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Wizards will rest John Wall on back-to-backs until further notice

Wizards will rest John Wall on back-to-backs until further notice

After relying heavily on John Wall in the previous game, Wizards coach Scott Brooks said before tipoff vs. the Atlanta Hawks on Friday that he was concerned about wearing down his point guard too much. He won't play Saturday in their first back-to-back of the season vs. the Orlando Magic which will open the door for rookie Tomas Satoransky to make his first start.

"John's minutes were really good tonight," Brooks said after Wall put up 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 33 minutes. "Part of his rehab plan was to be real cognizant of his minutes. Tomorrow, part of the plan is he's not going to play in the back-to-back. He might not play in the first few. That's all fluid."

With Trey Burke being unproductive for the first three games, Brooks has gone away from him as the primary backup. Satoransky relieved Wall in this one and played 22 minutes, posting a modest stat line of four points, three rebounds and one assist. 

But the second-unit offense ran smoother with him on the floor and he shared a three-guard backcout in the fourth quarter for the second game in a row with Wall and Bradley Beal (and Marcus Thornton when Beal leaves).

'Tomas stepped up tonight," Brooks said after a 95-92 win over Atlanta. "He's a multiple (position) defender."

Brooks wouldn't commit to saying Satoransky would be in the starting lineup.

"There's a good chance. I've been thinking about it because I knew this was the plan going forward. I like how he plays," Brooks said of Satoransky, a 6-7 combo guard who played professionally in Spain for four years before joining the team that drafted him in 2012. 

Wall, who had surgeries on both knees May 5, played 37 minutes Wednesday in a loss to the Toronto Raptors. Beal, who has had a history of stress reactions in his lower right leg, played 39 minutes for the second game in a row. 

This means Beal will have to carry more of the offensive load in Orlando and be monitored closely as the Wizards play their third game in four days.

"Looking back after last game, I played him a few minutes too many," Brooks said about Wall before Friday's game. "Not that I put him in harm’s way, I need to have better performance from our bench. Last game we did not have that."

 

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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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