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Wittman explains Wizards' sideline blowup with Crowder

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Wittman explains Wizards' sideline blowup with Crowder

Randy Wittman added some clarity to comments made by Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder, who accused him of directing profanities toward him late in the fourth quarter of a game Saturday that the Wizards were able to tie, in part, because of a technical foul.

Crowder, who ended up with the game-winning basket on a layup 119-117 for Boston, said Wittman used vulgar language towards him. But that was said after the game, and after Wittman had addressed the media, so before Monday's home game with the Portland Trail Blazers he had a chance to explain his side.  

"Listen, there was an altercation on the floor. He got knocked down, they looked at it I believe to see if it was a flagrant. You guys can look at the tape," Wittman said. "He came back out. I think Nene was the one that knocked him down, and he’s now getting into it with Nene and I’m trying to tell the official something else is going to happen. He saw that and didn’t like it. That’s all it was. I’m standing right next to the official, so if I’m doing something that shouldn’t have been done, the official would have noticed that."

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Chatter in front of the opposing team's bench during a dead-ball situation can always be tricky. It's rare, however, that a player accuses a coach publicly.

What Crowder didn't explain is exactly what he said during the incident in question and Wittman is correct that Tony Brothers, the official who assessed the technical, was on the spot. Also a possibility for the technical could've been Crowder's refusal to stop talking and not actually the content of his language.

It wasn't the brightest move as John Wall was in the middle of taking three foul shots after he was hit on a three-point attempt. Gary Neal stepped in and made the technical foul shot and that made it a one-possession game with 23 seconds left. Ultimately, Crowder had the last word. 

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.

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Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

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

2018 NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

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Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

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Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

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Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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