In case you started All-Star Weekend early, you missed the Wizards coming back from a 27-point deficit tonight. It was the biggest comeback of the NBA season, led by Bradley Beal's 36 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. Here are the 5 best moments from the historic win.
1. This backdoor cut from Otto Porter is just beautiful basketball. After getting doubled on the wing, Porter gets the ball to Gortat on the elbow, who then fires a gorgeous bounce pass to Porter, who's cutting behind the defense:
2. During an explosive 3rd quarter, the Wizards brought an energy not seen in the first half as the Knicks' lead quickly evaporated. Here, Tomas Satoransky posts one of his three blocks on the night, grabs the rock and fires an outlet pass to a streaking Porter. It was one of those plays that makes the opposing coach call a streak-stopping timeout, except this timeout didn't actually stop the streak:
3. Satoransky wasn't just playing stellar defense, though. He also fired this textbook pocket pass, one of his 11 assists on the night, to Beal.
4. We might as well stay with Satoransky. During the aforementioned 3rd quarter run, Beal hit Satoransky for a wide open look, and Sato didn't let him down. The Wizards took advantage of the Knicks lackluster transition defense, especially in the second half, and you can see how it went:
5. When you stage the largest comeback of the NBA season the night before flying out to LA to play in the All-Star game, you can throw yourself alleyoops. Thems the rules:
As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.
Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.
"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."
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"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."
Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.
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Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.
"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.
Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.
Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.
You can listen to the episode right here:
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