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John Wall sounds irritable after another high turnover game


John Wall sounds irritable after another high turnover game

The breakout year for John Wall, in an open-floor style offense that's supposed to play to his strengths, isn't happening. After his fourth game with at least six turnovers, he's averaging near career lows in assists (8.1), rebounds (3.4), foul shooting (75%) and scoring (16.7).

Tuesday's 123-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers aside, Wall appeared agitated by his latest performance in which he had 18 points, made 3 of 4 three-point shots even, but had more turnovers (eight) than assists (five). He's averaging 4.5 turnovers per game, third highest in the NBA behind Russell Westbrook (5.0) and James Harden (4.8).

"I had three careless turnovers of trying to get a man the ball," said Wall, before quickly adding, "they weren’t looking."

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Three years ago, Wall made a similar remark about having high turnovers in a game because his teammates weren't catching his passes and it led to a blowup in the trainer's room with then-center Emeka Okafor.

The Wizards trailed 62-61 at halftime despite Paul George and C.J. Miles combining to make 9 of 9 three-point shots. They had a chance to grab a lead as the Pacers committed three turnovers to start the third quarter. But after 2:15 elapsed, Wall had three turnovers, too.

The game got away from there was the Wizards, who had kept their giveaways down during their three-game winning streak, had 21. Combine these mistakes with Indiana knocking down 19 of 26 threes, there's no chance to win.

In that pivotal third quarter, Wall took just two shots and had four turnovers as they went from being down by one point to trailing by 11 entering the fourth.

"It’s been up and down. Frustrating for me," Wall said of his season that was promising after the first two games when he was dominant alongside Bradley Beal. "I think I was playing well at first today then I only had nine shots in 30 minutes. It gets frustrating but it’s all a part of me trying to make the right reads, trying to find guys. Give credit to those guys they did a great job defensively getting their hands in the air, knocking away some passes. I was trying to be aggressive. … It could’ve been a big assist night for us. We just didn’t make a lot of shots."

Wall was 5 of 9 overall shooting. Beal was 9 of 22.

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 



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