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Former Wizards player Paul Pierce retires from NBA after legendary career

Former Wizards player Paul Pierce retires from NBA after legendary career

A legendary NBA career came to a close on Sunday afternoon, as Paul Pierce retired following his Clippers's elimination from the NBA Playoffs when they lost Game 7 to the Utah Jazz.

Pierce, 39, calls it a career after 18 NBA seasons. He was a 10-time All-Star, made four All-NBA teams and won a championship in 2008. The future Hall of Famer made his name with the Boston Celtics where he played 15 seasons. Pierce went on to play for the Nets, Wizards and Clippers.

Pierce's last good season was in Washington when he averaged 11.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in 73 games. It was just one year, but Pierce provided many lasting memories, most notably his buzzer-beater in Game 3 of their second round series against the Hawks. Pierce hit the game-winner, then proclaimed during a walkoff interview with ESPN: "I called game."

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks destroy Wizards' mascot G-Wiz in WWE title match

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks destroy Wizards' mascot G-Wiz in WWE title match

Before the Wizards faced off with the best team in the NBA Monday night, the Bucks tried to send a message ahead of pregame intros. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, joined by Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews and a number of his Bucks teammates, challenged Wizards mascot G-Wiz to a title fight in the tunnel, and it did not go well for the latter. 

G-Wiz was outnumbered 4-to-1. He didn't have a chance, not to mention the fact that Antetokounmpo performed an egregiously illegal move by smashing G-Wiz in the face with the championship belt. The reigning NBA MVP should have been disqualified immediately. 

The Bucks have had plenty of time to practice for this day too. Before every game this year, Milwaukee holds intrasquad wrestling matches to get themselves ready for tip-off.

It's unclear how much preparation G-Wiz went through with Wizards players prior to this game. 

Hopefully the Bucks will arrange a fair rematch the next time they come to town. The odds were stacked heavily against G-Wiz in this one and Wizards fans should be furious. 

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Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans out vs. Bucks with right knee injury

Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans out vs. Bucks with right knee injury

WASHINGTON -- The Wizards will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night without their best shooter and second-leading scorer, as forward Davis Bertans will sit due to right knee soreness. 

Head coach Scott Brooks revealed the news during his pregame press conference and explained it was precautionary in part because the Wizards were playing games on back-to-back nights.

"We want to be safe. Nothing serious," Brooks said. "Hopefully he will feel better tomorrow."

Brooks said Bertans first started feeling discomfort before Sunday's loss in Chicago. Bertans then played 37 minutes in the game, which Brooks admitted was more than the team had planned.

Bertans could return as soon as Wednesday when the Wizards host the Brooklyn Nets, Brooks said. But they will certainly miss him against the Bucks, who at 48-8 hold the best record in the NBA. Milwaukee doesn't have many weaknesses, but three-point defense happens to be one of them.

Bertans, 27, is averaging 15 points per game this season while shooting 42.2 percent from long range. With him out of the rotation, expect more minutes to go to Troy Brown Jr. and Isaac Bonga. Jerome Robinson could also play more in small lineups.

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