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Bradley Beal thankful to avoid suspension, but feels for teammate Carrick Felix

Bradley Beal thankful to avoid suspension, but feels for teammate Carrick Felix

The punishment levied by the NBA on Sunday afternoon was good news to the Wizards, especially Bradley Beal who very well could have been suspended for his role in a fight with Draymond Green and the Warriors on Friday night in Oakland.

Beal was fined $50,000, but wasn't suspended. That allowed him to play against the Sacramento Kings and help the Wizards earn a blowout victory to end their road trip.

Beal addressed the media following the win for the first time since his fine was announced.

"I was really happy I wasn’t suspended. That was probably the biggest thing. I knew I was gonna get fined one way or another. I didn’t know it was going to be 50 [thousand]," he said with a smile.

The league didn't suspend Kelly Oubre, Jr., either, despite his involvement. He got a fine, as did Green. The suspensions instead went to Markieff Morris and Carrick Felix of the Wizards.

Both were suspended without pay and that is particularly tough for Felix, who does not have a $32 million contract like Morris. Felix hasn't played in the NBA since the 2013-14 season and was the last guy to make the Wizards' roster out of training camp. 

Felix has spent most of his time in the past several years playing in the D-League for little money in comparison to NBA players. All of that has Beal and other Wizards players planning to help their teammate out.

"I might help him out, man. It was all my fault, anyways," Beal said. "I gotta help my guy out. We might start a Go Fund Me and help out my guy Carrick Felix. He’s gonna need some cash, for sure."

Another shame was that Felix served his suspension for a lopsided game. He would have probably played and it would have been his first NBA game since 2014. Oh well, maybe next time.


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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.


Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.


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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."


There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

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