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Takeaways from Wizards' last-second loss to Pacers

Takeaways from Wizards' last-second loss to Pacers

With the chance to win both games of a back-to-back in reach, the Wizards couldn't cash even as Bradley Beal's long jumper -- appeared to be a three but his foot big right toe was on the line -- tied the score. Paul George did them in again Monday night on both ends, but someone else hit the game-winner for the Indiana Pacers. 

Thaddeus Young got the ball on a broken play on an inbounds, drove to his left and lofted up a left-handed shot for a 107-105 victory at BankersLife Fieldhouse. Beal had a chance with 0.9 seconds to win it on a catch-and-shoot from the corner but the ball went off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

George, who went for 40 in their first meeting a season ago and made two foul shots at the end of a game last year for victories, had a five-point spurt late in the fourth quarter to break open a close game. The Wizards, however, responded with a 7-2 run to bring it down to the wire.

The loss ended the Wizards’ three-game winning streak. It’s the first of a three-game trip to the Midwest that includes stops at the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and at the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. 

Marcin Gortat (21 points, 13 rebounds) had his 15th double-double to lead the Wizards (12-15). John Wall (19 points, 10 assists) had his 16th double-double, Bradley Beal (22 points, three assists) and Otto Porter (17 points, nine rebounds) contributed as well.

George (27 points, nine rebounds) and Jeff Teague (23 points, 10 assists) led the Pacers (15-14). Myles Turner (20 points, eight rebounds, five blocks) and Young (12 points, 11 rebounds) were factors as were C.J. Miles (10 points) and Al Jefferson (10 ponts) off the bench.

--Beal picked up his fourth foul on a reach-in on Turner at 10:33 of the third quarter. He’d missed a runner and had been scoreless after scoring 10 in the second quarter. But Beal, who was defended by George to cool him down, also missed open looks. In the second half, George was incredibly physical with Beal who had difficulty getting free on screens but George picked up his fourth foul by 6:15 of the fourth quarter.

--Turner, a center, was a coverage problem as he was able to get open looks from the arc. He was 8-for-13 from the field, including 1-for-2 from three-point range.

--Teague lived in the paint. He scored 11 of his points in the third quarter when Indiana made its run and took a 88-79 lead entering the fourth. The Wizards entered the game 2-11 when trailing in that situation. They were 9-2 when leading going into the final 12 minutes.

-- Jason Smith returned from a right hamstring injury that kept him out Sunday and he made two open jumpers on his only two shots. He went to the bench after the four minutes because he picked up three fouls. Andrew Nicholson (6 points) filled in.

--Tomas Satoransky has played sparingly, but when Kelly Oubre had a putback off a scramble the opportunity was created by the guard battling with three Pacers. Then Satoransky found Porter slicing for a layup that forced a timeout with the deficit down to 79-75. But Satoransky was beaten in the paint by Teague, biting on his upfake as the Pacers went back up 92-88 and shot an airball on the next play while wide open from three-point range.

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!