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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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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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