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Wizards embarrassed by Nets in one of worst losses of season

Wizards embarrassed by Nets in one of worst losses of season

The Washington Wizards lost to the Brooklyn Nets 119-84 on Friday night.

Here's analysis of what went down...

It Happened Again: After getting upset by the Nets on Dec. 12, it seemed impossible that the Wizards would let it happen for a second time just 10 days later.

Well, guess what happened.

Not only did the Wizards lose to the Nets, they got embarrassed by a Brooklyn team that had lost four straight games entering the matchup.

Nothing worked. They couldn't score or defend and the result was one of their worst losses in a season with a few ugly ones to pick from.

This game, a 35-point defeat to one of the worst teams in the NBA, may in fact top their debacle in Utah on Dec. 4. That night they lost by 47 points, their second-biggest margin of defeat in franchise history. This one, however, came against a much worse team with no one on their roster as good as Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert.

The Wizards' troubles against bad teams just will not stop. They are now 8-9 against sub-.500 teams this season, matching their loss total from all of last year. They were 27-9 against losing teams in 2016-17. Their nine losses against losing teams are tied with the Orlando Magic for the most in the NBA this year.

It's not an early-season trend anymore. This is a real issue the Wizards are going to need to figure out.

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Everything Was Bad: There were no silver linings in this one. Head coach Scott Brooks must be furious. Not only did the Wizards shoot 36.6 percent from the field, they allowed the Nets to go off for 119 points and shoot 50 percent on 88 shots.

Six Nets players reached double figures, including Nik Stauskas who was just acquired from Philly after he fell out of the Sixers' rotation. At one point the Nets led by 40 points.

The Wizards struggled so much that even Mike Scott had an off night. He shot just 3-for-8 from the field.

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Wall Was Limited: With the Wizards playing two games in two nights and three in the next four days, Wall was on a considerable minutes restriction. Wall has been back five games now from his nine-game absence due to two knee procedures, but he's evidently not in the clear.

The Wizards allowed him to play just seven minutes in the first half as they tried to save him for the third and fourth quarters. But, in part due to the game turning into a blowout loss, Wall played only 16 minutes on the night. He had 10 points and four assists.

Porter is Back: The Wizards were technically at full-strength on Friday, though several guys weren't at full capacity and that includes small forward Otto Porter, who returned after missing two games due to a right hip contusion. He was clearly not himself, however, whether it be because of discomfort in his hip or rust from being off for several days. He managed just six points in 21 minutes.

Up Next: The Wizards keep it rolling on Saturday night in the second game of a back-to-back set. They will host the Orlando Magic at Capital One Arena. Tipoff is at 7 pm on NBC Sports Washington.

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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

GAME 4: TORONTO RAPTORS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Series: Raptors lead 2-1
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Time to get even

After a momentous Game 3 win, the Wizards have breathed some life back into their season. On Sunday, they can make this a brand new series.

With a win in Game 4 for the Wizards, they would tie the series and send it back to Toronto ensuring another home game in Washington. A loss would put them down 3-1, a deficit that has historically been hard to overcome.

Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat, most notably the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors did the same that year in the conference finals. It has only been done three times since 2006. 

How will Raptors respond?

Game 3 took on a much different tone and style than the previous two and it played into the Wizards' hands. It was much more physical and Washington did a good job of instigating contact and using it to their advanage. After the game, several players highlighted Markieff Morris shoving OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka as a turning point.

Just because it worked in Game 3 doesn't mean it will carry over successfully in Game 4. Not only could the Raptors respond with their own dose of brutality, but the referees may try to nip anything of the sort in the bud early on.

It would not be surprising if Game 4 was officiated very tightly and if a message was sent in the first quarter to the players. After seeing how well it worked in Game 3, the Wizards will likely try to test the limits.

Playoff Beal

The Raptors will also try to adjust their defense following Bradley Beal's 28-point outburst in Game 3. He wasn't much of a factor in the first two games of the series, but broke out in Game 3 to lead the Wizards to a win.

The Wizards did a good job of getting Beal involved early. He was found for open looks from three in the first half and had two three-pointers in each of the first two quarters. Beal also took it upon himself to attack the rim and force the issue.

The Raptors held Beal back in the first two games by being rough with him and in Game 2 they got him in foul trouble. Surely he will be a big emphasis of their gameplan on Sunday.

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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making plays and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.

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