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Best moments from Wizards' win over Grizzlies including John Wall's amazing block

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Best moments from Wizards' win over Grizzlies including John Wall's amazing block

Here are the five plays or moments from the Wizards' 93-87 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night that are worth revisiting...

1. John Wall played after missing nine straight games and it didn't take long for him to find his groove. He went off for nine points in the second quarter, including this dunk.

He threw it down with his left hand, of course. Just like he never left:

Wall finished with 13 points and four assists.

2. Marcin Gortat had a nice dunk early in the third quarter. He was guarded by Dillon Brooks in the post and made him pay for a big mismatch in size by spinning down the baseline and throwing it down:

Gortat had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

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3. Otto Porter had a solid game with 14 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal. However, he had a bit of a rough night with a few tumbles and this play where James Ennis may or may not have gotten him with a cheap shot below the belt:

4. Soon after that things got chippy between the two teams after Mario Chalmers and Jason Smith got tangled up. Chalmers sort of shoved Smith and he wasn't happy about it. Ennis then stepped in and double technicals were assessed:

5. Here is the play of the night. Late in the fourth quarter, Chandler Parsons attempted a dunk after driving baseline. But Wall met him at the rim and stuffed him. 

It was a vintage block for Wall and it showed that his timing and instincts weren't affected much by the layoff:

The Wizards got a win the hard way in this one, but they got the win. On to the Clippers, who come to town on Friday.

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Ty Lawson is playing a bigger role than anyone could have predicted for Wizards vs. Raptors

Ty Lawson is playing a bigger role than anyone could have predicted for Wizards vs. Raptors

The biggest surprise of the Wizards-Raptors series through two games, at least from Washington's perspective, has to be the fact Ty Lawson has very quickly earned a prominent role in Scott Brooks' playoff rotation.

Lawson, 30, was signed the day after the regular season and after he played much of 2017-18 in China with the Shandong Golden Stars. He did not appear in one game with the Wizards or any other NBA team during the regular season, yet he was the first point guard off the bench in Game 2.

When John Wall picked up two quick fouls, it was Lawson who got the nod, not Tomas Satoransky. Lawson ended up playing 31 minutes, more than Satoransky and fellow backup point guard Tim Frazier have earned combined through two games.

Though the Wizards had three point guards on their bench behind Wall before Lawson even signed, he has apparently surpassed them all on the depth chart. Satoransky is the most surprising, given he played quite well during the regular season.

Satoransky averaged 7.2 points, 3.9 assists and shot a team-best 46.5 percent from three. He had the highest offensive rating (124) on the team.

Lawson, though, played quite well in Game 2. He put up 14 points, eight assists and three rebounds while shooting 4-for-5 from three.

Lawson outscored four of the Wizards' five starters. Not bad for his first game.

"He did everything I knew he was capable of doing," Brooks said. "I’ve seen him do it for many, many years. He’s tough, he’s a competitor. He competes and pushes the pace. He plays defense. I liked the spirit."

Lawson provided a noticeable spark. He is still quick and aggressive with the ball, not afraid to look for his own shot, and played physical defense against the Raptors. Lawson ended the night plus-8 in the box score in a game the Wizards lost by 11.

"It’s good to see him get into a game and be able to produce for us," guard Bradley Beal said.

Given the Wizards lost Game 2 and face an 0-2 deficit in their series, it is likely that Brooks continues to alter his rotation in the coming games. He could go back to Satoransky more often, knowing he had some solid games against Toronto in the regular season, including on March 2 when he had 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Satoransky could see more time at shooting guard or small forward and could play alongside Lawson. That might be Satoransky's best bet because Lawson did nothing in Game 2 to squander the opportunity.

For a team whose effort has been questioned by their head coach, Lawson's energy and urgency was noteworthy. He brought the edge of a guy playing for his NBA career, knowing a good playoff series could earn him a contract next season. 

Clearly, the way Lawson played was refreshing for Brooks given how long he kept him out on the floor. He may have come out of nowhere, but it looks like Lawson is here to stay.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the Wizards' 0-2 deficit and how Bradley Beal and Otto Porter need to play better.

They went into the potential change in the starting lineup, why the Wizards are doing so poorly on defense and the historical odds the Wizards are now up against.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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