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Summer League, Game 5: Wizards win streak stops at two games

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Summer League, Game 5: Wizards win streak stops at two games

The Wizards were looking to advance to the quarterfinals to take on the Golden State Warriors, but fell in the second round against the New Orleans Pelicans. This won't be their last game of Las Vegas Summer League -- their final matchup will be against the Nuggets on Friday. 

The Wizards had built momentum during the past two games with wins over the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz, but couldn't take care of the ball Thursday. Mistakes staggered them as they committed 19 turnovers in their 97-81 loss to the Pelicans.

  • Kelly Oubre struggled with his shot and didn't score a field goal until the third quarter. He scored 10 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and shot 4-of-13 from the field in 28 minutes of action. The majority of his points came on aggressive drives to the basket. He ends his first summer league in the NBA averaging 14.2 points and 6 rebounds in five games.
  • Aaron White only saw 11 minutes on the floor and put in a mid-range jumper as well as a layup to total four points for the game. The second-round pick came off the bench for the third straight game. 
  • Jarrid Famous, who was playing well for the Wizards throughout the Summer League, went scoreless on Thursday and only saw eight minutes of action. He entered Thursday's game averaging 12 points and eight rebounds, but didn't register a field goal and only brought in one rebound.
  • Seth Curry, younger brother of Stephen Curry, played like his big brother. Curry came into the game averaging 25 points and had no problem getting his buckets again on Thursday. He scored 26 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals. 
  • The Pelicans had five guys reach double figures including Curry (26), Larry Drew II (13), and Victor Rudd, Khem Birch as well as Fuquan Edwin scoring 12 points a piece. 

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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

GAME 4: TORONTO RAPTORS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Series: Raptors lead 2-1
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Time to get even

After a momentous Game 3 win, the Wizards have breathed some life back into their season. On Sunday, they can make this a brand new series.

With a win in Game 4 for the Wizards, they would tie the series and send it back to Toronto ensuring another home game in Washington. A loss would put them down 3-1, a deficit that has historically been hard to overcome.

Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat, most notably the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors did the same that year in the conference finals. It has only been done three times since 2006. 

How will Raptors respond?

Game 3 took on a much different tone and style than the previous two and it played into the Wizards' hands. It was much more physical and Washington did a good job of instigating contact and using it to their advanage. After the game, several players highlighted Markieff Morris shoving OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka as a turning point.

Just because it worked in Game 3 doesn't mean it will carry over successfully in Game 4. Not only could the Raptors respond with their own dose of brutality, but the referees may try to nip anything of the sort in the bud early on.

It would not be surprising if Game 4 was officiated very tightly and if a message was sent in the first quarter to the players. After seeing how well it worked in Game 3, the Wizards will likely try to test the limits.

Playoff Beal

The Raptors will also try to adjust their defense following Bradley Beal's 28-point outburst in Game 3. He wasn't much of a factor in the first two games of the series, but broke out in Game 3 to lead the Wizards to a win.

The Wizards did a good job of getting Beal involved early. He was found for open looks from three in the first half and had two three-pointers in each of the first two quarters. Beal also took it upon himself to attack the rim and force the issue.

The Raptors held Beal back in the first two games by being rough with him and in Game 2 they got him in foul trouble. Surely he will be a big emphasis of their gameplan on Sunday.

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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making plays and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.

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