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Van Gundy fumes postgame following Wizards domination

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Van Gundy fumes postgame following Wizards domination

The only thing briefer Monday night than Stan Van Gundy's postgame press conference? The amount of competitive basketball between the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons.

Marcin Gortat's jumper 21 seconds into the game gave the Wizards the lead for good. The margin ballooned to 44 in the 124-81 win.

Following the game, Detroit's coach saw no need for a long rehash. Far more efficient than his players, Van Gundy made his points during a blistering 37-second session with reporters.

"We got our ass kicked on both ends," the coach fumed. 

Any attempt at insight into Detroit's third straight loss to Washington received a blunt response. 

"Look they dominated. I’m not going to do a lot of analysis on this. There is none. They dominated us on both ends," Van Gundy stated. 

That domination assertion is both accurate and stunning, and not just because 43-point losses don't grow on trees. 

The Pistons (34-33) entered with a one-game lead over the Chicago Bulls and 3 1/2 over the Wizards for the eighth and final playoff spot, yet showed no urgency against one of the two teams in close pursuit.

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Chicago moved into a tie with a win Monday against the Toronto Raptors. 

The Wizards remain behind both, but now own the head-to-head tiebreakers over the Pistons. 

Washington returned home reeling after a brutal 0-3 road trip, which extended its losing streak to five games. 

Detroit started its road trip 2-1, but signs of struggles existed. There was no point in ignoring concerns after a start-to-finish annihilation. 

Washington started with a 30-7 lead in the first quarter during which Van Gundy called two timeouts 26 seconds apart. 

"We didn’t come out ready to play today," center Andre Drummond said in a somber Pistons locker room. "When they were aggressive with us we didn’t show any fight." 

The Wizards outscored the Pistons in every quarter while shooting 56.7 percent from the field. Detroit went 3 of 23 on 3-pointers and committed 21 turnovers. 

"We still have a really good chance [at the playoffs], but three games straight we haven’t had an identity," point guard Reggie Jackson said. "I don’t think anybody in the world really knows who the Pistons are right now.  We gotta figure out who we are. We really gotta figure out what we want to do and where we want to be." 

Jackson came out on the short end of the game and the matchup of $80 million point guards with John Wall. Jackson scored eight points --11 below his season average. Wall finished with 15 points and 12 assists despite resting the fourth quarter. 

The good news is that the Pistons return home for a franchise-record nine-game homestand starting Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks. Detroit is 18-11 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. 

Van Gundy didn't see the point in talking about the potential home-court positives or, talking. 

"That means nothing the nine game homestand," Van Gundy barked seconds before exiting. "You play like that you’ll go 0-9.  Thank you."

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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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