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John Wall to miss Game 2 versus Hawks


John Wall to miss Game 2 versus Hawks

After injuring his left wrist in Game 1, Wizards point guard John Wall will miss Game 2 against the Hawks in Atlanta. 

X-rays of the wrist showed no broken bones, but it looked badly swollen earlier Tuesday.

The announcement came one hour before Tuesday' matchup in Atlanta, after two days of rest, rehab and wondering, and not long after Wizards coach Randy Wittman informed the media that everyone was available.

Wall tested his injured wrist during warm-ups, but the results were apparently unfavorable. Here is a look at the state of the hand pregame:

(Photo via CSN screenshot)

The decision is prudent. Washington's 104-98 victory on Sunday stole home court advantage away from Atlanta, the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Game 3 takes place Saturday at Verizon Center, meaning Wall will have five days of rest between games.

Ramon Sessions will replace Wall in the starting lineup. Sessions started three games late in the season as Wall and other starters rested before the playoffs. The veteran scored five points in Washington's 104-98 victory.

Wall orchestrates the offense for the Wizards with his passing, vision, speed and playmaking. Sessions can run the offense, but his strength lies in attacking the rim. 

Garrett Temple and Will Bynum, who was inactive for Game 1, will move up in the rotation. Temple's length can help defensively. Bynum's reputation is that of an instant offense type scorer.

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Wizards have talked to the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard, report says


Wizards have talked to the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard, report says

After already making significant changes to their roster, the Wizards may not be done this offseason, as they have been in talks with the San Antonio Spurs about a potential trade for superstar Kawhi Leonard, according to a new report by ESPN

Read this from Adrian Wojnarowski:

Still, the bidding war among Boston, Philadelphia and the Lakers never materialized. The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto and Washington are among teams who've talked with San Antonio, league sources said.

The Wizards certainly make sense as a Leonard suitor. They are in the East, meaning the Spurs could trade Leonard to them and not have to worry about facing him as often. Plus, they have a solid group of tradeable assets and ones that seem to fit the Spurs model.

Otto Porter is a versatile, young player under team control who plays an unselfish style and would likely embrace playing in a small market. He also has a salary ($26M in 2018-19) that isn't far off from Leonard's ($21M in 2018-19), so the money could be easily matched.

The Wizards also have Tomas Satoransky and Kelly Oubre, Jr., two young and up-and-coming players. Plus, they have draft picks, though ones that are unlikely to convey as lottery selections.

The Spurs have reportedly been more interested in getting players that can help now rather than draft picks to rebuild. That makes sense, as they still won 47 games last year despite Leonard only playing in nine of them due to injury.

The question in any Wizards and Spurs talks would be whether they would want one of Washington's All-Stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal. It would be tough to imagine the Wizards parting with either guy for Leonard, who carries some risk not only because of his quadriceps injury but also because he can opt out of his contract and leave after next season.

Just because the Wizards have talked to the Spurs doesn't mean they are serious contenders for Leonard, but it does show they are serious about improving their roster this summer. If they got Leonard and didn't part with Wall and Beal, that would be some team.




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John Wall loves him some Bill Nye the Science Guy and so do Josh Norman and Wale

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John Wall loves him some Bill Nye the Science Guy and so do Josh Norman and Wale

The 2018 MLB All-Star celebrity softball game produced an unlikely friendship, one between an NBA superstar and one of the world's most famous scientists.

Perhaps friendship is a strong word, but for whatever reason, Wizards All-Star guard John Wall loves him some Bill Nye the Science Guy.

During the game, Nye — who grew up in the D.C. area and is a Nationals fan — poked and infield single and Wall celebrated like Kelly Oubre, Jr. just threw down a windmill dunk. He ran out to first base to congratulate Nye, who, at 62 years old can apparently still swing a bat.

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and rapper Wale joined Wall to celebrate:

Perhaps Wall was caught up in the absurdity of the entire event, which is by all means absurd. Wall was on a team with Nye, Tim Kurkjian, Jennie Finch, Andre Dawson and many other celebrities. They were playing opposite a team with Jamie Foxx and Jess Mendoza.

The whole thing was bizarrely fun and Wall and Nye's moment certainly stood out.

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