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Oubre's first double-double highlights well-rounded game vs. Kings

Oubre's first double-double highlights well-rounded game vs. Kings

For Kelly Oubre, Jr., finding a consistent role in Wizards head coach Scott Brooks' rotation has been a process of dramatic peaks and valleys, all within a matter of weeks. He has shown flashes and as a result earned meaningful minutes, only to see those opportunities vanish very quickly, as others get their chance. Brooks' bench has been a fluid entity over the first five weeks of this season and Oubre has floated in and out of his coach's favor.

That dynamic was demonstrated well over the last three games. On Nov. 25 against the Magic, Oubre went scoreless in 15 minutes. The next night, against the San Antonio Spurs, Brooks offered the second-year pro just three minutes. Whether it was a matchup or a mistake Oubre himself made, he was out of the rotation, at least for one evening.

Then, on Monday night in an overtime win over the Kings, after Otto Porter got in early foul trouble, Oubre was given extended run and responded with his most complete game as an NBA player, his first ever double-double. The former first round pick scored 10 points, grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and topped it all off with two assists and two steals. 

"I thought his minutes were huge, obviously, in the first half," Brooks said. "We were in foul trouble with a lot of our guys, and I thought Kelly came in and did a good job of really just locking in and focusing on what we need out of him: defend, rebound and run."

Brooks has harped on that message over and over in the past month when asked what Oubre needs to earn consistent minutes. He wants him to focus on defense and play within himself and Brooks' system on offense.

Oubre has taken that advice to heart and believes putting in extra work outside of games is what will ultimately allow him to break through.

"My focus is definitely growing. I'm studying more film. I'm looking at scouting reports more," Oubre said. "Knowing the scouting report. Knowing what people like to do. Knowing who likes to shoot, who likes to drive, and pretty much being on top, being a step ahead at all times, and that is a big thing on being a good defender so that is what we tried to do tonight.”

On the other end of the floor, Oubre went 6-for-6 from the free throw line to set career-bests in both makes and attempts. On one foul, he challenged Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein at the rim, a fearless attempt at dunking over a player drafted sixth overall last year largely because of his ability to block shots. Matt Barnes, who is known for hard fouls, was also in on the play.

"Don't go in there soft," Oubre said of drawing fouls. "In the past I haven't been getting any calls because I've been going in there soft. I'm turning my shoulder and opening my chest, pretty much to force the foul. I just gotta go in there and try to dunk everything like I can do."

As Oubre's season so far has demonstrated, one strong performance doesn't guarantee another the next time out. Monday night appeared to be progress, but Wednesday night at the Oklahoma City Thunder offers another test to see if he can carry success over from game to game.


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Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put Tyler Perry in a room with a bunch of NBA players? If so, we have the answer. 

During the Wizards' road trip to Chicago in January, the famous actor/producer/writer surprised several players in their hotel room and compared heights with them the whole time. 

Perry, who's used to being the tallest in the room at 6'5", was dwarfed by the likes of Thomas Bryant and Johnathan Williams. 

"I ain't ever been in a room where I'm the short guy," Perry said as he greeted all the players. 

There were a couple of players who Perry had the height advantage on. Bradley Beal admitted he was shorter than Perry during the video, while Perry didn't have a doubt he was taller than Gary Payton II. 

"Oh, you're short," Perry joked after Payton revealed his height. 

You can find more of this kind of inside access into the Wizards' trip to Chicago, where the "Wire-to-Wire" special will air on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Ish Smith, Moe Wagner and Scott Brooks will be mic'd up and featured throughout a condensed version of the Wizards' loss to the Bulls in mid-January. 

"The thing is, you look at celebrities as celebrities, but they look at our players as celebrities," Brooks said. "But you could tell that [Perry], he had their attention. Not a lot of times our guys are willing to wait after our breakfast meeting. But they waited around for him so it was really cool to see that."

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How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

The Wizards head to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors. Before that, fans can enjoy inside NBA access in the debut of 'NBC Sports Wire to Wire'.

'NBC Sports Wire to Wire' will debut Sunday, Mar. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and feature a one-hour condensed game of the Wizards matchup with the Bulls from mid-January. The twist is players and coaches on both sides were mic'd up during the game. 

Ish Smith, Moe Wagner, and Scott Brooks are featured from the Wizards side, while you'll be able to hear Coby White, coach Jim Boylen and former Wizard Tomas Satoransky as well. The broadcast will deliver a mix of on-court audio and sit-down interviews. 

The Wizards fell to the Bulls 115-106 in the game in question. In a head-to-head matchup between two eventual All-Star snubs, Zach LaVine got the best of Bradley Beal, scoring 30 points on 12-21 shooting to get his team the win. 

If you recall, Beal questioned the Wizards' culture after his team dropped what he called a 'winnable game.' Since then, the Wizards are 7-6 and before the All-Star break, were playing some of their best basketball.

Beal has also been exceptional since Washington's last loss in Chicago, so perhaps there's a bit more insight into what went on that game that one, caused Beal to call out his team after the game, and two, sparked one of the best runs of play for the Wizards all year. 

So remember 6:30 p.m. on Sunday before the Wizards-Warriors game. And if you aren't able to catch it the first time, the special will be re-air later Sunday evening at 11:30 p.m.

Here's everything you need to know to tune into the game Sunday and how to watch the Wire to Wire broadcast afterward. 


What: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors 

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA

When: Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Warriors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Warriors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards vs Bulls

7:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

8:30 PM: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors

11:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

11:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards @ Bulls


Wizards: John Wall (OUT/Achilles), Thomas Bryant (OUT/foot)

Warriors: Marquese Chriss (Day-to-day/calf), Draymond Green (Day-to-day/hip), Steph Curry (Day-to-day/hand), Klay Thompson (OUT/knee)

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