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Morning tip: Garrett Temple sets example for Wizards to follow

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Morning tip: Garrett Temple sets example for Wizards to follow

Part of the reason the Wizards had been so successful against the Chicago Bulls, especially when they beat them in five games of a first-round playoff series two years ago, is they matched their edginess on the court.

They'll need to rediscover that for tonight's game in their first meeting of the regular season at United Center (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 7:30 p.m. ET). 

That attitude has largely been absent for the Wizards (16-19) this season, but Garrett Temple took coach Randy Wittman's words to heart recently when he called out his team for allowing the Toronto Raptors to get away with hard fouls on Otto Porter. Saturday, when Nic Vucevic struck Marcin Gortat across the face to draw a Flagrant 1 foul, it was Temple who stood up. 

"We've gone through situations the night before there was a flagrant foul. We barely went and helped our own guy out against Toronto," Wittman said of Porter, who was flattened by Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola. "We talked about it. This is a battle. Somebody takes a cheap shot on you you got to stand up for him. We're not going to fight. We're going to stand up for each other."

Temple didn't blink in going chest-to-chest with Vucevic, who stands six inches taller and 65 pounds heavier.

"When Patterson fouled Otto, somebody should've been there and said something to him," point guard John Wall said. "When Luis Scola hit Otto cutting down the middle, somebody should've said something to him. It's not trying to be a dirty team or starting an altercation. It's stepping up for your teammate."

Nene, who missed the last game because of a sore right triceps, grabbed Bulls guard Jimmy Butler by the throat in a preseason game last year and was suspended for the season-opener. Nene let his anger towards Joakim Noah get the best of him in a regular season game, too, when he fouled out without a point.

In their playoff matchup, Wall and Bradley Beal (out) had their run-ins with Bulls players. They haven't forgotten being embarrassed by the Wizards as they lost every home game in that playoff series.

The Bulls (22-13) are playing well but are hardly infallible. if the Wizards show the lapses in play that they had in the 97-88 loss to Toronto, they could get run out of the building. If they show the defiance of Temple in that 105-99 win in Orlando, they can win just as easily.

"We didn't play stellar. We had some bad stretches, turned the ball over but our intensity never wavered," Wittman said after Saturday's game. "It never affected us one bit defensively. That's how you get through bad stretches."

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Bradley Beal becomes youngest player in NBA history to reach 900 career 3-pointers

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Bradley Beal becomes youngest player in NBA history to reach 900 career 3-pointers

Before Wednesday's Wizards-Cavs game, J.R. Smith held the record for youngest NBA player to reach 900 career 3-pointers. 

With 4:31 left in the opening quarter. Bradley Beal caught a pass from Otto Porter and knocked down his 900th career triple

The 25-year-old is a career 39 percent 3-point shooter. Through 13 games this season, Beal is stroking it at 34 percent, but scoring in a variety of ways this season with an average of over 22 points per game. 

Washington is looking for its third consecutive win. 

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Former Hoya great Jeff Green says slow your roll on Mac McClung

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Former Hoya great Jeff Green says slow your roll on Mac McClung

Through three games as a freshman for the Georgetown Hoyas, Mac McClung has lived up to his hype as a social media sensation, at least when it comes to his ability to wow crowds with high-flying dunks. 

McClung has a long way to go to become a true star in college basketball, but the kid can fly. Already, he has provided several viral highlights.

Wizards forward Jeff Green is one of the best players in Georgetown's decorated basketball history, and on Wednesday after shootaround, he weighed in on McClung's flashy start.

Green, now an 11-year NBA veteran, spoke from the perspective of a guy who's been around the block. He says people should calm down a bit and wait to see what McClung becomes.

"Yeah. I've seen a lot of him. The guy has been great, but it's not just him. I think because of the internet people have just focused on him," Green said. 

Green went on to reference McClung's famous YouTube mixtapes some more.

"It's just the way the world is. People are focused on the internet and he's all over the internet and that's all you think about. They have a good collection of guys," he said. "Georgetown is a team. It's not just one person." 

Now, just because Green was downplaying the hype for McClung, who last year set the Virginia state high school scoring record, and did so by passing former Hoya great Allen Iverson, doesn't mean he isn't a fan. Green thinks McClung has a chance to be really good and probably far surpass his three-star recruiting grade.

"It's not hype. The kid is good," Green said. "You can't put these expectations. What have people been calling him? White Iverson. There's no other player that's gonna be Allen Iverson. He's gonna be who he's gonna be."

Green gave a further explanation that seemed to suggest the word 'expectations' had struck a cord. Green himself was a three-star recruit and went on to exceed that grade by becoming the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

"People put expectations on other people and then when they don't grow into those expectations, in their eyes he's a bad player. You can't do that. Let him grow into what he's going to be and then you define him," Green said.