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Should the Wizards do less talking? John Wall and Marcin Gortat weigh in

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Should the Wizards do less talking? John Wall and Marcin Gortat weigh in

Lately there has been a lot of talk about the Wizards' and their talking.

Following their loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers last Friday after some big claims were made by John Wall and Bradley Beal, center Marcin Gortat has now twice suggested the team as a whole should tone it down.

Gortat himself is guilty of it after he engaged in a war of words with LaVar Ball, father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, last month.

But now the Wizards big man thinks the team should keep the bragging to a minimum.

It was before that Cavs game that Wall and Beal said the Wizards were the best team in the Eastern Conference and earlier in the summer Beal told NBC Sports Washington that he thought Cleveland didn't want to see them in the playoffs after the Wizards were eliminated by the Celtics.

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"We've gotta stop showing off our muscles and speaking to the media and saying how great we are. We've gotta come out and do it, bottom-line," Gortat said.

Gortat stopped short of saying the Wizards had hurt themselves by what they put out there in the media. 

"Social media doesn't lose games. We lose games," he said.

But Gortat does believe the team would be better off keeping their boastful claims to themselves. That's how many teams operate, but that hasn't exactly been Wall's style over the years. He is as open and honest as you will find among professional athletes. If he believes something, he will say it.

That includes his opinion of how good the Wizards and how great of a player he is, whether that be proclaiming them as the best team in the East or saying he is the best point guard in basketball or the best shot-blocking point guard in NBA history.

That's just how he feels.

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"I don't think it's about calming down talking too confidently. The reason why it got out of hand was because March said something first, know what I mean? He's probably the one on that," Wall joked, referencing Gortat's comments on Ball and the Lakers.

"I'm confident. Some people might call it cocky, but I'm not cocky. I'm just a confident person. I'm a humble person, but I'm confident in my ability and confident in what I believe in this team."

Where Wall does agree with Gortat is on the subject of backing it up. He understands it's not the best look when he says how great the Wizards are right before they get beaten by an Eastern Conference foe, like the Cavs.

"Until you do that on the court, it doesn't mean anything. Everybody talks about what they want to be," he said. "We were doing the same talking [before] and sneaking up on teams. Now teams are sneaking up on us. We've gotta be prepared and take the mental approach to be ready for those situations. You've gotta talk, you've gotta believe, you've gotta be confident in yourself; but if you're not backing it up, then there's no point in doing it."

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is here with the annual showcase set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

ROSTERS

TEAM LEBRON:

Coach: Dwane Casey, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Kevin Durant, Warriors
Kyrie Irving, Celtics
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
Bradley Beal, Wizards
Goran Dragic, Heat
Andre Drummond, Pistons
Paul George, Thunder
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Kemba Walker, Hornets

TEAM STEPHEN:

Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Rockets
Stephen Curry, Warriors
James Harden, Rockets
Joel Embiid, 76ers
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves
Draymond Green, Warriors
Klay Thompson, Warriors
Al Horford, Celtics
Damian Lillard, Blazers
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

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Three things to watch...

New format

The NBA switched it up this season by doing away with the traditional matchup between the East and West. The teams were instead chosen by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the two top vote-getters in All-Star fan voting. The idea was to breath new life into the All-Star Game and hopefully make it more competitive. The league also installed a system where the winners each get $100,000, $75,000 more than the losing team. 

All pro sports leagues struggle drawing interest with their All-Star showcases. They are always trying to get ratings up and this is the latest ploy by the NBA. The new format is definitely intriguing, but whether it will have a major impact on the competition itself is hard to tell. We'll see how the fans respond.

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Reunion time

The teams picked by James and Curry will give fans some throwback combinations with former teammates back together again. Team LeBron is full of them. James will reunite with Kyrie Irving, who essentially forced his way out of Cleveland over the summer after the two combined to reach three straight NBA Finals and win one title.

We will also see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play together again. They of course teamed up to win a lot of games with the Oklahoma City Thunder before Durant signed with the Warriors. Westbrook will also be reunited with Victor Oladipo, who was traded from OKC to the Pacers over the summer.

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Beal's All-Star debut

Wizards fans will of course be focused on Bradley Beal, who is making his first All-Star appearance. He is Washington's lone representative, as John Wall is still recovering from left knee surgery.

Beal may not get many minutes on a stacked roster of guys who have been in the game before. If that happens, it's probably for the best. Beal is currently fifth in the NBA in total minutes played. He needs the rest if he can get it.

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.

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Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.

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