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Price's family still without power

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Price's family still without power

In the hours leading up to Tuesday night’s season opener against the Cavaliers in Cleveland, Wizards point guard A.J. Price was frantically calling and texting his family on Long Island to check on their safety.

His parents, Tony and Inga Price, who live five minutes apart in his hometown of Massapequa, N.Y., have been without power since Hurricane Sandy ravaged their town late Monday night.

His girlfriend, along with their child, were forced to evacuate from their home in Freeport, N.Y., which is also without power, and have spent the past three nights in a nearby hotel.

“There is a lot of flooding up there,” Price said. “They’ve seen water above cars and trees down, but the biggest thing is no power. A lot of people are without electricity.”

In Massapequa, where Price’s parents remained in their homes, roads are still flooded and officials say it could be another 7 to 10 days before power is restored. In Freeport, residences are anticipating their electricity will be restored on Saturday.

“It’s extremely tough, probably one of the toughest things I’ve had to deal with and not let it affect me, which is even harder,” Price said. “I had to play a game [Tuesday night] and act as if nothing was going on when the whole time I was kind of thinking about what’s going on at home.”

Like many of the Wizards, Price struggled in the 94-84 loss to the Cavs, shooting 2-for-13 for 7 points in a 29:24 of playing time.

“I don’t think it affected me once the game started,” Price said of his preoccupation with the storm, “but definitely before the game I was thinking about it.”

Price said no one in his family was injured in the storm and is hoping the damage to their homes is minimal.

“Everybody is safe and that’s the biggest thing,” he said. “Obviously, the news is going to show you the most drastic images and you get caught up worrying that everywhere is like that. But the good thing is everybody’s in good health, everybody’s safe and nobody’s in imminent danger. That’s all you can ask for.”

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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