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NBA: Wizards-Sixers finish full of incorrect no-calls on Gortat


NBA: Wizards-Sixers finish full of incorrect no-calls on Gortat

PHILADELPHIA -- According to the NBA's last two-minute report following the Wizards' 99-94 victory vs. the Sixers, Marcin Gortat got away with five fouls in the fourth quarter which would've disqualified him.

In games that are within five points or less, and all five minutes of each needed overtime if necessary, the league reveals is findings with game officials. The crew of Tony Brothers, Curtis Blair and Gary Zielinski had a rough time Thursday.

There seems to be two extremes such as this one, when officials are less likely to call minor infractions and prefer to allow the players to decide the outcome, or the Wizards' loss to the Indiana Pacers on March 5 when Paul George was sent to the foul line because of what seemed to be minor contact for the winning free throws. There's also what happened in regulation in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers when the league determined they should've been called for a five-second violation on an inbound and were instead allowed to tie the score with the Wizards, who'd later lose that one.

Gortat only was credited with two fouls in Philadelphia. 

  • At 1:44, Marcin Gortat wasn't called for a moving screen on Isaiah Cannan. Missed call that should've been a foul on Gortat. An incorrect no-call.

  • At 1:24, Gortat is battling for rebounding position with Nerlens Noel and initiates the contact and restricts his ability to get the ball. Noel is called, however, for the foul which is determined to be wrong. It should've been Gortat. An incorrect call.

  • At 1:04: Marcus Thornton gets away with hooking Hollis Thompson to make his move. He missed the shot. Still an incorrect no-call.

  • At 47.3, Gortat extended his arm into Noel, shoving him into Thornton who was being screened. The Sixers still made the bucket on the switch as Thompson drained the fading jump shot over Gortat's contest. An incorrect no-call.

  • At 36.8, Gortat sets another moving screen on Canaan. John Wall missed the jumper anyway. An incorrect no-call.

  • At 22 seconds, Garrett Temple grabbed a rebound off missed foul shots from Jerami Grant and had his rhythm, speed, balance interrupted on contact by Noel as he pushed the ball up the court. A foul was eventually called and Thornton went to the foul line instead. An incorrect no-call.

  • At 10.3 seconds, Gortat made a blatant grab of Noel, who was prevented from setting a screen to free Canaan on the inbound with the Sixers trailing 95-92. Canaan still was able to get the ball and attempt the three to tie the score but Otto Porter was able to recover because he wasn't fully screened. An incorrect no-call.

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch


Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

On a roll

The Wizards have some serious momentum going right now. With an impressive win over the Cavs on Thursday, they have now won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall went down with a left knee injury. They had a week off due to the All-Star break, but didn't show any rust at all in their first game back.

The Wizards are now 34-24, 10 games above the .500 mark. They are fourth in the East and could move into third on Friday if they win and the Cavaliers lose. Even with Wall out, things continue to look up for Washington.


Hornets have had their number

The Wizards haven't done so well against the Hornets so far this season. Charlotte has taken both meetings and that includes a 24-point win on Jan. 17. That game featured Dwight Howard taunting the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.

Howard has killed the Wizards through two games with averages of 22.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb (20.0 ppg vs. Wizards) has been a big factor as well as All-Star Kemba Walker (21.5 ppg vs. Wizards).

The last time these teams played about a month ago frustrations boiled over in an incident that got Tim Frazier ejected. Michael Carter-Williams picked a fight with Jason Smith and Frazier went off:


Hornets coming in hot

The Hornets are outside the playoff picture at the moment at eight games below .500, but they have won two straight games and Walker and Howard are coming off huge games. In a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Walker dropped 31 points and Howard grabbed 24 rebounds.

Those guys will be riding a high coming into Washington on Friday. But it should be noted that Howard complained after the game how tired he is at this point in the season. That exhausion could affect him more in the second game of a back-to-back.



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5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 110-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night...

1. The Wizards didn't start out well, as they trailed by nine points at the end of the first quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. stumbled early by missing four of his first six shots and it looked like a carryover of his slump before the All-Star break.

But Oubre got hot in the second quarter and helped the Wizards turn the game around. This was one of his best plays, a two-handed slam that he celebrated with an emphatic scream to the crowd:


2. Tomas Satoransky was one of the stars of the game. He had 17 points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. 

Here's one of his dimes, a perfect alley-oop lob to Markieff Morris, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds:

3. Satoransky has reached double-figures in six of the 10 games since John Wall went out with an injury. This was a very impressive move, a stepback fadeaway that was super smooth:


4. Ian Mahinmi made some key contributions including four offensive rebounds and a steal. This was his best basket, a powerful slam that came at a key time:

5. This play helped seal the victory. It was a smart after-timeout set drawn up by head coach Scott Brooks and it worked to perfection: