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5 (10) must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Cavs

5 (10) must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Cavs

Here are five - or, actually 10 - plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 140-135 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at the Verizon Center that are worth revisiting...

1. This game was one of the wildest that the Wizards have played in a long, long time, one that head coach Scott Brooks described as "an instant classic." The Wizards and Cavs traded blow after blow through 53 minutes and Cleveland needed some miracle shots to emerge with the victory. There were far too many moments to go with the usual five, so we picked 10 of them. 

The entertainment started early with this dunk by LeBron James on a fastbreak. He soared over Markieff Morris and finished with two hands. Morris even lost his shoe on the play:

2. John Wall had a big dunk of his own soon after. Wall drove and finished with his left hand, as he is prone to do:

 

3. Jason Smith brought some energy off the Wizards' bench with four points and four rebounds in his first five minutes. He also had this block, which set Wizards Twitter on fire:

4. LeBron set a career-high with 17 assists in the game. This was his best, a perfectly-thrown pass to Kevin Love, who drained a corner three:

5. Bradley Beal has gotten good at stepback jumpers and on this one sent Iman Shumpert to the X-ray room with an ankle injury:

6. Beal wasn't done there. He ended up with 41 points, including three on this play:

Check the celebration. Beal was feeling it:

7. This was the play you will probably see over and over for the next 24 hours. With his team down three late in the fourth, LeBron banked in an impossible fadeaway three to tie it and send the game to overtime:

8. The reactions from Wizards fans to that shot perfectly encapsulated the moment:

9. Wall hit some big shots of his own, including this and-1 with 1:37 left in overtime. Once he got up, he did Isaiah Thomas' celebration, pointing to his watch:

10. James ended up fouling out just :47 seconds into overtime. But unfortunately for the Wizards, Kyrie Irving then stepped up and took over. He hit a huge three-pointer to push Cleveland over the top. It was in nearly the same spot he knocked down his famous shot in Game 7 of the NBA Finals:

Now, for some memes on your way out:

The Wizards' 17-game home winning streak came to an end on Monday night. Next up is the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday night on CSN.

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76ers' Ben Simmons diagnosed with partial dislocation of the left kneecap

76ers' Ben Simmons diagnosed with partial dislocation of the left kneecap

After exiting the 76ers-Wizards matchup early Wednesday night, Ben Simmons was diagnosed with subluxation of the left patella on Thursday.

Simmons left the game during the third quarter and did not return. The injury occurred after he grabbed an offensive rebound and dribbled to the corner to pass to Al Horford in the post. Following the play, he began flexing his left leg and left for the locker room. Simmons was seen walking gingerly in street clothes minutes later.  

Before leaving the game, Simmons recorded eight points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

Simmons’ diagnosis of a partially dislocated kneecap leaves him out indefinitely as he and the team consider treatment options. He has already been ruled out of Philadelphia’s game against the Orlando Magic on Friday. However, his MRI showed no ligament damage in the knee, which leaves him optimistic to return later in the playoffs.

His knee injury is not the only injury Simmons has had to overcome this season. He also missed the final eight games before the NBA’s hiatus with a nerve impingement in his lower back, but fully recovered before the restart began.

Playing without an All-Star player will be a challenge for Philadelphia, but the team has proven successful thus far in Orlando. The Sixers have gone 2-1 in the bubble and currently trail the Indiana Pacers by one game for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and are two games behind the Miami Heat for fourth. 

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Kevin Durant gives his NBA Finals predictions

Kevin Durant gives his NBA Finals predictions

While a number of teams are fighting to be the favorite heading into the NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers picked up a key endorsement from Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant.

When asked who he thought will win it all this year, Durant chose the Clippers defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals and upsetting the No. 1 seed Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. 

"They're just so deep," Durant said of the Clippers on “Play For Keeps” podcast. "They haven't had their whole team together at once for a long period of time yet, and that talent is just undeniable. When you have [Paul George] and Kawhi [Leonard] at the wings, that's what you need to win is wings. You got those two at the wings, arguably top three, top four at the wing position on one team."

So far in Orlando, the Clippers have gone 1-2 after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans and falling to the Lakers and Phoenix Suns. As of now, they hold the two-seed in the Western Conference playoff picture and would face the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. However, they are currently just a half a game ahead of the Denver Nuggets with five seeding games remaining.

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The Lakers clinched the one-seed last week and are up six games in the standings over their cross-town rivals.

ESPN’s playoff odds gave the Clippers a 10% chance of winning it all. They ranked third behind the Bucks with a 49.7% chance and the Lakers at 18.7%. 

Durant chose Los Angeles over his own team, the Brooklyn Nets, who are also in a good position to make the playoffs as the current seven-seed in the East Conference. However, the Nets are playing in Orlando without eight players including a number of starters like Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Durant, who missed the entire regular season after tearing his Achilles during the 2019 NBA Finals.

If his team retains the seven-seed heading into the playoffs, they would likely face the Toronto Raptors, who Durant projected would fall to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Finals.

But regardless of seeding, Durant acknowledged it’s still anyone’s game.

“I hate doing that s---,” he said about predicting a winner. “You never know what could happen – you seen that with us last year.”

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