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Morning tip: Bradley Beal applies himself defensively, awaiting 3-point shot vs. Celtics

Morning tip: Bradley Beal applies himself defensively, awaiting 3-point shot vs. Celtics

BOSTON -- The three-point shot has evaded Bradley Beal in the postseason, though he's still averaging 23.6 points, but the defensive end is where he has made his mark in the East semifinals with the Boston Celtics.

The Wizards blew them out twice at Verizon Center to even the series at 2 and are tasked with Game 5 at TD Garden where they haven't won since April 16, 2014.

A key component has been how they've limited Isaiah Thomas, who has been held to less than 20 points in each of the last two games. With Kelly Oubre suspended for Game 4, Beal took the assignment on Thomas for most of the second half and was the most effective one-on-one defender. 

It's an aspect of Beal's game that goes overlooked because of his three-point shooting. But he's just 29.1% from long range in the postseason. He'd been 2-for-13 in Games 2 and 3 vs. Boston but shot 3-for-6 en route to 29 points in Game 4.

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Thomas was held to two points in the second half as he was harrassed by the 6-4 Beal from end to end. Beal only had one steal and no block, but that's not an indication of how a player defends individually.

"It probably does get overlooked because he's so smooth with what he does offensively. He's a gifted shooter," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "His ballhandling, his pick-and-roll game is much improved over this past season. But defensively it's not about getting steals.

"You can lead the league in steals and get two or three a game but you can be out of position 30 or 40 times a game. Brad is solid defensively. To me those are all-defensive type of players, just solid. They make the right plays and they're there for their team, there for their teammates. Brad is definitley on his way to being one of the best two-way players in the game."

Beal hasn't been flawless. In the first-round series with the Atlanta Hawks, he made a series of mistakes in rotations with his team defense. The same goes for Kelly Oubre, who at 6-7 is unique because of his 7-2 wingspan and his ability to defend point guards. 

Oubre returns for Game 5 after being suspended for one game after an altercation. He'll be available to help on Thomas, too. Oubre is more foul-prone than Beal, who doesn't reach or gamble for steals which can open up lanes to the rim if he whiffs on Thomas.

"That's something that's been a pleasant surprise with his development going forward," Brooks said of Oubre. "For years to come that can be used as a big-time asset with his length, his ability to guard point guards is huge for us."

[RELATED: Wizards exercise overwhelming size advantage]

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Troubling video of ex-NBA star Delonte West leads to suspension of Prince George's police officer

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Troubling video of ex-NBA star Delonte West leads to suspension of Prince George's police officer

A Prince George's police officer was suspended after a troubling video emerged of his interaction with former NBA player and Eleanor Roosevelt alum Delonte West handcuffed after an alleged altercation.

The disturbing video showed West handcuffed on a sidewalk after getting involved in a physical conflict with a civilian. The off-screen officer was asking West questions on what happened to the events leading to him roughed up on the side of the road. West alleges that he was approached by a man with a gun. 

Prince George's police department announced that the video was filmed by a member of their department, leading to the officer's suspension. 

"Today at 12:15 pm, we learned the video that is currently on social media depicting the male in handcuffs was recorded by a Prince George’s County Police officer. The circumstances surrounding the recording and release of that video are now the subject of an internal investigation. That officer is now suspended pending the outcome of this investigation," the department said in a release.

Another disturbing video from a bystander shows the fight between the presumed West and another unidentified man. One man was standing over the other and continuously stomping on what appears to be West.

Meanwhile, West's former teammates and coaches took to social media to express their concerns.

West played eight years in the NBA across four franchises. He played his college ball at Saint Joseph's where he was teammates with Jameer Nelson and was coached by Phil Martelli. 

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Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a nice win over the Pistons on Martin Luther King Day. 

They won't be able to celebrate for long though as they hit the road to play an extremely good Miami Heat team just a couple of weeks after the Wizards beat them without Bradley Beal. 

Can Washington shock everyone once again and continue to play their best against great teams? Here's what you need to know to watch and find out. 


What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami, Game 43

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live 

7:30 PM: Wizards vs. Heat

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live 

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk 


Wizards: Rui Hachimura (OUT, groin), Garrison Mathews (OUT, ankle), Moe Wagner (OUT, ankle),  John Wall (OUT, Achilles)

Heat: Jimmy Butler (Day-to-day, hip), Justise Winslow (OUT, back)


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