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Wizards guard Tim Frazier has confidence in Sheldon Mac after his own Achilles tear

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Wizards guard Tim Frazier has confidence in Sheldon Mac after his own Achilles tear

Many in the Wizards organization were saddened by the season-ending injury to Sheldon Mac on Sunday, knowing it's a major setback for a well-liked guy who is trying to carve a niche for himself in the NBA. For point guard Tim Frazier, it all hit very close to home.

Frazier and Mac are both from Houston, Tx. and because of that held an instant connection when Frazier was traded to Washington. They were in contact all offseason, even checking in on each other after Hurricane Harvey in August. 

Frazier can also relate to Mac now on a different level than most. He too tore his Achilles once, back in college when he was at Penn State. He has since made it back to find lasting power in the NBA, exactly what Mac would like for himself.

"He's tough," Frazier said. "He will be able to bounce back. I was. You hear stories all the time like Kobe [Bryant], Rudy Gay right now, guys tearing their Achilles and coming back. Sheldon is going to do the same. He is going to work his tail off to get back and help us as much as possible. It's very unfortunate."

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Mac, 24, hurt himself making a move towards the basket in the first half of the Wizards' win over the Cavaliers. He pushed off on his left foot, only to tear the tendon and lose his balance while dribbling.

The rest of the Wizards team met him at halfcourt as he writhed in pain. Mac was then lifted off the ground by trainers and into the locker room. Frazier, having been in that spot before, had a feeling it was the Achilles.

"I knew after he talked to me and told me the symptoms at halftime," Frazier said. "Obviously, for me to see it, I knew it because it happened to me. You kind of shed a tear because he was playing so well and had worked so hard all summer. But everything happens for a reason and he'll bounce back strong."

Frazier missed his the majority of the 2012-13 season when in college. He tore his Achilles in the fourth game of his junior season. Frazier returned for his senior year after a medical redshirt season and put up numbers good enough to sign with the Boston Celtics as an undrafted free agent.

Frazier knows Mac can battle through this as well. The key, he says, will be remaining patient.

"That's the biggest piece, the mental piece. Your body can heal up well and the trainers will do their job in getting you back," he explained. "It's the mental piece in going through the surgery and the pain, learning how to walk all over again. Then, when you get back on the court, it's the mental aspect of getting over it. Doing the same things that you were able to do. He's athletic. He's got one of the best stepbacks I have seen in our camp. I went through the injury and it's healed now."

Mac is unlikely to return to the Wizards this season with a recovery timeline of six to eight months. In the meantine, the Wizards' final roster spot will come down to guards Carrick Felix and Donald Sloan. Like always, it's next man up.

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Wizards storm back, but lose to Heat as Bradley Beal's final shot rims out

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Wizards storm back, but lose to Heat as Bradley Beal's final shot rims out

The Washington Wizards lost the Miami Heat 91-88 on Friday night at Capital One Arena. Here's analysis of what went down...

Burn the tape: After holding on to win in Miami on Wednesday, the Wizards knew it would be a difficult task beating the Heat twice in a span of three days. Sure enough, the Heat played much better and the Wizards, well, they played much worse.

Despite winning on Wednesday, the third quarter was the Wizards' worst of the season. On Friday, they had their worst half in several years. They managed just 29 points, their lowest since they scored 27 against the Warriors on March 23, 2015. It was the second-lowest points for any NBA team in a half this season. The Heat held the Jazz to 25 in a half on Nov. 10.

The Wizards couldn't get shots to fall and didn't have their usual pace and movement on offense. They shot just 38.1 percent for the game and 28.6 for three. They went 0-for-13 from three in the first half. They will want to move past this one very quickly.

The Wizards were down as much as 25 points and stormed back to make it a one-point game with 11.3 seconds left. Bradley Beal, though, missed a shot that would have tied the game in the closing seconds when they were down two.

The Wizards dropped to 9-6 on the year with the loss. On the bright side, the Wizards have kept their opponents to under 100 points in each of those games, their longest such streak since 2015.

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Wall was way off: Friday was an off-night for John Wall that you rarely see. He went scoreless in the first three quarters and didn't score his first points until he got a three to go down with 5:25 left in the fourth. Wall finished 3-for-12 from the field and finished with eight points and eight assists.

Wall was not his usual self in many ways. He wasn't alone, as many guys shot poorly, but Wall is one of the most consistent players in the NBA.

The Heat did a good job of preventing dribble penetration and stopping Wall on the fastbreak. That's how he generates a lot of his offense and credit to Miami for taking it away.

Beal woke up late: Beal had the best night of anyone on the Wizards, but it didn't start out that way. He had just six points midway through the third quarter before he got going. Once he did, there wasn't much the Heat could do to stop him.

Beal almost singlehandedly made this a game with a barrage of threes at the end of the third quarter. He hit three of them and two of them were right in the faces of Heat players guarding him.

This was his best three during that sequence:

Beal ended up with 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting.

Smith played for a change: With the Wizards down double digits in the third quarter, head coach Scott Brooks turned to a guy we haven't seen much from this year. Yes, Jason Smith finally got some burn.

Smith hadn't played in three straight games and had logged just 12 total minutes in the last seven. But he provided instant energy like he usually does. Smith converted an and-1 in the third quarter and came back with a layup in the fourth on a goaltending call. 

Smith didn't exactly shut down Hassan Whiteside (22 points, 16 rebounds), but the Wizards' other bigs didn't have much luck either.

Up next: The Wizards are off Saturday before hitting the road. They first stop in Toronto for a 3:30 game on Sunday. They play the Bucks in Milwaukee the next day in their first back-to-back set of the 2017-18 season. Both games are on NBC Sports Washington.

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NBA 2K18 has Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s famous dab celebration and it's amazing

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NBA 2K18 has Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s famous dab celebration and it's amazing

What separates 2K Sports from its competitors is their attention to detail. Year after year, they get right things that other video game companies don't even consider.

The level of detail in 2K sports games allows for some Easter eggs, if you will, for gamers to find and one Wizards fan found an amazing one involving Kelly Oubre, Jr.

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Before every game Oubre dabs his way to the court extremely aggressively, to the point where he jumps in the air:

Now Oubre does it in video game form:

That's just great and of course Wizards fans are loving it on social media. Bravo, 2K Sports.

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