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Prevew: Deja vu all over again when Wizards face Mavericks?


Prevew: Deja vu all over again when Wizards face Mavericks?

Matchup: Washington Wizards (9-12) at Dallas Mavericks (13-10)

When: Saturday, 8:30 p.m. (TV: CSN+, CSNMidatlantic.com via NBC Sports Live Extra) 

When last we met: The teams face off for the second time this week. Wesley Matthews scored 36 points and sank 10 of the Mavericks' 16 3-pointers in a 116-104 win. 

Streaks: Win one, lose one in't just a common phrase, but Washington's current pattern. Starting with Toronto guard Cory Joseph's buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Nov. 28 and ending with Thursday's 109-103 setback against James Harden and the Rockets: L, W, L, W, L, W, L. Two of the wins have come on the road, which is where the Wizards will play their next four games...The Pelicans early struggles aren't going away. New Orleans has lost five of six games including 111-93 against the Boston Celtics. 

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Three things to watch

1. What's the deal with Beal?: The Wizards need a win badly in Dallas, but they really need some good news with their young wing guard's latest leg injury.

2. 3-point defense: Another game, another opposing team lighting up the night from long range. New Orleans set a franchise record with 16 3-pointers on 27 attempts in Friday's win. On the season, foes are shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc, worst in the NBA. Over the last five games, it's been even worse. How worse? How about 45.3 percent (59 of 130). The why requires a longer post, but Washington's scrambling efforts appear broken. Too often after an initial double-team the ball gets swung around where it ends in the hands of a player capable of sinking the long shots. Of course, Tyreke Evans is a career 28 percent 3-point shooter and he went 5 of 6 from New Orleans' win. Therefore, perhaps the issue is variance of defensive looks. Almost any NBA perimeter player can make 3's consistently if they get into rhythm and clearly teams feel comfortable shooting against the Wizards. The Mavericks, even with their tremendous performance in Washington, only ranks 25th with a 32.1 percent clip.

3. House of Horrors: The Wizards have lost not one, not two, not three, but 11 straight in Dallas. Some hope comes from the Mavericks side. Dallas, 5-4 at home this season, has dropped two straight at American Airlines Center.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the Wizards' 0-2 deficit and how Bradley Beal and Otto Porter need to play better.

They went into the potential change in the starting lineup, why the Wizards are doing so poorly on defense and the historical odds the Wizards are now up against.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait


Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

One thing rapper Drake has been known for is being a very vocal sports fan, that always seems to make himself the center of attention.

He also seems to be a fan of just about any team that happens to be winning at the moment. 

He's been seen in everything from Kentucky gear at a basketball game, to Alabama and Texas A&M football apparel (seriously, just Google "Drake bandwagon fan" and take a look).

One team he's always seemed to stay loyal to though is his hometown Raptors. Especially when it comes to yelling at anyone he can on the other team.

First, it was John Wall having a back-and-forth with Drake on the court.

Now, it seems to be Kelly Oubre that gets to help Drake suck up more attention on social media. 

After C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer during the fourth quarter of Washington’s 130-119 loss Tuesday night, the cameras caught him doing what he just can't help himself from doing.

Oubre though, doesn't take it personally, even when it was pointed out to him postgame.

Maybe it's because Oubre wants to start his own fashion line, and hopes to have Drake help promote it.

Maybe it's because Oubre doesn't want to ever show up on a Drake diss track (even though he apparently deleted this tweet from a long time ago right after the game).

Or Maybe Oubre is just being the bigger man.

Either way, it's safe to say this trend will continue for Drake and whoever his next Wizards target is on the court.

Given Drake's history though, if the Wizards come back and win the series, will we see him in a Wall or Oubre jersey?

Considering all the bandwagons he's jumped on, it would surprise very few if it happened.