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Wizards climb back to win on Jarell Eddie's buzzer-beater

Wizards climb back to win on Jarell Eddie's buzzer-beater

LAS VEGAS -- The best game that Jarell Eddie has had with the Wizards in summer league came Tuesday, when the 6-7 shooter had a steal with the score tied and went end-to-end for the winning layup against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Wizards (2-1) came from behind in a game they trailed by double digits as Eddie (16 points) showed that he was more than just a shooter. He put the ball on the floor and got to the rim, finished plays and was better defensively which had been a weakness when he was signed in the middle of the 2015-16 regular season. 

"I like his energy on both ends," Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe said.

Putting intense pressure on the ball, Kelly Oubre (16 points, six rebounds) found himself diving to the floor twice in the waning minute, and that led to a helpside steal by D.J. Cooper for a layup to trim the deficit to 85-83.

"You can see where the lights coming on," Lowe said. "He's trying to expand his game some so we're allowing him to do a few more things. The most important thing for him is to play hard and to play smart. If he can do those two things, his talent will take care of the rest. If you don't play hard and smart, then your talent doesn't matter."

Aaron White (10 points, six rebounds) had his best game of the tournament, including a dunk off an inbound play to tie the score at 85. Danuel House (13 points, five rebounds, Shawn Dawson (nine points), Sterling Gibbs (seven points, five assists) and Micheal Eric (five points, six rebounds, two blocks) all contributed heavily to the comeback. It was an 8-0 run to close the game.

Brooklyn's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (19 points) led all scorers.

Low price, high value: Eddie's evolution makes him a bargain at $980,000 for the 2016-17 season but there hasn't been any indication given that he'll be kept around just yet. That decision should come soon, but he's a shooter and he's getting better and could be adding more layers to his game. If the Wizards let Eddie walk, he won't remain a free agent for very long.

Time earned: Expect Dawson to get more playing time. He showed well in 16 minutes as he made 4 of 5 shots and was able to finish through contact in the paint. 

Still in charge: Eric's stats weren't eye-popping but his shot-blocking presence in the paint aided the late run. Daniel Ochefu was the backup again and didn't make a field goal in 17 minutes. Eric has done nothing to hurt his prospects and will be on an NBA roster somewhere. The same probably goes for Danuel House (13 points, five rebounds). 

 

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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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