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10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 3 loss to Atlanta Hawks

10 must-see moments from Wizards' Game 3 loss to Atlanta Hawks

Here are 10 plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 116-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of their first round playoff series on Saturday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Hawks did just about everything right in Game 3 to finally get on the board and make it a 2-1 series. But early on they had a play that a lot of Wizards fans laughed at on Twitter.

Paul Millsap saved the ball, but accidentally threw it right to Dwight Howard, who was also out of bounds. Howard didn't really make an effort to get inbounds, either:

2. Late in the first quarter, John Wall started looking like himself. On this play he pulled the ball behind his back and then threw down a massive left-handed slam. Twitter went nuts with this one:

[RELATED: Howard sounds like he's studying actual MMA fighters

3. Wall finished with 29 points. Three of them came just moments after the dunk with this buzzer-beater to end the first quarter:

4. Markieff Morris had a quiet night overall with just nine points in 29 minutes, but this steal and layup was nice:

5. Wall continued making impressive highlights throughout the game. On this one he split two defenders to knock down a ridiculous circus shot:

6. Yeah, for the Wizards it was all about Wall. He didn't get much help from his teammates. Here Wall hits an and-1 jumper and gets hit in the head by Dennis Schroder in the process. Wall had some words for Schroder afterwards:

7. This was probably the lowest moment for the Wizards. Otto Porter, who has struggled this series, took a shot on a hard screen and left the game with a strained neck. Not good:

[RELATED: Porter leaves Wizards-Hawks Game 3 with injury]

8. Here's more from Wall. This is another insanely athletic and-1 on a fastbreak:

9. Rookie Tomas Satoransky got some run and pulled off a nifty pass to set up Marcin Gortat. He threw the ball between Howard's legs:

10. Bradley Beal had another off night. He scored just 12 points on 6-of-20 from the field. On this play he missed a shot, but then tipped it in himself. Nice second effort:

This was an ugly one for the Wizards. Game 4 on Monday can't come soon enough.

[RELATED: Howard sounds like he's studying actual MMA fighters]

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2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

2018 NBA Draft: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night as the newest wave of potential superstars like DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Mo Bamba and Luka Doncic enter the league. Here is everything you need to know for the big night...


When: 7 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: ESPN

Wizards draft picks: 15th overall in the first round, 44th overall in the second round

First round order:

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets
15. Washington Wizards
16. Phoenix Suns
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. San Antonio Spurs
19. Atlanta Hawks
20. Minnesota Timberwolves
21. Utah Jazz
22. Chicago Bulls
23. Indiana Pacers
24.Portland Trail Blazers
25. Los Angeles Lakers
26. Philadelphia 76ers
27. Boston Celtics
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Brooklyn Nets
30. Atlanta Hawks

Top prospects:

1. DeAndre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Marvin Bagley III, Duke
3. Luka Doncic, Slovenia
4. Jaren Jackson, Jr., Michigan State
5. Mo Bamba, Texas
6. Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri
7. Wendell Carter, Duke
8. Trae Young, Oklahoma
9. Collin Sexton, Alabama
10. Kevin Knox, Kentucky

Three things to watch...

Will Leonard get traded?

Last year's draft featured some big trades including Jimmy Butler going to the Timberwolves. This year, there seems to be at least a decent chance it happens with Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs. He wants a trade and they have been meeting with him in recent days, perhaps for a last-ditch pitch to remain with the team. If he gets dealt on draft night, it wouldn't be a huge surprise.

Who will the Kings pick?

A consensus has built for Ayton to go No. 1 to the Suns. After that, it's a major crapshoot and whomever the Kings select will produce a domino effect from there on down. Will they take Bagley, the safe pick, or go a riskier route with Doncic or maybe even Porter, Jr.? The best bet at this point appears to be Bagley, but nobody truly knows.

Where will Young and Porter, Jr. go?

The two most interesting prospects in this draft are Young and Porter, Jr. Young was a sensation in college basketball, but is undersized and appears to be boom-or-bust. He could flame out quickly at the next level or be some iteration of the next Stephen Curry. Porter, Jr. played only three games in college due to a back injury and now has hip issues as well. His talent is undeniable, but his injury history represents significant risk.


2018 NBA Draft Preview Series

Wizards Draft Profiles

-- Keita Bates Diop, SG/SF, Ohio State 

-- Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State (VIDEO)

-- Troy Brown, SG/SF, Oregon

-- Donte DiVincenzo, SG, Villanova 

-- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG/SG, Kentucky (VIDEO)

-- Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA (VIDEO)

-- Kevin Huerter, SG/SF, Maryland (VIDEO)

-- Chandler Hutchinson, SG/SF, Boise State 

-- Kevin Knox, PF, Kentucky (VIDEO)

-- Jerome Robinson, SG, Boston College (VIDEO)

-- Mitchell Robinson, C, Western Kentucky (VIDEO)

-- Landry Shamet, PG/SG, Wichita State (VIDEO)

-- Anfernee Simons, PG/SG, IGM Academy (Fl.) (VIDEO)

-- Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech (VIDEO)

-- Khyri Thomas, SG, Creighton (VIDEO)

-- Gary Trent Jr., SG/SF, Duke (VIDEO)

-- Moritz Wagner, PF/C, Michigan (VIDEO)

-- Lonnie Walker IV, SG, Miami (VIDEO)

-- Robert Williams, PF/C, Texas A&M (VIDEO)

NBA Player Comparisons

-- Miles Bridges, Draymond Green?

-- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dejounte Murray?

-- Zhaire Smith, J.R. Smith or Gerald Green?

-- Robert Williams, Kenyon Martin?


For more on the NBA Draft, check out our preview special episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

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2018 NBA Draft: A list of Green Room attendees

The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.

  • Miles Bridges, Michigan State
  • Mikal Bridges, Villanova
  • Marvin Bagley III, Duke
  • Mohamed Bamba, Texas
  • Collin Sexton, Alabama
  • Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
  • Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
  • Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
  • Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
  • Aaron Holiday, UCLA
  • Deandre Ayton, Arizona
  • Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
  • Luka Doncic, Slovenia
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
  • Kevin Knox, Kentucky
  • Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Trae Young, Oklahoma
  • Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
  • Jerome Robinson, Boston College

There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.