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5 (10) must-see moments from Wizards' wild win over Celtics

5 (10) must-see moments from Wizards' wild win over Celtics

We usually give you the five must-see plays or moments from each Wizards game. But here are 10 from the Washington Wizards' 123-108 win over the Boston Celtics at the Verizon Center on Tuesday night that are worth revisiting...

1. With all that led up to this game and all that happened during it, there is absolutely no way Round 3 of Wizards vs. Celtics can be summarized in just five must-see moments. This game had enough action to equal three or four games and, boy, was it fun.

First, we have to revisit the arrival videos of the Wizards showing up in all black. It was Bradley Beal's idea for the team to send a message to the Celtics by all of them wearing black. They followed suit, you could say.

Here are John Wall and Markieff Morris:

And here is the showstopper, Otto Porter, with his shades on. The Wizards locker room went nuts when he turned the corner:

2. Now, for the game itself. The Wizards didn't waste any time at all backing up their all-black stunt. They led the Celtics 33-24 at the end of the first quarter, capped by this Wall buzzer-beater:

3. Wall also beat the clock at the end of the first half with another tough play:

4. The game really heated up in the second half. On this play Wall turned on the jets and finished with a fastbreak dunk:

5. This one had the crowd going crazy. Wall did a spin and then pulled off a difficult layup to beat Jae Crowder:

6. Much was made about the animosity between both teams, especially after the two sides got into a postgame altercation in their last meeting on Jan. 11 in Boston. But the game never really got out of hand. This was the most physical play and it resulted in a technical for Morris:

7. This may have been Wall's best play of the game. He made an and-1, then kissed his bicep when sitting on the ground. His celebration had Twitter going nuts:

8. Beal was like a man possessed down the stretch of the Wizards' win. On this play he threw down one of the more emphatic dunks of his career and the Wizards' bench absolutely loved it:

9. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a fantastic game on defense, particularly in the fourth quarter when he helped limit Isaiah Thomas to just four points. But he did hit a few big shots, including this three in the fourth assisted by Wall:

10. Now, for the play of the game. Beal met Marcus Smart again at the basket and this time finished with an and-1. After he made it, he had some words for Smart:

Notice how happy Wall is after that play:

What a night at the Verizon Center.

[RELATED: Voice of NBA Jam does Wizards' intros]

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Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

Texas A&M big man Robert Williams likes potential fit with Wizards, John Wall

In terms of the needs on their roster and the guys most likely to be available when they are on the clock at No. 15 in the first round, few players in this draft class seem as obvious a fit with the Washington Wizards more than Robert Williams of Texas A&M. So, it was no surprise that he not only visited them in Washington on Monday, but received the only individual public workout they have held during this year's predraft process.

Williams could be the answer to their longstanding quest for an athletic big man. No need to bring in five other guys for the usual six-player workout when Williams deserves a longer and more extensive look than most prospects they are considering.

The 20-year-old was put through a variety of drills Monday afternoon, just days before the 2018 NBA Draft. He likes the fit with Washington, if that's how things end up sorting out.

"I definitely feel like they could use a big like me, a defensive-style athletic big like me. I definitely see myself fitting here," he said.

Williams is one of the best big men in this year's draft. He is 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds with a 7-5 wingspan. He used that length to dominate in the paint at the college level.

Williams averaged a modest 10.4 points for the Aggies in 2017-18, but also 9.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. That was his sophomore year. He averaged 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as a freshman.

He was a shot-blocking force the day he stepped on campus and believes those skills will translate to the professional ranks. In the NBA, Williams believes he can thrive because his defensive versatility will be even more valuable in a day and age where switching is paramount.

"I feel like I can guard all positions. That’s one of my biggest attributes," he said. "It’s just about embracing it, having fun stopping a guard. Once you’re comfortable with it, you can do it."

Williams may adapt to the NBA quickly on the defensive end and that's where the Wizards need help the most. They haven't had a consistent rim-protector in years. Last season, point guard John Wall led the team in blocks per game.

Offense is where the questions lie with Williams. He wasn't a big scorer in college and does not have much of an outside shot. The fact he shot just 47.1 percent from the free throw line this past season suggests he has a lot of work to do before he can stretch the floor.

Williams will need to find a niche offensively, likely as a rim-runner off pick-and-rolls. He sees a lot of potential in a possible pick-and-roll pairing with Wall.

"He’s an elite passer and an elite guard. Coming off a pick-and-roll, you have to pay attention to him as well as have to pay attention to me as well. It’s a win-win situation," Williams said.

Williams believes his offensive game will open up with more space at the NBA level. The Wizards have Wall surrounded by three-point shooters in Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris. Toss Williams into the middle and he could go to work in the paint doing the rest.

If Williams were drafted by the Wizards, he could look at Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets as a model to follow. Like Houston, the Wizards have two All-Star guards. An athletic big man who doesn't need plays run for him could be the perfect complement.

No one needs to tell Williams that, he is well-aware. He said that at nearly every stop during the predraft process Capela's name has come up.

"I knew that’s what you were going to say," Williams said to a reporter (raises hand) who asked about the Capela comparison.

Williams continued to say they are different players and it's not entirely fair to compare them. That exchange showed Williams has an edge to him, sort of like Morris. He's clearly not afraid to be honest when some players would not.

Despite downplaying the comparison, Williams can see what makes Capela successful.

"I’ve watched him. He’s a great player," Williams said. "He is around the right people. He just plays his role. He runs off a lot of screens. He gets up there and does what he has to do."

Williams is gearing up for Thursday's draft and trying to decide who he will walk the stage with, as the NBA has introduced a new tradition of each player walking with two people. He said it will likely be his mother and sister. Perhaps by the end of the night he will also walk that stage wearing a Washington Wizards hat.

For more on Williams, check out our extensive draft profile on him.

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

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Former Wizards forward arrested on armed robbery charges after stealing $100,000

Former NBA player J.J. Hickson faces charges of armed robbery after breaking into a home near Atlanta, stealing $100,000 from the house, and physically assaulting a teenager who was inside, authorities said Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Hickson, who played eight seasons in the NBA with four teams before his brief appearance in Washington, is currently being held in Coweta County Jail without bond. 

He is currently affiliated with the Lebanese Basketball League but played 15 games with the Wizards during the 2015-16 season. Hickson averaged 4.6 ppg and scored a season-high 15 points against the Nets in the penultimate game of the regular season. He has not played professionally in the United States since.  Hickson played just one season at North Carolina State before being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 19 pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.

Jimmy Yarbrough, the sheriff's spokesperson in Coweta, said that while at least two people were involved in the invasion, only Hickson is being held and charged.

According to authorities, Hickson entered through a side door, armed with a knife and his face and head covered. He was initially apprehended by another department and later transferred into the custody of Coweta County law enforcement. 

At this time in the investigation, very little detail is publicly available.

The teenage victim, whose name remains private, received medical treatment for several broken bones and is fortunately in good condition.