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5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Celtics in Game 2

5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Celtics in Game 2

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 129-119 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of their playoff series that are worth revisiting...

1. Markieff Morris said at Monday's practice that he planned to ask Al Horford whether the play that hurt Morris in Game 1 was intentional. Well, Morris did that right before the game tipped off and he also gave him a little shove out of bounds just minutes later.

Twitter went nuts with this one, of course. And Horford just happened to fall right at the feet of Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis:

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2. Despite being a gametime decision with a sprained left ankle, Morris came through in a big way with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. He couldn't miss in the first half, but his nicest play was an assist to Marcin Gortat:

Morris was doing his best John Wall impression:

[RELATED: Breaking down the Horford-Morris beef on Wizards Overtime]

3. Morris pushing Horford wasn't the only time this game got chippy. Otto Porter's nose gushed blood after Porter and Isaiah Thomas banged heads on accident:

Soon after that Thomas and Morris got into it, with Morris pushing Thomas away. Both were given technicals:

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4. This play was the missed opportunity that the Wizards will look back on with regret. Wall missed a go-ahead shot attempt, then Bradley Beal missed a potential buzzer-beater. Both had good looks and Beal was wide open. He didn't even come close:

5. That led to overtime where the Wizards were outscored 15-5. Thomas ended up with 53 points, including three on this three-point play which proved to be a dagger:

Now the Wizards are in an 0-2 hole. Game 3 is on Thursday.

[RELATED: VIDEO: Celtics' Thomas on playing on his late sister's birthday]

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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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