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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pelicans

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pelicans

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 107-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night that are worth revisiting...

1. Bradley Beal had another huge night with 27 points (11-of-16 FG) and a season-high six rebounds. Two of those points came early in the first quarter on a dunk where the Pelicans just completely lost sight of him. Beal had a clear lane to the rim and slammed it home:

2. It wasn't long after that when Beal had another dunk. This one was with two-hands and with a bit more emphasis:

3. Those were nice, but this was the dunk of the night. John Wall drove the lane and threw it down over and around Anthony Davis, who is one of the NBA's best shot blockers:

Let's take another look at that. Notice Wall told the crowd in New Orleans to quiet down after slamming it home:

4. Okay, one more dunk. This one was by Jason Smith and it had play-by-play man Steve Buckhantz quite excited:

5. This last highlight is Wall once again beating a buzzer and making it look easy along the way. He dropped in a nice midrange jumper from the top of the key in the closing moments of the first half:

Okay, now for some internet courtesty of our @CSNWizards Twitter account. 

Beal hit a big fourth quarter shot and on his way back on defense gave a shrug, perhaps to the Wizards' bench. Whomever it was to, it was funny:

We also had some fun with Wall's poster dunk. CSN's graphics guru Mike Farrell came up with this one, putting Wall and Davis on an actual poster:

We're done with the memes. But there were two moments in our pre- and postgame shows worth sharing. First, here is Wizards Insider J. Michael getting in a pretty good shot at Wizards reporter Chris Miller, who loves DeMarcus Cousins:

And here is Miller getting J. back with a bit about his bright red shirt:

Another fun night in the world of the Wizards.

[RELATED: Takeaways from Wizards' road win over Pelicans]

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Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a nice win over the Pistons on Martin Luther King Day. 

They won't be able to celebrate for long though as they hit the road to play an extremely good Miami Heat team just a couple of weeks after the Wizards beat them without Bradley Beal. 

Can Washington shock everyone once again and continue to play their best against great teams? Here's what you need to know to watch and find out. 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami, Game 43

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. HEAT TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live 

7:30 PM: Wizards vs. Heat

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live 

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Rui Hachimura (OUT, groin), Garrison Mathews (OUT, ankle), Moe Wagner (OUT, ankle),  John Wall (OUT, Achilles)

Heat: Jimmy Butler (Day-to-day, hip), Justise Winslow (OUT, back)

 

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Why Wizards point guard Ish Smith purposefully never dunks in games

Why Wizards point guard Ish Smith purposefully never dunks in games

WASHINGTON -- Go to a Washington Wizards game these days and you may see point guard Ish Smith do many things. He has a mean crossover, is shooting threes like never before in his career and he's a blur up and down the court.

What you will basically never see Smith do is dunk. He hasn't thrown one down in a game since the 2017-18 season. He dunked twice that year, down from four times the season before and down from his career-high of eight the year before that.

Smith has basically eliminated dunking from his game. It's not that he can't, he just chooses not to. And it's for a good reason.

Now in his 10th NBA season, Smith believes the wear-and-tear that comes with dunking isn't worth it at this point.

"I'm saving my legs," he told NBC Sports Washington. "I was watching something and Steve Nash was talking about how he played when he got older - on the ground, pretty much on land. He was preserving his energy because he moved a lot, cut a lot [with] ball-handling and different things like that. I try to preserve all that."

Smith, 31, has achieved a rare level of longevity in the NBA. He went undrafted in 2010, yet has lasted a decade in the NBA as a 6-foot tall point guard. The Wizards are his 11th team, one off the NBA record.

There is an old adage in the NBA that each dunk takes a game off your career. Many things can happen when players are high up in the air and risking contact, but also the simple act of jumping and landing can take its toll on joints and ligaments.

Smith has carved out the career he has by making sacrifices, and that includes dunking. Even when he is alone on a fastbreak, he will just lay it in.

"Yeah, you get breakout layups and stuff like that," he said. "I guess because I have done it, but it's not as tempting as used to be. It's just like get these two points and get back."

When he was younger, Smith would dunk when he had the opportunity. Now he says he's kind of over it.

"I had some dunk-ons [back in the day]. But as I got older, I realized it ain't all that," he said.

Smith now prides himself on a wide array of release angles on layups around the rim. He can finish with his right and left hand, in traffic and off-balance. He can double-clutch and use the glass.

Smith has a way of sneaking under bigger defensive players and timing layups to avoid blocked shots. It's a big part of his game.

But maybe someday soon we will see Smith dunk again in a game. Perhaps he will do so, just to show everyone he's still got it.

"[I dunked] the other day when we were in Toronto, after practice," he said. "After that, I was like 'oh no, I don't know why I did that.'"

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