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Morning tip: Wizards accept moving on without John Wall

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Morning tip: Wizards accept moving on without John Wall

When a team circles its wagons after it loses a key cog like John Wall, lip service is to be expected as players always will say the right things. Going out and proving it the way the Wizards did in winning Game 3 over the No. 1 seed Atlanta Hawks, however, is another matter.

"I was tired of getting all the text messages, "Awww, what are you guys going to do?'" said Drew Gooden. "What are we supposed to do? We still have confidence in guys ... We got to get it out of our heads if we're going to have him, if we're not going to have him because we got to find a way and nobody feels sorry for us."

Truer words couldn't have been spoken after the Wizards held on for a 103-101 victory Saturday and a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is tonight at Verizon Center, where the Wizards are unbeaten in three games this postseason. Wall broke his left wrist and hand in Game 1 and isn't expected to be available in this series, if at all in the event they advance. They're 11-40 without Wall in his fifth season.

Ramon Sessions will get his third start, and Will Bynum and Garrett Temple will assume control in relief. The trio combined to shoot just 4-for-17 but they scored 20 points by getting to the foul line 15 times in Game 3.

"We have no other choice," said Bradley Beal, Wall's backcourt mate, when asked about moving on. "We can sit here and make excuses or go out and win and prove people wrong. We have so much depth on this team. We have so many guys who stepped up tonight it was terrific. We just need that moving forward each and every game. 

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"We would love to have John but he's not with us. We got to do whatever it takes to win."

What team isn't banged up this late in the season? The Hawks were fortunate to not have any problems during the regular season but that has changed (Thabo Sefolosha, Paul Millsap). And just look around at the teams still alive in the playoffs.

"Other teams go through this as well. Memphis went through it with Michael Conley, Cleveland is going through it with Kevin Love, losing J.R. Smith to a two-game suspension," Gooden said. "Other teams are going through this. Pau (Gasol) is hurt now with a hamstring. He's doubtful so nobody is going to feel sorry for you in this situation. We know that."

Still, to keep the home-court advantage they took from Atlanta by winning Game 1 at Phillips Arena, the Wizards have to hold serve in Game 4. In their first game without Wall in this series, the Wizards were even late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 but fell apart late. They've had an answer to every wrinkle that they've had thrown at them. 

"We haven't accomplished anything. Two wins doesn't get us anything," coach Randy Wittman said of his team being underdogs. "I want them to still think that way. They believe it. I think we saw that in Game 2 on short notice. It was basically 50 minutes before tip-off that they found out John wasn't going to play. They quickly went out there and did their darnedest to put themselves in position to win in Game 2. Think that carried right over into Game 3. Yes, these guys believe."

                                                                                    

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2019 NBA Draft: Lakers take De'Andre Hunter with No. 4, will reportedly trade him to Hawks

2019 NBA Draft: Lakers take De'Andre Hunter with No. 4, will reportedly trade him to Hawks

De'Andre Hunter is a Los Angeles Laker...for now.

The Virginia star and reigning ACC Defensive of the Year was selected by the Lakers with the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday night. However, the Lakers will send that pick to the Pelicans in the agreed-to trade for Anthony Davis, New Orleans in turn reportedly trading it to the Hawks. Thus, Hunter likely ends up in Atlanta. 

If the trade goes through, Hunter will join a talented young Hawks core which already includes Trae Young and John Collins. He would bring a championship pedigree to the team, having just won an NCAA title with UVA this past season.

"Coming off a national championship, there's no better way to try to go into the NBA," Hunter told NBC Sports Washington during an interview for the I Am The Prospect series

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2019 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

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2019 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

Here are the results from the 2019 NBA Draft, with live updates and analysis on every first and second-round draft pick.

2019 NBA Draft First Round Results

PICK (1): New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, F, Duke, Profile.

PICK (2): Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, G, Murray State, Profile.

PICK (3): New York Knicks: R.J. Barrett, G, Duke, Profile.

PICK (4): Atlanta Hawks (via NO): DeAndre Hunter, F, Virginia, Profile. 

PICK (5): Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland, G, Vanderbilt, Profile.

PICK (6): Minnesota Timberwolves (via PHX): Jarrett Culver, G, Texas Tech, Profile.

PICK (7): Chicago Bulls: Coby White, G, North Carolina, Profile.

PICK (8): New Orleans Pelicans (via ATL): Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas, Profile.

PICK (9): Washington Wizards: Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga, Profile.

PICK (10): Atlanta Hawks: Cam Reddish, F, Duke, Profile.

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