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Was Wizards-Warriors a good or bad loss for the Wizards? A debate of both sides

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Was Wizards-Warriors a good or bad loss for the Wizards? A debate of both sides

Let's set aside the fight between the Wizards and Warriors and discuss the aftermath of the game itself. Was it a loss the Wizards can feel good about, or a bad one they will look back on with regret? Keely Diven and Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington debate...

Keely Diven: The Wizards' loss to the Warriors was a net win. It was positive column, if we’re making an Excel table out of this.  Entertain my logic for a hot second—you haven't said anything yet but I know you won't like this borderline 'moral victories' take.

The game was good for the Wizards because 1) It was fun as hell. Can I say that? That's why we’re all here and stuff. Toss out the NBA analyst pocket square for a second. Fight-hugs, wild shots, jawing, thunder jams—those are basketball fan gateway drugs. I want to watch the Wizards more and more and not stop watching them. 2) The Warriors are the best team to stalk the league since Jordan’s Bulls. The Wizards beating the snot out of them for the first 3.5 quarters felt so good, I was able to stomach the fact that they eventually allowed a run without Bradley Beal. Oh I have one more point. 

3) Beal is no punk. Everyone in the NBA will think twice before elbowing him in the stomach now. And let’s be honest: Everyone wants to smack Draymond. Beal just went and did the darn thing.

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Chase Hughes: The Wizards measured up well against the Warriors, which many teams cannot do, but this is a loss that will stick with them because they know a win against the best team in the NBA slipped out of their hands. Plus, they lost an 18-point lead.

With Markieff Morris already out, they couldn’t afford also losing Beal. The fact they were close at the end will make Beal regret his actions even more. 

In the fourth quarter, too much of the onus was put on John Wall and Otto Porter. If Beal was on the court, maybe they win. Now the Wizards sit 3-2 on the year and 1-2 on their road trip. Even if they Beat the Kings on Sunday and split this road swing, they will head home knowing they should have beaten the Lakers and could have topped the defending champion Warriors. Calling it a ‘bad’ loss may be strong, but it’s not a good loss in my opinion.

KD: Yes. One-hundred percent, absolutely no wriggling out of this, the Wizards should have won. It was right there! And they did some bone-headed things on the way down, too, like reach-around smack Draymond in the face.

Then Wall took that a heat-check 3 at the top of the shot clock with only a few fuzzy seconds at the bottom of my pocket left in the game. Woof. That's Wizards-era Nick Young territory. BUT, we had fun didn't we? Admit it, that's the most fun 3-2 start ever. And the reasons they lost are fixable.

CH: It has definitely been a fun start and the positive to draw from this game is that the Wizards have a new rivalry. It's, like, the seventh they have brokered in the last calendar year but this is already up there with the best. It's just a shame they don't play each other more often as members of different conferences.

The month of February in D.C. is objectively the worst because of the brutal cold weather. Anyone who says August can't be trusted. But the rematch between these teams on Feb. 28 actually gives us reason to look forward to February. Imagine that.

[RELATED: WALL'S SHOT, FIGHT HIGHLIGHTED WIZARDS-WARRIORS]

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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.

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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.

[RELATED: MORRIS IS A BIG FAN OF MIKE SCOTT]

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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."

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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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