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Wizards didn't defend like it was 'must win' vs. Raptors

Wizards didn't defend like it was 'must win' vs. Raptors

Marcin Gortat called the third game of the season a must-win -- they lost 113-103 to the Toronto Raptors in the home opener Wednesday night -- but wasn't around to address the state of the Wizards. 

Wall did.

"It's just three games. I don't know why he said it's a must win," said Wall, who was 13 of 19 shooting for a team-high 33 points and 11 assists. "You want to win the home opener but it's not a must win. We got to find a way to get out of this slump and we can't do it with nobody but the 15 guys we have in this locker room and the coaching staff. We'll be alright. We'll be fine. We'll figure it out but we can't get too far behind."

The Wizards (0-3) shot 42 of 72 from the field, or 58.3%, and lived in the paint as Wall shot 13 of 19 and Otto Porter was 11 of 13. 

Where they lost the game, however, is with defense and ball security. The Raptors made 43 of 77, or 55.8%, and scored 30 points off of 21 turnovers. Wall had nine of the giveaways.

That neutralized how effective they were in the paint with 68 points on 34 of 43 shooting, or 79%

"Execution. Taking care of the ball. Movement," said Porter when asked about the reasons for their struggles. "Everybody needs to be on the same page. Getting stops. Just playing hard."

Despite Porter's stellar defensive tactics in the first half, DeMar DeRozan erupted for 28 of his game-high 40 points in the second half. 

The Wizards gave up 114 and 112 points in their first two losses on the road. Until they bring that down to sub-100 as they did in playoff seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15, wins are going to be difficult to come by. 

MORE WIZARDS: TAKEAWAYS FROM WIZARDS' LOSS TO RAPTORS IN HOME OPENER

 

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk 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.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.

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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)

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

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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