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Wizards juggle minutes of Wall, Beal while Mahinmi misses game vs. Nets

Wizards juggle minutes of Wall, Beal while Mahinmi misses game vs. Nets

NEW YORK -- The Wizards allowed John Wall to go through most of Sunday's practice but he's still "banged up" with a right thigh contusion and Bradley Beal will be able to play without restrictions, according to coach Scott Brooks, when they face the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

"Don't see much of that the next game," Brooks said of Beal, who was limited to 30 minutes in a 107-105 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. 

Wall took a knee to his thigh in a Nov. 28 win over the Sacramento Kings. He has played 37, 38, 39, 37, 43, 44 and 37 minutes. He'd been under some restrictions earlier in the season coming off two knee surgeries May 5. 

Beal had played 40, 40, 38, 38, 41 and 42 before having his time momentarily restricted. After Monday's game, the Wizards play at home Tuesday vs. the Orlando Magic. 

Backup center Ian Mahinmi (right knee) practiced Sunday but has been declared out for the fourth game in a row since making his debut with the Wizards on Nov. 26.

"See how he feels each day. For tomorrow he's definitely going to be out," said Brooks on Mahinmi, who will be playing under a restriction whenever he does return. He had surgery on his left knee to repair cartilage before the season but his right one is being called soreness.

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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Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year.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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