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John Wall reacts to Wizards game being bumped from national TV

John Wall reacts to Wizards game being bumped from national TV

Most of the time, when a person writes 'LOL' they're laughing lightheartedly. But other times, it's a deadpan way of saying 'are you f-ing kidding me?'

Take a look at this John Wall tweet and decide for youself how he meant it. 

Let's lay out this situation plainly: The Wizards originally had five nationally televised games (not counting NBA TV) on their 2016-17 schedule. Now they have just four. 

Their first was slated to be on January 11 against the Celtics, but that was bumped off ESPN in favor of Grizzlies vs. Thunder. 

To put this in perspective, OKC started out with 21 nationally televised contests while Memphis had five. Now those teams have 22 and six, respectively. 

Meanwhile Wall (23.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds) and Beal (21.8 points, 2.7 threes per game) are playing the best basketball of their careers and could both end up All-Stars. 

Wall was literally serenaded with chants of 'M-V-P!' at Verizon Center last night. 

And after stumbling out of the starting blocks, the Wizards have won seven of their last ten games and sit only a half-game outside the eighth seed of the Eastern Conference playoffs. 

Besides the Cavaliers and Raptors, there is no hotter team in the East over the last ten games. 

Speaking to The Washington Post after beating the Pacers Wednesday, Wall voiced his displeasure over the lack of national coverage (again). 

"I feel like it’s back to what I said before: If you don’t have League Pass or NBA TV, you don’t see the Wizards."

And he's starting to think that winning isn't going to make the difference. 

"I think the two years we made the playoffs and went to the second round, we come back the next year and still didn’t have that," Wall said. "I think we had maybe three or four NBA TV games."

Ultimately it's not up to NBA players to decide how many primetime games they deserve. But playing the best basketball of your life for a surging team should help you, not hurt you, right?

And in case you're wondering, you can still catch the Wizards take on the Celtics January 11 exclusively on CSN Mid-Atlantic and CSN New England.

Tune in at 7:30 p.m. for Wizards GameTime. We'll have LOTS to talk about. 

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 

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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen. 

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