for each other. Markieff has become a central figure in all of it between sparring with Al Horford, who injured him in Game 1 of the playoff series, to blasting the Celtics through comments in the media. 

Markieff represents the Wizards-Celtics' rivalry as much as anyone and he thinks the beef should continue even with one Morris twin on each side.

"Honestly, I don't think it will change it. I don't think it will mess it up," Markieff said. "I just think it's gonna be a little bit softer than it was, just a little bit. But I think we'll still have our rivalry because we don't like those guys and they don't like us. I don't think that should change with my brother on the team."

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Ultimately, Markieff wants what is best for his brother and he thinks Boston is a great situation. The Celtics were the top seed in the East last season and made the Eastern Conference Finals. Marcus' Pistons didn't qualify for the playoffs this spring. Now both Morris twins are on winning teams.

"I'm happy for him," Markieff said. "I think that was the best move for him, honestly. He gets to play for an organization like Boston. That's once in a lifetime."

The Wizards' full schedule has not been released, but we do know one of the Wizards-Celtics games on tap. They will play at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, the NBA's biggest regular season stage. The Morris family is already talking about their plans, how they will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning together in Boston.

Markieff described the Celtics getting his brother as "a super big move" and added he would rather have Marcus playing with him in Washington. But having his brother be a part of the Wizards-Celtics rivalry is something he is looking forward to.

"I really can't wait until that Christmas game," he said. "Playing against my brother is always fun. It's always special."

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

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

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition 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 SATURDAY NIGHT

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

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

RELATED: BETTING ODDS FOR DUNK CONTEST, THREE-POINT CONTEST

Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

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Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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Looking back at the most memorable Wizards/Bullets moments on All-Star Saturday Night

Looking back at the most memorable Wizards/Bullets moments on All-Star Saturday Night

With Bradley Beal set for the three-point contest at the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, let's take a look back at some of the most memorable moments for Wizards and Bullets players on All-Star Saturday night.

The franchise can boast past winners of the three-point and dunk contest, but there have also been some crushing defeats.

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

2014 DUNK CONTEST: WALL STEALS THE SHOW

John Wall has accomplished a lot in his career and that includes a dunk contest title back in 2014, the only dunk contest won by a Wizards or Bullets player. Wall took home the crown amid a crowded field of participants, the last dunk contest that featured six players: Paul George, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, Ben McLemore and Terrence Ross. Ross was the defending champion. 

Wall dropped the mic with a dunk over former Wizards mascot 'G-Man.' After the dunk, he famously did the Nae Nae dance with George.

2014 THREE-POINT CONTEST: BEAL COMES IN SECOND

On Saturday night, Beal will do his best to avenge the loss he took in his first stab at the three-point contest. Beal fell just short in a stacked group that included former winners Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

The winner was Marco Belinelli, who needed a bonus round to finish it off. That was because Beal hit his final six shots in the last round to force an overtime round. It was one of the closest three-point contests ever.

RELATED: BEAL A HEAVY UNDERDOG IN THREE-POINT CONTEST

1996 THREE-POINT CONTEST: LEGLER WINS IT ALL

The Wizards do have one three-point contest winner, Tim Legler who captured the crown in 1996. Many may know Legler for his broadcasting career, but he was a very good shooter in 10 NBA seasons, four of which were in Washington. 

Legler beat out some of the best sharpshooters of the 90s including Dennis Scott, Steve Kerr, Glen Rice and Hubert Davis. Legler tried to defend his crown the following year, but lost out to Kerr.

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2011 DUNK CONTEST: MCGEE WAS ROBBED

Wall was the only Wizards player to win the dunk contest, but an argument could be made that JaVale McGee should have won it back in 2011. That was the year Blake Griffin won the title by jumping over a car. Griffin jumped over the hood, which many said wasn't exactly the same as jumping over the highest point of the car. I, who have approximately an 11-inch vertical leap, thought it was a bunch of malarkey.

That's not why McGee was robbed, though. He was robbed because Serge Ibaka appeared to steal his dunk. Video surfaced ahead of the contest of McGee practicing a dunk where he did a windmill slam while grabbing a piece of paper from the net with his mouth. Ibaka then did a very similar dunk in the contest itself. McGee admitted in an interview during the contest that Ibaka did the same dunk, so he had to switch it up. Who knows what would have happened if McGee did it instead of Ibaka. McGee, however, still put on a show including one slam where he dunked two basketballs.

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2007 THREE-POINT CONTEST: ARENAS COMES UP SHORT

Gilbert Arenas had a tough run in the three-point contest, as he finished as the runner-up in back-to-back years, 2006 and 2007. He lost to Dirk Nowitzki in 2006 and Jason Kapono in 2007.

It was in 2007, though, that Arenas wore the Wizards' gold alternate jersey (they were awesome, don't let anyone tell you differently) and finished the final round shooting threes one-handed once he realized he had lost. Arenas was one of the best personalities in the NBA at the time and that was on full display.