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Wizards may receive big help against the Heat

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Wizards may receive big help against the Heat

The Washington Wizards were not only shorthanded against the Dallas Mavericks, but also short. The lack of size hurt in several ways. It's possible big help could be available for Monday's meeting in Miami.

Kris Humphries is hopeful he will play against the Eastern Conference leading Heat. As he exited the locker room following Sunday's 116-104 loss to the Mavericks, the 6-foot-9 forward told CSNmidtantic.com "we're going to give it a try" when asked about possibly playing after sitting out the last two games with a sprained ankle.

Washington played its second straight game without its top four interior options. Small ball lineups downed Phoenix, but couldn't slow down Dallas.

John Wall's right leg injury suffered in the loss became the primary medical concern for the shorthanded Wizards, but hardly the only issue.

Forward Drew Gooden, who missed his ninth straight game Sunday, is not expected to face the Heat. Washington initially listed Humphries and Gooden as "questionable" against Dallas before ruling both out shortly before tipoff. The "questionable" indicates improvement, but asked if he would be able to play against Miami, Gooden shook his head no. "Out" he said as he left the locker room. The 34-year-old has dealt with a variety of injuries, most recently right calf strain.

Nene will miss his sixth consecutive game with a strained left calf. The Brazilian big man was not expected to travel with the team to Miami.

Starting center Marcin Gortat remains away from the team while dealing with a family matter in his native Poland. It's possible he could return before Wednesday's home game against Houston.

Wall left in the final minutes after banging knees with Dallas forward Jeremy Evans. The two-time All-Star could play through the pain Monday. There are also big picture considerations. Despite having lost six of eight games, another 64 remain on the Wizards' schedule. Despite the struggles and 8-10 record, Washington remains competitive in the tightly packed Eastern Conference.

Regardless, the Wizards need some help up front. Washington was decisively outrebounded by Dallas 50-31. There were also defensive issues against 7-footer Dirk Nowitzki because of the small ball lineups. That led to breakdowns on the perimeter. Guard Wesley Matthews made 10 3-pointers and the Mavericks hit 16 of 31.

"Yeah, I wish I was a couple of inches taller," 6-foot-4 guard Bradley Beal cracked when asked about the limited size available. "We all wish we were taller...At the end of the day, it's not about height but heart. We have to have more heart than we had tonight."

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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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