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Best moments from Wizards' big win over the Blazers, including Bradley Beal's career-high

Best moments from Wizards' big win over the Blazers, including Bradley Beal's career-high

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 106-92 win over the Portlant Trail Blazers on Tuesday night...

1. Much of this post will be about Bradley Beal, who set a career-high and a Moda Center record with 51 points. It was, in fact, the most ever scored by an opponent at Portland.

But first, some love for the bench. The Wizards had 41 bench points including 10 from Mike Scott. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field.

Here he is scooping in a layup. Judging by the lack of retweets, nobody got 'The Office' reference:

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. also made an impact off the bench. He had 14 points and a career-high five steals. In this sequence in the first half he hits a three, steals the ball and then lays it in:


3. We should have known Beal was going to blow up when he arrived to the arena like this:

Beal was excellent from the start with 19 points in the first half. He then had 32 in the second half, including 19 in the third quarter. Here he is sinking an and-1:

4. Beal later hit several shots to put the Blazers down for good. This three helped the Wizards keep some distance in the fourth quarter:

5. This three essentially sealed the victory. The Blazers were threatening, but Beal told them goodnight:

Beal returned to the locker room only to get doused by water by his teammates. It was a fun way to end a memorable night:

That game was much better than what happened on Monday night.


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Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?


Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?

Momentum is building towards Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood getting dealt before next month's NBA trade deadline. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Saturday that multiple teams have already expressed interest in the four-year pro:

Hood, 25, is on an expiring contract and would provide scoring for a team in the market for offense. He's averaging 16.7 points this season on 41.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three.

Hood isn't a very efficient player, but he can stretch the floor. He's also big for his position at 6-foot-8 and is a very good free throw shooter (86.2%).

The Wizards could use help at the shooting guard position with Bradley Beal logging heavy minutes. They have an improved bench after making several upgrades last offseason, but shooting guard Jodie Meeks has yet to establish a consistent role in their rotation due to his low shooting percentage.

The Wizards don't necessarily need offensive help, but Hood could help take pressure off of Beal. He could also play in lineups with both Beal and John Wall.

It's unclear what the Jazz want in return for Hood and whether the Wizards could make a worthy offer. If Utah is taking the longview to build for the future, that could mean a first round pick and the Wizards have already parted with their last two.

Regardless, if the Wizards decide to target shooting guards in the next few weeks, expect Hood's name to come up.


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Wall: A few teammates didn't respond well to recent team meeting

Wall: A few teammates didn't respond well to recent team meeting

Do NBA seasons even count if an emergency team meeting hasn't taken place yet? 

In what's becomming an annual right of passage for underperforming NBA teams, the Wizards recently held a team meeting to address some of the biggest issues that have been dogging them all year. 

While these meetings typically act as motivating springboards that help bring teams together, the Wizards' recent family therapy session might have done the opposite. 

Enter John Wall. Wall, who's already publically voiced concerns over the team's (lack of) effort this season, recently spoke about how the meeting might have rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way:

"At our team meeting, I think a couple guys took it in a negative way," Wall said after the team's win in Detroit. "It hurt our team. Instead of using it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a bit."

That's certainly not a ringing endorsement from Wall, and definitely not something you want to hear after a team meeting. Currently, however, the Wizards are back to their winning ways, coming off a nice road win in Detroit. So maybe it worked!