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Tomas Satoransky and his Wizards teammates react to Sato's monster dunk vs. the Rockets

Tomas Satoransky and his Wizards teammates react to Sato's monster dunk vs. the Rockets

The NBA world finally found out on Friday night what the Wizards locker room had waited so long to be revealed, that second-year guard Tomas Satoransky can flat-out dunk.

For the first time in his NBA career, Satoransky embarrassed an opponent with a thunderous poster dunk. The victim was Rockets center Zhou Qi. Perhaps Qi was not aware of Satoransky's dunking prowess, but now he is.

Satoransky has thrown down slams like that in practice and before games, so his teammates knew it was coming. It was just a matter of when.

"'Bout time, dammit. I wish I was 6-7 sometimes, man I'd get up there and put a few people in the rim myself," guard Bradley Beal said after the 121-103 win. "Sato's probably got the most bounce on the team. It's about time he exploited it." 


“Everybody knows Tomas is so athletic. It's good to see him finally catch somebody with a dunk," guard Jodie Meeks said.

Satoransky himself knew it was a long time coming. He has dunked on people plenty of times over the years in international play with the Czech national team and in the Euroleague. But it had been a few years.

"It was kind of a relief to know that I can still do that because I was starting to think that I don't have it in me," he said.

Satoransky's dunk made the rounds on Twitter and there were likely a lot of Google searches that followed, people wondering who this guy is. Satoransky had yet to check his phone when he met with the media, but knew there would be plenty of messages.


Satoransky also wants to see the highlight himself because he was so in the zone he didn't get to see the reaction on the bench. 

"I need to see those reactions. I think [Marcin Gortat]'s one will be priceless. I've gotta see that one," Satoransky joked.

Indeed, Gortat went nuts.

Now comes an important question. Has Satoransky finally shed the label as a 'practice dunker' by his Wizards teammates?

"No, not really because we gotta see him get a fastbreak and do a trick. He has a lot of tricks," guard John Wall said. 

"I need him to do it on DeAndre [Jordan] or something," Beal said. "We need a bigger dunk, but we'll take it."


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John Wall and J.J. Barea continue Wizards-Mavs beef with postgame war of words

John Wall and J.J. Barea continue Wizards-Mavs beef with postgame war of words

Add the Dallas Mavericks to the list of teams the Wizards just plain do not like.

The Wizards have had beef with a host of their opponents over the past several seasons between the Celtics, Warriors, Suns, Magic and many others. Now the Mavericks can be included and one could argue they were the instigators.

On Monday night in Dallas, the Wizards and Mavs got into it several times. First, Bradley Beal and rookie Dennis Smith, Jr. got tied up at midcourt and Beal gave Smith an earful afterwards. Smith grabbed Beal's arm and the Wizards shooting guard did not like it.

Beal's displeasure was understandable, as this could have caused a shoulder injury:


Soon after that, Mavericks center Salah Mejri was ejected and as he left the court, Kelly Oubre, Jr. waved him off. Mejri didn't like that too much:

Those incidents were all precursors to this, a dustup between John Wall and J.J. Barea. First, they had words for each other on the court and it resulted in a technical for Barea, one of five total handed out during the game:


After the game, they kept talking. Wall poked fun at Barea's height by saying this:

"It was cool. It was funny. It was just a little midget trying to get mad. So, I paid him no mind."

Barea then fired back with this to Dallas reporters:

"Now I have somebody in the NBA that I don't like. But I don't think his teammates like him either."

That's some decent trash-talking. But because they won in a blowout, the Mavs had the last laugh. 


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Wizards suffer another ugly loss to the Mavericks in game Otto Porter left with an injury

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Wizards suffer another ugly loss to the Mavericks in game Otto Porter left with an injury

The Washington Wizards lost to the Dallas Mavericks 98-75 on Monday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

It happened again: No one who has been following the Wizards throughout the 2017-18 season will be surprised by this. Once again, the Wizards faced a team with a far worse record, yet they not only lost, they got thorougly dominated.

And for the second time this season, it was the Mavs who pulled off the upset. Dallas beat them in Washington all the way back on Nov. 7, before we know these troubles against bad teams would define the Wizards' season to this point.

Offense was a major problem for the Wizards. They scored just 15 points in the second quarter and shot 35.6 percent in the first half. They only scored 17 in the third quarter and finished with just 75 for the game on 30.6 percent from the field. 

The Wizards also continue to have trouble in revenge games. Despite having a chance to punch back, they have now lost twice to the Mavs, Nets, Hornets and Jazz.

This one was just plain ugly and the result was the Wizards' 11th loss to a sub-.500 team. That's tied for the most in the NBA. They know it's a big problem, but they just can't seem to figure out why.

The Wizards have now lost five of their last eight games. With just over two weeks left until the trade deadline, one has to wonder what the Wizards' front office will do to shake things up. At some point they have to do something. It's not early anymore.


Porter injured: The Wizards didn't just lose, they saw one of their best players go down with an injury. Otto Porter was the player and once again it was his right hip, a recurring injury that has sidelined him periodically throughout his NBA career, including at various times this season.

Porter left for the locker room in the third quarter and never returned. The Wizards have two off-days coming up which should work in his favor, but clearly this is a concern as Porter can't shake the injury.

Wall played: Wall had another bout with migraine headaches and missed the team's shootaround. He was considered a gametime decision, but was able to give it a go. Early on, he didn't look affected by the headaches at all.

Wall came out hot by hitting his first shot and have five points and two assists in his first five minutes. By halftime, he had 11 points, four assists, two blocks but also four turnovers. But Wall didn't score in the second half and only added one assist.


Bit of chippiness: The Wizards and Mavs got into it a few times in this one, providing some entertainment in what was otherwise a dumpster fire of a game. In the third quarter we saw Bradley Beal and Dennis Smith, Jr. have words for each other:

Then we saw Salah Mejri get ejected and Kelly Oubre, Jr. wave goodbye to him:

And in the fourth Wall and Mavs point guard J.J. Barea did some jawing. The Wizards and Mavs do not appear to like each other, but Dallas continues to have the last laugh. They have swept the Wizards in seven of the last eight years.

Up next: The Wizards are off both Tuesday and Wednesday, which is not necessarily a good thing. They will have to stew on this loss for longer than usual. Their next game is Thursday night at the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. on TNT, but you can catch pre- and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington. It all starts with Wizards HangTime at 7 p.m.