Now that theOlympic men's basketballpreliminary rounds are over, welook at the numbers accumulated and the games ahead...Wizards in London...Nene's foot woes kept him out of Brazil's final game, but reports indicate he will be available for Wednesday's quarterfinal contest against Argentina. In the four games he did play, the Wizards center averaged 7.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 20 minutes, while shooting 67 percent (10 of 15) from the field...As for Nene's big man pupil, Kevin Seraphin played all five games for France - he started the finale while Ronny Turiaf rested - and averaged 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks (sixth overall)while shooting 55.2 percent from the field. In his last two games - wins over Tunisia and Nigeria -Serpahin score 9.5 points per game.Leaders of the pack...Those that top the various statistical categories followed by the Team USA current leader in the clubhouse and other notables. Oh, and no need to rub your eyes when you get to rebounds. You're not seeing things...Scoring - Spain's Paul Gasol is getting done at a 20.6 points per game clip...Kevin Durant's 26-point outburst against Argentinajumped him (18.6) ahead of Carmelo Anthony (17.4)...the top eight scorers all play in the NBA.Rebounding - Yi Jianlian, yes that Yi Jianlian has grabbed the most boards(10.2) and could maintain that lead seeing as China did not qualify for the medal rounds...Former George Washington star Pops Mensah-Bonsu is sixth overall with 7.3 boards, one spot ahead of Nene...Kevin Loveleads the U.S. 6.4 rebounds.Assists - Topping the floor leaders, Brazil's Marcelinho Huertas has doled out 6.2 per game, two spots ahead of Lithuania's and former University of Maryland star Sarunas Jasikevicius (5.8). Chris Paul (5.8) edged out Deron Williams (5.6) for U.S. honors through five games...Steals - Paul is just swiping some balls in London, averaging 2.2 steals per game. Collectively the U.S. is averaging 11.6, far ahead of second place Argentina (7.4).The schedule: Team USA plays Australia, led by former St. Mary's star Paddy Mills, at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Mills, who played for the San Antonio Spurs last season, is second in Olympic scoring with 20.2 points...Seraphin gets a shot at the Gasol brothers when France takes on Brazil (11:15 a.m.)...Nene gets to tangle with the always rugged Luis Scola as Brazil and Argentina meet (3:00 p.m.) with the winner likely to face Team USA...Jasikevicius and Lithuania lead off the quarterfinal round against Russia.
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.
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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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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:
Michael Carter-Williams got all face when trying to block Jodie Meeks. Yeah, that'll be a flagrant. pic.twitter.com/QRUVmG2ZVw— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) February 24, 2018
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:
WHAT A WAY TO END THE HALF. pic.twitter.com/tgK5yxei5y— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) February 24, 2018
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:
Bradley Beal with the super smooth and-1. pic.twitter.com/5GTFr6KBci— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) February 24, 2018
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:
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