Behind a promising and surprising double-double, the Wizards returned to the winner's circle in the Las Vegas Summer League with an 83-7 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.Stunner of stunners, former Duke product Shavlik Randolph led Washington (2-2) with 16 points and 15 rebounds while Chris Singleton had 13 and 10. For the first time in four games Bradley Beal did not lead the Wizards in scoring, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. The rookie guard knocked 2 of 5 from beyond the arc.The Wizards survived a 35-point barrage from Grizzlies guard Josh Selby. The D.C. area native drained 7 of 8 3-point attempts and tallied seven steals.Jan Vesely grabbed 12 rebounds as the Wizards finished with a dominating 56-22 advantage on the glass.Moreanalysis to follow. What did everyone think of the Wizards latest performance?
Whoever put together the NBA All-Star Game player introductions has some 'splainin to do.
The NBA introduced a kinda-full Staples Center to their 2018 All-Stars about an hour ago, and boy was it weird. There were a lot of dancers in different themed costumes. Kevin Hart was screaming. Rob Riggle was screaming. Ludacris showed up? Hey! Did you know that the Barenaked Ladies are still a band? The NBA would like you to know they're still around. The whole thing was like when you're at an art museum and you're told that abstract piece in the corner is actually really meaningful but you gotta be honest, you don't get it.
Anyways, the internet hated it. Here are some highlights from the internet hating it:
Everyone watching this NBA All-Star game opening segment like pic.twitter.com/wgEIvvKM4s— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) February 19, 2018
I know the M.O. of the NBA All-Star game is to not try...but this Rob Riggle/Kevin Hart sketch is taking things to another level.— Cousin Sal (@TheCousinSal) February 19, 2018
When Kevin Hart tries to roast you during allstar intros pic.twitter.com/ETSEte7zY2— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) February 19, 2018
Kevin Hart could trip over his hoodie strings pic.twitter.com/jOwWYWiMXj— Colleen Wolfe (@ColleenWolfeNFL) February 19, 2018
people, we have empowered kevin hart for far too long.— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 19, 2018
this must stop.
THE NBA: “We want the players to take this game more seriously.”— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) February 19, 2018
ALSO THE NBA: “Here’s a really long skit with Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle to kick things off.”
We can now stop complaining about the 2018 NBA All-Star Game pre-show, and begin complaining about the 2018 NBA All-Star Game— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) February 19, 2018
The lesson here is that you never need Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle. One will do.
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is here with the annual showcase set for Los Angeles.
Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:
2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME
Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Coach: Dwane Casey, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Kevin Durant, Warriors
Kyrie Irving, Celtics
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
Bradley Beal, Wizards
Goran Dragic, Heat
Andre Drummond, Pistons
Paul George, Thunder
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Kemba Walker, Hornets
Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Rockets
Stephen Curry, Warriors
James Harden, Rockets
Joel Embiid, 76ers
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves
Draymond Green, Warriors
Klay Thompson, Warriors
Al Horford, Celtics
Damian Lillard, Blazers
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves
Three things to watch...
The NBA switched it up this season by doing away with the traditional matchup between the East and West. The teams were instead chosen by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the two top vote-getters in All-Star fan voting. The idea was to breath new life into the All-Star Game and hopefully make it more competitive. The league also installed a system where the winners each get $100,000, $75,000 more than the losing team.
All pro sports leagues struggle drawing interest with their All-Star showcases. They are always trying to get ratings up and this is the latest ploy by the NBA. The new format is definitely intriguing, but whether it will have a major impact on the competition itself is hard to tell. We'll see how the fans respond.
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The teams picked by James and Curry will give fans some throwback combinations with former teammates back together again. Team LeBron is full of them. James will reunite with Kyrie Irving, who essentially forced his way out of Cleveland over the summer after the two combined to reach three straight NBA Finals and win one title.
We will also see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play together again. They of course teamed up to win a lot of games with the Oklahoma City Thunder before Durant signed with the Warriors. Westbrook will also be reunited with Victor Oladipo, who was traded from OKC to the Pacers over the summer.
Beal's All-Star debut
Wizards fans will of course be focused on Bradley Beal, who is making his first All-Star appearance. He is Washington's lone representative, as John Wall is still recovering from left knee surgery.
Beal may not get many minutes on a stacked roster of guys who have been in the game before. If that happens, it's probably for the best. Beal is currently fifth in the NBA in total minutes played. He needs the rest if he can get it.
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