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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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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:

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3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.

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On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

John Wall spoke at length over the summer about race relations in the United States following the violence in Charlottesville in August orchestrated by white supremacists.

Following the Wizards' game against the Bucks on Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, Wall was asked about the subject again.

Wall does not believe improvements have made in the last few months with President Donald Trump in office and he wonders how King would react if he were alive to see the current state of America.

"I think he still wouldn't be satisfied. We're still dealing with it. I think it got better for a little period of time, but with the new president we have I think things are going backwards. We've been dealing with it the last couple of years. There are some things we still need to figure out," Wall said.

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The Wizards play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every year and Wizards players cherish the tradition. It is not lost on Wall that he plays in Washington, D.C. where King made his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech and led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

“That’s just an honor and a blessing," Wall said.

"We are all still sticking to what he had with this dream, and we are just trying to get everything to be right with it. To be able to play in this city is an honor."

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Wall says he tries to embody King's dream in his own life. King helped lead the civil rights movement that paved the way for equal rights and Wall, an African-American, has much to thank for those who fought. Every American does.

Wall says he wants to make King proud.

“I just hope that he appreciates what I’m doing. I’m doing myself very well. I hope he’s thankful for what I’m doing. I’m striving to be a better African-American athlete, and just as a person first of all – I think that’s the most important thing," he said.

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