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NBA: Officials missed 14 calls at end of Wizards' loss to T'Wolves


NBA: Officials missed 14 calls at end of Wizards' loss to T'Wolves

Given all the blown shots and opportunities that the Wizards had to win Friday's pivotal game with the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's going to be difficult to convince anyone that they lost 132-129 in double overtime because of the game officials. But they also didn't do them any favors according to the last two-minute report released by the league office that also includes all 10 minutes of the double-overtime game.

John Wall committed a crucial turnover on a drive in the lane with 43.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter with his team ahead 108-106. In the report released Saturday, it says Wall was fouled on a reach-in by Zach LaVine. Wall lost control of the ball and it was a 24-second shot clock violation instead. It was an incorrect no-call.

Then with 4.8 seconds left in regulation with the score tied at 109, Gorgui Dieng helped on defense to prevent a drive by Wall and hacked him on his missed layup. The Wizards recovered the ball and Bradley Beal missed a three-point shot at the buzzer but Wall should've been at the foul line. It was an incorrect no-call, too.

"Dieng makes contact with Wall's body that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt," the report states.

In the last 10 minutes, the two overtime sessions, the NBA determined the game officials -- Mike Callahan, Josh Tiven and Justin V anDuyne -- made 12 other incorrect no-calls. Seven of those went against Washington.

There was a defensive three-seconds call against Andrew Wiggins that should've awarded Washington a technical foul shot but he was allowed to camp out and contribute to forcing a turnover on Wall's drive and dish to Marcin Gortat. Nene's reverse dunk to tie the score at 113 should've been an and-1 opportunity because he was fouled by Dieng on his move to the basket. Karl-Anthony Towns set an illegal screen on Otto Porter as he tried to stick with Wiggins who passed it back to Towns for a jumper and a 115-113 lead for Minnesota.

With 26 seconds left in the first overtime, LaVine traveled by splitting his feet to make the three-pointer over Gortat that cut the deficit to 119-118. At 3:35 of the second overtime, Ricky Rubio traveled before taking a jumper that missed. At 2:18, Rubio fouled Wall on his drive that missed and it wasn't whistled though Gortat succeeded in getting the putback for a 129-125 advantage.

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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.


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.


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:


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:


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: