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Morning tip: Scouting reports on Otto Porter start to change

Morning tip: Scouting reports on Otto Porter start to change

The true test in Otto Porter's breakout season is here, and if maximizing his earning potential in free agency this summer is of any importance he has to respond to how teams will begin defending him differently to minmize his impact.

The New York Knicks never will be mistaken for being capable defensively, but even they were disciplined enough to prevent the 6-8 small forward from hurting them.

"He got some looks. Definitely teams are scouting Otto different. They're staying at home," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said after Porter's 10 points in a 117-101 victory in which he failed to make at least one three-pointer for the first time in nine games. "He’s the best, or one of the best three-point shooters in the league. So they’re not going to give him a lot of open looks. Some nights he’s not going to have the looks like he’s going to have other nights, but I thought he just stayed with it, ran his routes, got to the spots and then John (Wall) did a good job of finding him in the third quarter."

Porter, who shoots an NBA-leading 46.2% from three, went scoreless in the first half. But the flip side of it is Bradley Beal was able to inflict damage with a game-high 28 points on 18 shots in just 31 minutes. Markieff Morris had 24 points off just 14 shots and 10 rebounds.  

Carmelo Anthony took away Porter's first look from deep with a strong close out in the first quarter. Towards the end of the period, Wall floated a pass to him over an area screen from Marcin Gortat and Porter was closed out by center Kyle O'Quinn. 

Porter made the correct read, however, because that opened up Gortat on the dive to the basket for a layup. He earned the assist en route to Gortat finishing 7-for-7 shooting. It's another example of how a defense is intent on taking away an aspect of the game but being vulnerable elsewhere.

What has separated Beal is that he faces even more aggressive coverages from defenses and is not only scoring 20-plus points but creating for others and generating "hockey" assists by moving the ball out of traffic to find shooters like Porter.

"A lot of teams usually just help off Otto's side," Wall said. "They're not helping off his side as much. But he does a great job of still cutting to the basket, then getting out in transition. Keef and March and Jason (Smith) and all those guys set good screens and the weakside has to help, pick-and-choose what you're going to give up. Then he does a great job of attacking the basket off the slot."

The mid-range game was there for Porter in the third quarter where he did all of his scoring. He went back to being the reliable, steady Porter who did a lot of other small things but nothing dramatic. Porter had six rebounds and three assists 

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NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

The NBA offseason arrives later this week and will speed up soon not long after with the Aug. 20 draft lottery, which will be held virtually this year.

The news it is being held virtually, which was first reported by the Athletic, was a fairly obvious expectation. All 14 teams participating will do so remotely via a video feed. That's the way many events are being held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wizards have the ninth-best odds in this year's lottery. That gives them a 4.5 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a 20.2 chance to select in the top four.

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The top eight teams in the lottery are the Warriors, Cavs, Timberwolves, Hawks, Pistons, Knicks, Bulls and Hornets. The Warriors, Cavs and Timberwolves are tied for the best odds to get the No. 1 pick.

There is no consensus top player in this draft. Mock drafts have rotated through a few players at the top. The big names include James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball.

The Wizards will need some luck to move up and have a chance to get one of them.

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Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan has proven time and time again that no opponent is too challenging for him.

Even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Isaias, Jordan’s love for competition prevailed as he was spotted in Ocean City, Md. this past weekend competing in the White Marlin Open, a deep-sea fishing competition, for the second consecutive year. 

If basketball, football, baseball and golf weren’t enough, the six-time NBA champion has now become a regular competitor in the world’s largest billfish tournament. After he entered the competition in 2019, he was the weekend’s star even without the winning catch.

In the weeks leading up to the 2020 competition, rumors began to circulate about whether the sports icon would appear on the eastern shore again. When his plane was spotted at Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport last week and his boat Catch 23 was registered, excitement began to grow from fans and fellow anglers.

In the competition’s 47th year, Jordan’s boat was spotted as one of 433 to enter the competition. His is an 80-foot Viking, which displays the print matching his Air Jordan 3 sneakers that he wore during the 1998 NBA All-Star game.

The tournament features competitions in fishing for tuna, dolphins, blue marlins, wahoos, sharks and white marlins. Due to the effects of the hurricane, the competition spanned from Aug. 3-9, an extension from its normal five days. This year, the White Marlin Open set a record for the most money ever awarded with a collective $6.8 million distributed to the winners.

The top $1.85 million prize went to Brandon Golueke from Ocean City for a 97-pound white marlin. The fish was the third largest white marlin in competition history.

While Jordan and his Catch 23 crew were unable to bring home the top prize again this year, he has proven he has a promising future in angling. Back in June, his boat brought in a 442.3-pound marlin on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, N.C., which earned fifth place that day and ninth place in the tournament overall. 

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