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NBA: Officials missed 14 calls at end of Wizards' loss to T'Wolves


NBA: Officials missed 14 calls at end of Wizards' loss to T'Wolves

Given all the blown shots and opportunities that the Wizards had to win Friday's pivotal game with the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's going to be difficult to convince anyone that they lost 132-129 in double overtime because of the game officials. But they also didn't do them any favors according to the last two-minute report released by the league office that also includes all 10 minutes of the double-overtime game.

John Wall committed a crucial turnover on a drive in the lane with 43.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter with his team ahead 108-106. In the report released Saturday, it says Wall was fouled on a reach-in by Zach LaVine. Wall lost control of the ball and it was a 24-second shot clock violation instead. It was an incorrect no-call.

Then with 4.8 seconds left in regulation with the score tied at 109, Gorgui Dieng helped on defense to prevent a drive by Wall and hacked him on his missed layup. The Wizards recovered the ball and Bradley Beal missed a three-point shot at the buzzer but Wall should've been at the foul line. It was an incorrect no-call, too.

"Dieng makes contact with Wall's body that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt," the report states.

In the last 10 minutes, the two overtime sessions, the NBA determined the game officials -- Mike Callahan, Josh Tiven and Justin V anDuyne -- made 12 other incorrect no-calls. Seven of those went against Washington.

There was a defensive three-seconds call against Andrew Wiggins that should've awarded Washington a technical foul shot but he was allowed to camp out and contribute to forcing a turnover on Wall's drive and dish to Marcin Gortat. Nene's reverse dunk to tie the score at 113 should've been an and-1 opportunity because he was fouled by Dieng on his move to the basket. Karl-Anthony Towns set an illegal screen on Otto Porter as he tried to stick with Wiggins who passed it back to Towns for a jumper and a 115-113 lead for Minnesota.

With 26 seconds left in the first overtime, LaVine traveled by splitting his feet to make the three-pointer over Gortat that cut the deficit to 119-118. At 3:35 of the second overtime, Ricky Rubio traveled before taking a jumper that missed. At 2:18, Rubio fouled Wall on his drive that missed and it wasn't whistled though Gortat succeeded in getting the putback for a 129-125 advantage.

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Swaggy Picasso's Sole Talk had the Wizards taking notice opening night

Swaggy Picasso's Sole Talk had the Wizards taking notice opening night

The connection between athletes and their fans is a powerful thing in sports. The NBA is one of the trendiest, fashion-forward leagues in the world. From shoe design to overall wardrobe to eccentric personalities...the Association has it all on display for fans across the globe to consume. 

Lloyd Ferguson, a fan himself and native of Silver Spring, Md., is bursting onto the customized sneakers scene as an up-and-coming artist. 

His Instagram (@SwaggyPicasso) serves as his personal laboratory and a platform to share his creations. 

Prior to the start of Thursday night's Wizards-Heat game, NBC Sports Washington invited Ferguson to Capital One Arena for what would become a memorable night for the 23-year-old. 

Chris Miller and Drew Gooden featured Swaggy Picasso on the pregame show for an interview and sneaker showcase.

"The inside of my body was jiggling and moving. I was like 'I gotta keep composed and stay cool. You're on national televison, Lloyd.'" 

You would have never known it. 

Ferguson, who was a basketball player himself locally, grew up a Wizards and D.C. sports fan all around. 

Little did he know several Wizards would take notice of his artwork. 

Kelly Oubre, Devin Robinson and John Wall - each known for their wardrobes and respective styles - stopped by to take a peek at Ferguson's kicks. 

"Their reactions to my art was all I needed, honestly. They see the potential and growth. It's very overwhelming." 

It was a groundbreaking night for a young talent with lofty dreams and aspirations. 

Swaggy Picasso has no plans of stopping anytime soon. 

"I've been busting out these shoes day and night. I don't sleep. My desire to paint shoes is ridiculous." 



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Wizards vs. Raptors: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Raptors: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards take to the court Saturday night looking for their first win of the season against the Toronto Raptors. 

In their first game of the season the Wizards laid an egg after the Miami Heat were missing three rotation players on the second end of a back-to-back. Similar problems emerged even with new offseason additions Jeff Green and Austin Rivers having stellar debuts. Dwight Howard did not play in the contest, still dealing with a butt injury. 

Now, the Wizards will go up against one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, the Raptors. They also acquired a former All-Star in Kwahi Leonard this offseason, trading away DeMar DeRozan. Besides the switch, this is pretty much the same squad that knocked the Wizards out of the First Round of the playoffs last season.

On Saturday the Raptors will be coming off a back-to-back after hosting the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Once again, another big opportunity for the Wizards against an Eastern Conference foe early in the season.

The Wizards-Raptors will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Capital One Arena and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.


What: Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors, 2018 NBA regular season Game 2
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Raptors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Raptors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 PM: Toronto Raptors @ Wizards (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Redskins GameDay: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)


Wizards: Dwight Howard (questionable)
Raptors: Delon Wright (day-to-day), OG Anunoby (probable)


John Wall, Wizards: After speculation on if Wall would return to his peak form, he showed out on Thursday night. With 26 points, nine assists, and four blocks, the point guard was all around the court for the Wizards. 

Otto Porter Jr./ Jeff Green, Wizards: Covering Leonard is going to be a tall task. It is anticipated that the taller Otto Porter Jr. and Jeff Green to be the duo that will be covering the lengthy guard.  Neither guy are going to light-up the stat sheet on the offensive end, but after a nice showing by Green on Thursday look for them to split time defensively. 

Khawi Leonard: Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his debut with the Raptors, picking up right where he left off before his injury. Will a back-to-back affect the star that hasn't played consistently since 2016? 


Number of all-time Meetings: 95 games
Regular Season Record: Raptors lead 48-37
Postseason Record: Wizards lead 6-4
Last Meeting: Raptors won 102-92
Last 10: Raptors lead 6-4