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Brandon Jennings and Kelly Oubre, Jr. are the Wizards' 'two crazy dudes'

Brandon Jennings and Kelly Oubre, Jr. are the Wizards' 'two crazy dudes'

Brandon Jennings had a feeling when he saw Kelly Oubre, Jr. get ejected in the second quarter of Game 3 against the Celtics that he would follow a similar fate. It was just that type of game and Jennings is no stranger to conflict.

"Kelly's my young boy, so it's kind of like: when Kelly gets kicked out, I'm probably next," Jennings said. "Probably the organization is like 'Listen man, we've got these two crazy dudes coming off the bench and we don't know which one is gonna get kicked out tonight.' I just like to bring physical play. I like to get into guys mentally."

Oubre didn't expect Jennings to later get tossed. But in hindsight, he can't say he was surprised.

"That's my brother. It's kind of like we are on the same string some times. Third quarter, I took a shower because it was intermission and I came out the shower and he was just sitting there at his locker. I'm like, 'Oh, you too, bro?' It was one of those moments, one of those bro moments."

[RELATED: Jennings on his ejection vs. Celtics, getting inside Rozier's head]

Jennings, who was ejected for a confrontation with Terry Rozier, loved the intensity he saw from Oubre, who was tossed for pushing Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk to the ground. Despite the fact Oubre had to leave and could be suspended, Jennings thinks there was a positive effect to the move.

"It definitely sent a message to them," Jennings said.

And Jennings, for one, thinks Olynyk sold it to the referees.

"I think a lot of it was flop, though. He really did flop it," he said.

Oubre is likely to be fined as well for what he did and Jennings joked about that the day after.

"Was it worth it? I don't know, depending on what that fine is gonna look like. It definitely sent a message aggressively," he said.

[RELATED: Oubre: 'Recurring events' led to blowup in Game 3 with Olynyk]

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Rui Hachimura flattered by praise from LeBron James, is focused on playoffs

Rui Hachimura flattered by praise from LeBron James, is focused on playoffs

WASHINGTON -- LeBron James may not be the best player in the NBA anymore, but no one in today's game can match his legacy. He's probably a top-five player in league history and he's still one of the faces of the league.

So, his opinion carries a little bit of weight and last weekend James had some really nice things to say about Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura. James called him "really talented" and said "I think he's going to be a really, really good player in our league."

That, understandably, made an impact on Hachimura, who is only 22 years old with 30 NBA games under his belt.

"I'm happy to see a guy like that [say that]. He's a legend," Hachimura said. "But I want to improve more on a lot of things. I'm not done yet. I'm a rookie and I'm still learning a lot of things. This is my first year. I want to work hard more and win for this team."

That's a solid answer. Hachimura knows he has a long way to go to accomplish what he hopes to achieve in the NBA.

One of his goals, though, he feels the Wizards can reach quite soon. They are ninth in the East and three games back in the playoff race, but Hachimura thinks they can get there.

"I think we can make it. March is a hard schedule, but if we improve our defense we will have a good chance to make the playoffs," he said.

Hachimura has already shown a knack for doing things before they are expected. He's taken to the NBA very quickly and already has James singing his praise. The playoffs would be just another example.

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John Wall says sitting out season was always the plan, but Wizards can make playoffs

John Wall says sitting out season was always the plan, but Wizards can make playoffs

WASHINGTON -- Several of John Wall's favorite things collided on Thursday night at the Lucky Strike bowling alley in Northwest D.C. as the Wizards hosted a charity event for local kids.

Wall likes giving back, behind around his teammates and he absolutely loves to bowl. Wall, in fact, bowls "at least three times a week" and is having a lane built inside his house. He said one of the most "miserable" parts of his injury rehab was the early going when he wasn't allowed to bowl.

Now Wall can bowl all he wants and he can even practice with the team. But his return is still expected to be months away, at the start of next season.

Wall addressed the media and explained how he has not struggled with that decision, to take a year off, despite having now not played in an NBA game for almost 14 months.

"That was my plan from the start," he said. "Just going through the whole process and seeing what my friend DeMarcus [Cousins] had gone through coming back early. They say after a year you're clear, but it takes almost a year-and-a-half to get full strength and everything back."

Wall is pleased with his progress so far. He has been seen doing all sorts of basketball activities in social media videos from dunking to running, to playing in scrimmages. But he insists he isn't all the way back yet, despite how healthy he may look in those clips.

"I'll find my way when the time is right," he said. "The power and the strength and the adrenaline and the stamina; I don't have that yet. That's what I'm trying to get to."

Wall had surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon on Feb. 12 of last year. He has not played in an NBA game since Dec. 26 of 2018, having first had a procedure to remove bone spurs in his heel.

He's had a lot of time to sit and watch and he doesn't seem to be in too much of a rush to change that, which is good news for the Wizards and their medical staff. Wall believes the Wizards may even be able to make the playoffs without him this season.

"They have a shot, maybe not an easy shot. But they have a chance," he said.

The Wizards are currently ninth in the East and three games back of the final playoff spot. They won't have Wall to help them, but he thinks they can close the gap.

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