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By the numbers: Bradley Beal, LeBron James, James Harden


By the numbers: Bradley Beal, LeBron James, James Harden

In the process of looking up Wizards playoff stats compared to other teams, some individual numbers jumped out. Specifically, the connection between Bradley Beal, LeBron James and James Harden.

For the second straight year, the wing guard stepped up his playoff production compared to the regular season. He scored at least 16 points in each of Washington's 10 games and had 34 in Game 4 against Atlanta. Beal filled up the stat sheet throughout the postseason and especially when John Wall missed time with a fractured wrist. In the end, Beal averaged 23.4 points, 5.5. rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals. 

He's one of three players with at least those numbers entering the NBA Finals, along with James and Harden. Yes, that's some good company.

Even if we peel back to points and rebounds,  the only other players that join the list are truly elite: Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin.

Other individual playoffs stats of note:

John Wall -- 11.9 assists. Leads all players with ease. Chris Paul (8.9) and LeBron James (8.3) rank second and third.

Paul Pierce -- 52.4 3-point shooting percentage. Second among players with at least three attempts per game. Also, his 3.3 made 3-pointers per game is second behind Stephen Curry.

Marcin Gortat -- 62.8 field goal percentage. Fourth among all players with at least 5.0 field goal attempts per game.

Ramon Sessions -- 95.0 defensive rating. Sixth best among all players averaging at least 20 minutes per game. 

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Dan Fegan, former agent for John Wall, dies in car crash

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Dan Fegan, former agent for John Wall, dies in car crash

NBA agent Dan Fegan, who had previously represented many high-profile NBA clients including John Wall, died in a car crash Sunday morning, according to The Aspen Times. 

According to the report, Fegan's SUV was struck by a bus while trying to merge onto Highway 82 in Colorado a little after 9 am this morning. 

The two passengers in the car - an unidentified woman and Fegan's 5-year old daughter - were airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. 

Fegan was 56.

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

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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick and the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday 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: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Another test

The Wizards continue their difficult stretch coming out of the All-Star break against a very dangerous Sixers team. Philly has proven to be very streaky this season, but right now they are rolling. They come to Washington having won their last seven games dating back to Feb. 6 when they beat the Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wizards are also playing well, having won eight of their last 11, despite their loss to the Hornets on Friday.

The Sixers are currently seventh in the East and appear on track to make the playoffs. If they keep rising the standings, they could meet the Wizards, who are currently fourth, in the first round. 


Season series

Speaking of the playoffs, this game could end up looming large for postseason seeding. The Sixers have won two of the three matchups between these teams this year. If they win on Sunday, they will take the season series and own the tiebreaker over Washington.

If the two teams tie head-to-head and end up with the same record at the end of the season, it will then come down to conference record. The Sixers currently have a better record against East teams than the Wizards. But if they can beat Philly this time, the Wizards will have a chance to secure the conference tiebreaker down the stretch of this season.


Sixers are tough to guard

The Wizards have found out the hard way this season just how difficult it can be to match up with the Sixers, who are led by two emerging stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid is 7-foot-1 with rare abilities to stretch the floor and beat opponents off the dribble. Simmons is 6-foot-10, yet can lead the fastbreak with rare speed and vision to find his teammates with crisp passes.

The mobility for their size is almost unmatched and it has not been easy for the Wizards to answer. In their last meeting earlier this month, Simmons had 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Embiid had 27 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. The Wizards have to try to limit those guys while also dealing with other challenges like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and J.J. Reddick.