Wizards

Quick Links

Markieff Morris on Wizards' veterans: 'Wall is the voice and I'm like the muscle'

Markieff Morris on Wizards' veterans: 'Wall is the voice and I'm like the muscle'

The Wizards practiced what they have been preaching for weeks on Thursday night in their 92-85 win over the Denver Nuggets. For one night, there were no complaints about their focus and effort on the defensive end. It's a subject that John Wall and Scott Brooks, in particular, have harped on recently.

Wall himself saw improvement, afterwards saying: "I think we just played harder in the second half, that's the reason we came out with a win."

The Wizards saw against the Nuggets what can happen if they lock down on defense despite not having a great shooting night. The Wizards scored just 92 points and at times were cold on the offensive end. They shot just 36.5 percent in the first quarter.

"We've talked about us not playing hard, but it's really about being in the right spots," forward Markieff Morris said. "Some nights guys are just not gonna have it and other guys have to step up. That's what a team is."

While on the subject, Morris further discussed how the Wizards veteran core helps hold the team accountable. Brooks said earlier on Thursday that he likes seeing players communicate their differences and Morris considers himself a part of the leadership structure in a very specific way.

"It's a collective group. We're kind of a relatively young team. So, it's like Wall is the voice and I'm like the muscle. What he says, I will press it to them. Him and [Bradley] Beal, they're the leaders of the team and we just go as they go," Morris said.

"We talk about accountability all the time. At the end of the day, this is your job. You've gotta come to work just like everybody else. That's what you've gotta do on great teams is hold everybody accountable. Everybody's gotta do their job."

[RELATED: 5 MUST-SEE MOMENTS FROM WIZARDS' WIN OVER NUGGETS]

Quick Links

2020 NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest news, reports and rumors

2020 NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: Latest news, reports and rumors

Just beyond midway through the NBA season, the NBA trade deadline has come into view. Several teams will get the opportunity to go all-in on this season while others will have the opportunity to sell-off assets and re-tool for the future. 

With this NBA season as open as ever, this could be the lone chance for a team to attempt to make a push. 

The Miami Heat are all of a sudden contenders and maybe one or two pieces away from playing late into the playoffs. While they have a decent group of young players, their immediate future could be in question. They're not the only ones as the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets are competing for the top spots in the Western Conference as well. 

On the flip side, there are teams with big contracts not going anywhere. Kevin Love, paired with his discontent in Cleveland, is likely on the market. Andre Drummond is one of the most dominant post players in the game, but he is making $27 million on a team that is not making the playoffs and are aging quickly. And there is Andre Iguodala sitting in Memphis, doing nothing. 

Every year the NBA Trade Deadline never fails to disappoint. More often than not, it doesn't push a team over the edge to a championship, but it sure is fun for the rest of us. 

This year, the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline is Thursday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

NBA Deadline Tracker: 

Jan. 21 - After initially be open to several trade options, the Pelicans have "pulled back in their trade talks among all of their players." New Orleans is waiting to see how Zion Williamson bolsters their team that is still in the playoff picture, according to Adrian Wojnarowski

Jan. 20 - The Lakers and 76ers have expressed interest in trading for current Detroit Piston and former league MVP Derrick Rose, Chris Haynes reports.

Jan. 18 - TRADE - The Portland Trail Blazers trade Kent Bazemore, Anthony  Tolliver and two second-round draft picks to the Sacramento Kings for Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel and Caleb Swanigan, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jan. 16 - Moving Jeff Teague may have been the first domino for the Timberwolves. Minnesota is now trying to acquire D'Angelo Russell from the Warriors to fill in his space, according to The Athletic.

Jan. 16 - TRADE - Jeff Teague is leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves after being traded to the Atlanta Hawks. He and Treveon Graham head to Atlanta as Allen Crabbe goes to Minnesota, according to Adrian Wojnarowski

Quick Links

Emma Meesseman posts an incredibly efficient game in the Euroleague, scoring 20 points in 21 minutes

Emma Meesseman posts an incredibly efficient game in the Euroleague, scoring 20 points in 21 minutes

Emma Meesseman is a walking bucket. She proved it in the WNBA Finals and is continuing to score in bunches in the EuroLeague. 

Playing for UMMC Ekaterinburg, Meesseman went off again. Shooting an incredible 9-for-11 from the field (82%), she posted 20 points in 21 minutes during their win over ZVVZ USK Praha.

Just take a glimpse of Meesseman's highlights from that game. She got her shot to go from every corner of the court. 

The win moved UMMC Ekaterinburg (10-1) to the top of Pool A of the EuroLeague and Meesseman has been a huge part of it. Throughout the season, she's averaged 15 points, shooting 67% from the field and 64% from 3-point range. 

Meesseman just recently won the WNBA Finals MVP award for the Washington Mystics last season. In the WNBA Finals, she posted nearly 18 points a game coming off the bench to lead the team. 

Other WNBA stars Courtney Vandersloot, Brittney Griner and Jonquel Jones also play with Meesseman on the same team. 

MORE MYSTICS NEWS: