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Wizards fear the worst with guard Sheldon Mac's 'devastating' injury

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Wizards fear the worst with guard Sheldon Mac's 'devastating' injury

The looks on Wizards' players faces said it all. When Sheldon Mac went down during the second quarter of their preseason win over the Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon, those close enough to see what happened immediately knew it was serious.

The entire team surrounded Mac at midcourt as trainers lifted him off the ground and into the locker room. Now the second-year guard is set for an MRI either Sunday evening or Monday morning. The fear is a torn Achilles tendon, an injury that would keep him out not only for the rest of this season but affect his plans next summer as well.

"It’s sad. It’s devastating," guard Bradley Beal said. "Sheldon (Mac) is a great guy. He’s a great teammate and even better player, too. You never want to see anybody go down, especially with an injury, in which you know it could be serious potentially. We can do nothing but pray for him."

"He's a brother. Our hearts dropped when he went down on the floor," forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. said. "I said a prayer for him when he was on the floor and I was standing over him."

The Wizards won't know until the MRI results come in. Right now it is considered a lower left leg injury. Mac hurt himself pushing off his left leg. He stumbled forward while dribbling as his left foot went limp.

Mac, 24, has impressed so far this preseason. He had three points in 10 minutes with one assist on Sunday before leaving. Mac played little minutes last season after joining the Wizards as an undrafted free agent out of Miami. This year, he is hoping for an expanded role.

If Mac is indeed out for an extended period of time, that should create an opportunity for either Carrick Felix or Donald Sloan. Sloan offers more NBA experience with five seasons under his belt. He can also score and would provide insurance for backup point guard Tim Frazier, who has yet to play in the preseason due to a groin strain.

Felix, though, has been one of the most impressive reserves for the Wizards throughout the preseason. He has drawn praise from teammates and coaches for his unrelenting effort. He took a charge with less than three minutes to go in their first preseason game and on Sunday went all-out for a chasedown block with :30 on the clock in the fourth.

“He plays with maximum effort. That is his strength," head coach Scott Brooks said. "He has one way of playing, he has the play hard button and he plays it and uses it every game and he steps on the floor and does the same thing in practice, every practice he brings it. He’s given himself a good opportunity to make the team."

"He's honestly just been my favorite player this whole training camp. He goes hard at all times. He takes care of his body. He's a professional guy," Oubre said. "I'm very impressed at how hard he plays at all times. As an energy guy, when I'm on the court with him I just get a little bit more energized. We come back."

Felix has also shown flashes on offense. He had 13 points in 24 minutes on 4-of-6 shooting on Sunday. Felix's calling card, however, is his defense. And that could be an attractive quality given the Wizards' main backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks is known for his scoring. 

The Wizards have some depth at Mac's position, but they have high hopes for his future and are certainly hoping for the best with the MRI. 

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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