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Will Wizards get luck of the draw?

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Will Wizards get luck of the draw?

For the fourth straight year, the Wizards are at the mercy of ping-pong balls.

At 19.9 percent, the Wizards have the second best chance at getting the top selection in the NBA's draft lottery on Wednesday night.

If the Wizards somehow can get lucky like they did in 2010 and snag the first pick, the outlook is immediately much brighter. With the No. 1 pick they would take Kentucky center Anthony Davis, who is considered the cream of this year's draft crop.

Davis had scouts drooling in his only season at Kentucky where he averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.5 steals a game in leading the Wildcats to the National Championship.

In the title game win over Kansas, Davis had an unforgettable line, scoring just 6 points but grabbing 16 rebounds, with 6 blocks to go along with 5 assists. Davis showed he doesn't have to score to have a big impact on a game.

The 6'-10" Davis just turned 19, but he played beyond his years and was a dominant force in college ball last season. He won every possible national player of the year award. Davis has the potential to not only be a good NBA player, but a great one.

That's why getting the No. 1 pick in this year's draft is considered so important. Davis is good enough to help turn around any moribund franchise.

Think about it. Couple Davis and guard John Wall, the 2010 1 pick, and the Wizards would have a solid one-two punch for years to come and the notion they are not that far off from completing the rebuild becomes a reality.

Fighting with D.C. for that top spot is Charlotte, with the greatest odds of getting the 1 pick at 25 percent, and then Cleveland and New Orleans with a 13 percent chance each at the top pick.

If the Wizards don't get lucky, they are guaranteed no worse than the fifth overall pick. But let's face it: Davis is the belle of this NBA draft ball, and not getting him would be a big disappointment.

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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