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With Rio Games out, focus on managing John Wall's minutes

With Rio Games out, focus on managing John Wall's minutes

Although John Wall still was a long-shot to make the 2016 Rio Olympics for USA Basketball, even with Chris Paul recusing himself from the team, it's certain he won't be an option to participate after Monday's surgeries to both knees and the now Wizards will consider a plan to preserve him during 82-game seasons, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com.

Wall had calcium deposits, or bone spurs, removed from his left knee tendon. His right knee had to be flushed out of loose bodies that also caused him discomfort for most of the season. That was on top of soreness in both ankles, too.

Wall missed the last five games of the regular season because of right knee swelling. He is expected to be ready to play when the 2016-17 regular season begins. The Rio Games are Aug. 5-21 and Wall was listed among those in consideration for the 12-man roster though it was difficult to see him beating out the likes of Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and Mike Conley at point guard.

Under then-coach Randy Wittman, if Wall wanted to play through pain -- and consider he put himself at risk by playing two playoff games a year ago with five broke bones in his left wrist and hand -- he'd be allowed to play. The same was true for Bradley Beal, who has had four consecutive seasons of stress reactions in his lower right leg.

In part because the Wizards have been so inconsistent and unable to put enough room between themselves and others in the playoff race, Wall doesn't get chances to rest the way other elite players tend to in season. This was part of a discussion had during exit interviews for Wall with managment, physicicans and his representatives.

During the 2014-15 season, Wall contemplated resting going into a West coast trip before the All-Star break but they were struggling and he played through it. The Wizards lost 6 of 8. After starting 6-5 in 2015-16, the Wizards were never able to get over .500 again and Wall consistently played during stretches in which he would've been better served resting.

How are these situations managed under coach Scott Brooks?  

For his career, Wall averages 36 minutes per game and exactly that for the last two seasons. By comparisons to other All-Star point guards, Curry has averaged 32-34 minutes in the last two seasons and Westbrook is at 34.

Paul averages 36 for his career but he is at 34 in his last two NBA seasons, too. 

Wall is entering his seventh year. He has played 82 games, 79 and 77 in each of the last three seasons.

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The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

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:

The lesson here is that you never need Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle. One will do. 

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

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.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

ROSTERS

TEAM LEBRON:

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

TEAM STEPHEN:

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

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

Three things to watch...

New format

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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Reunion time

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.

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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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