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Wizards suffer another letdown loss to a bad team, this time to the Nets

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Wizards suffer another letdown loss to a bad team, this time to the Nets

The Washington Wizards lost to the Brooklyn Nets 103-98 on Tuesday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Another bad loss: The Wizards keep letting this happen and it has to be driving head coach Scott Brooks absolutely nuts.

Once again, the Wizards lost to a team they had no business losing to. After owning the Nets (11-15) for years, Brooklyn was the aggressor all night. That was despite missing a host of regulars including Jeremy Lin, D'Angelo Russell and the newly acquired Jahlil Okafor.

The Nets trotted out a team of guys you probably have never heard of, but it didn't matter. The Wizards lost for the seventh time this season to a sub-.500 opponent. They are 9-6 against teams with .500 records or better and just 5-7 against sub-.500 teams. It's a confusing trend and it continued against the Nets.

Many on the Wizards struggled including Otto Porter (11 points, 5-for-13 FG), Markieff Morris (six points, one rebound) and Jodie Meeks (six points, 2-for-9 FG). Bradley Beal had 28 points but shot 11-for-33 from the field and 0-for-7 from three. He also missed several key shots down the stretch as he attempted to shoot his way out of the slump.

One big mistake with 8.8 seconds left really hurt the Wizards. Point guard Tomas Satoransky turned the ball over on a five-second violation before he passed it in to Beal. The Wizards didn't even get a chance tie when they were down three at the time.

The Wizards are now 4-5 without John Wall since he had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee. They are 5-6 without him this season overall.

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Morris keeps struggling: Something seems up with Morris. After going off for 21 points and six rebounds against the Suns two games ago, he's been missing in action the last two outings. He had just two points vs. the Clippers on Saturday and followed that up with another stinker against the Nets.

Morris managed only six points and one rebound in 18 minutes. We know he's been dealing with some discomfort in his left ankle dating back to the Wizards' playoff series against the Celtics in April, even Morris would say that doesn't explain it all. He's in a funk and there's no clear answer for why.

Mahinmi, Wall out: The Wizards were without Wall for the ninth straight game on Tuesday, as he continues to recover from his left knee injury. They were also without Ian Mahinmi, who missed his first game of the season due to a right knee strain. It's unclear how serious Mahinmi's injury is, but right as they are about to get Wall back they have a new knee injury to worry about.

Smith got some run: With Mahinmi out, Brooks turned to Jason Smith as he's been prone to over the last two seasons when one of his big men is injured. And per usual, Smith made a nice impact.

There were moments where he looked rusty, but Smith put in his best game of the season. He set season-highs in points (nine), rebounds (five) and minutes (28). The bench overall was a relative positive, as they managed 43 points. They also outrebounded the starters with 29 of the team's 49 boards.

Up next: After a five-game road trip, the Wizards finally return home on Wednesday to host the Memphis Grizzlies, possibly with Wall in the lineup. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

The 2018 NBA All-Star starters have been announced with few surprises based on the previous updates we saw from fan voting, which account for 50 percent of the equation. The other 50 percent is split by players and media.

I had the honor of filling out one of the media ballots before the Jan. 15 deadline and in interest of transparency, here is how I voted with some brief reasoning for why:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics

Irving is the best player on the top team in the conference. He is scoring like he always has, but is now expanding his game under coach Brad Stevens.

G Bradley Beal, Wizards

Beal has turned into one of the best scorers in the NBA and now does so many more things. It wasn't an easy pick between him, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall and Victor Oladipo, but Beal has been so valuable to the Wizards this season with Wall missing extended time that he got the nod.

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F LeBron James, Cavs

LeBron remains the best player in basketball and is having one of his best seasons at the age of 33. It's incredible to watch and he is deserving of the most votes.

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis is a bonafide star and is among the most versatile players in the NBA with how he can affect the game on both ends of the floor. Even without a three-point shot, he's completely unstoppable on offense.

F Joel Embiid, Sixers

Embiid is proving he can stay on the court (for the most part) and is putting up crazy numbers. Kristaps Porzingis and others got consideration for this spot, but Embiid edged them out with his rebounding.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder

His scoring is down from last season, but Westbrook tops the NBA in assists per game and things are starting to click in Oklahoma City with him leading the way.

G James Harden, Rockets

The NBA's leading scorer, Harden is still putting up insane numbers despite co-existing with another star guard in Chris Paul. And the Rockets are really, really good.

F Kevin Durant, Warriors

The best player on the league's best team, Durant is currently fifth in points per game and tied for third in blocks. He is incredibly efficient and does so many things well.

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Davis continues to put up impressive numbers, but he's now more efficent than ever. The Pelicans are currently sixth in the West, too.

F Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Towns has become almost underrated with all the attention placed on other young stars in the league, but he's as good as any of them. Big KAT has the T'Wolves on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

The NBA announced the starters for next month's 2018 All-Star Game and once again LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the top vote-getter.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors was second in votes, meaning he and James will serve as captains and pick teams for the Feb. 18 showcase.

Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal of the Wizards made the cut as starters, so they will have to hope to make it as reserves by NBA coaches. The full rosters are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

For the starters, fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote with players and media each representing 25 percent. 

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Here are the starters from each conference. Keep in mind these groups will be split up once the captains pick their teams:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics -- 2,170,833 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G DeMar DeRozan, Raptors -- 998,999 fan votes (4th)

F LeBron James, Cavs -- 2,638,294 fan votes (14th)

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks -- 2,530,211 fan votes (2nd)

F Joel Embiid, Sixers -- 1,285,587 fan votes (1st)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Stephen Curry, Warriors -- 2,379,494 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G James Harden, Rockets -- 1,486,830 fan votes (6th)

F Kevin Durant, Warriors -- 2,238,406 fan votes (9th)

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans -- 1,088,230 fan votes (4th)

F DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans -- 922,269 fan votes (4th)

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