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Room for improvement: Ramon Sessions


Room for improvement: Ramon Sessions

For the Wizards to go beyond the second round of the playoffs, where they've lost in six games in the last two seasons, will require key contributors to do a little bit more. 

While it's unlikely that everyone in the rotation will magically become a lot better in a major area of weakness, this would be the best-case scenario for the Wizards. We'll go player by player, in no particular order:

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Ramon Sessions

The skinny: He's a 6-3 backup PG for John Wall, who no longer has to log as many minutes. Sessions was acquired at the trade deadline for Andre Miller and had his moments. In 28 games in Washington, Sessions posted 7.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds.

The fix: Shooting. While Sessions can score, he's not always efficient. He shot 41.1% in the games with Washington. He made 40.6% of his three-point shots (13-for-32) which is actually good accuracy. While Sessions is good at getting to the rim, his finishing can be much better, too.

Prospects: Sessions will be entering his ninth season and has always hovered around the lower 40s when it comes to overall shooting. Sessions can get his shot so creating isn't the issue. When Wall went down with a broken left hand and wrist in Game 1 of the East semifinals, Sessions started the next three games and shot a combined 15-for-38 as they lost two of three. If Sessions is not going to be more accurate, he can compensate by creating more for others. But he's a scorer first and maybe a full season with in coach Randy Wittman's system will help settle down. His career-high overall shooting for a full season is 46.6% in 2010-11 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That's reachable. 

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Dan Fegan, former agent for John Wall, dies in car crash

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Dan Fegan, former agent for John Wall, dies in car crash

NBA agent Dan Fegan, who had previously represented many high-profile NBA clients including John Wall, died in a car crash Sunday morning, according to The Aspen Times. 

According to the report, Fegan's SUV was struck by a bus while trying to merge onto Highway 82 in Colorado a little after 9 am this morning. 

The two passengers in the car - an unidentified woman and Fegan's 5-year old daughter - were airlifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. 

Fegan was 56.

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Wizards vs. Sixers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards vs. Sixers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick and the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Another test

The Wizards continue their difficult stretch coming out of the All-Star break against a very dangerous Sixers team. Philly has proven to be very streaky this season, but right now they are rolling. They come to Washington having won their last seven games dating back to Feb. 6 when they beat the Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wizards are also playing well, having won eight of their last 11, despite their loss to the Hornets on Friday.

The Sixers are currently seventh in the East and appear on track to make the playoffs. If they keep rising the standings, they could meet the Wizards, who are currently fourth, in the first round. 


Season series

Speaking of the playoffs, this game could end up looming large for postseason seeding. The Sixers have won two of the three matchups between these teams this year. If they win on Sunday, they will take the season series and own the tiebreaker over Washington.

If the two teams tie head-to-head and end up with the same record at the end of the season, it will then come down to conference record. The Sixers currently have a better record against East teams than the Wizards. But if they can beat Philly this time, the Wizards will have a chance to secure the conference tiebreaker down the stretch of this season.


Sixers are tough to guard

The Wizards have found out the hard way this season just how difficult it can be to match up with the Sixers, who are led by two emerging stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid is 7-foot-1 with rare abilities to stretch the floor and beat opponents off the dribble. Simmons is 6-foot-10, yet can lead the fastbreak with rare speed and vision to find his teammates with crisp passes.

The mobility for their size is almost unmatched and it has not been easy for the Wizards to answer. In their last meeting earlier this month, Simmons had 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Embiid had 27 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. The Wizards have to try to limit those guys while also dealing with other challenges like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and J.J. Reddick.