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NBA says refs missed two late travel calls that helped Celtics Game 2 vs. Wizards

NBA says refs missed two late travel calls that helped Celtics Game 2 vs. Wizards

Scott Brooks reiterated Wednesday, following a stunning loss in Game 2 at the Boston Celtics, that he was unhappy with three two three-point shots the Wizards allowed to erase a six-point lead in the final two minutes.

"We're up six points with like 2:30 to go," said Brooks, who gave his team the day off before Game 3 at Verizon Center on Thursday. "We gave up some threes that we probabaly we wish we could get back."

Except later in the day, the NBA released its last two-minute report of the fourth quarter, which including all five minutes of the overtime period in a 129-119 loss for Washington, that said Terry Rozier's corner shot to knot the score at 110 with 1:38 should've been disallowed.

The reason: Five seconds before Rozier's shot went through the nets, Isaiah Thomas, who got the assist on the pass, moved his pivot foot on his drive and kick out.

Then with the Wizards trailing 120-117 in overtime and 1:51 left, Avery Bradley slid his pivot foot before making a pass before Thomas' bucket to extend it to a two-possession game. 

The only call that went unpenalized for the Wizards, according to the report, came with 1:30 left in regulation when Markieff Morris pushed off on Bradley on a screen. He missed the shot in the paint as he rolled so it didn't result in points. 

[RELATED: Morris wants teammates to play with more heart vs. Celtics]

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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