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Russell Westbrook, Thunder at a loss to explain 24 missed shots in a row against Wizards

Russell Westbrook, Thunder at a loss to explain 24 missed shots in a row against Wizards

The Thunder fell to the Wizards Monday night 120-98. That 22-point disparity is a large number, but still two shy of the number of consecutive shots Oklahoma City missed in the game. 

That's right: 24 missed shots in a row. And equally shocking was Russell Westbrook going scoreless in the second half. He finished with 17 points on 5 of 19 shooting and was the only starter to score in double digits. 

The team as a whole didn't fair much better, hitting on 35.4% from the field. 

Westbrook spoke for only a moment in the locker room before hurrying out the door. But from his short answers it was clear that he faulted the Thunder, not the Wizards, for an incredibly cold night. 

"I was doing what I wanted, I just missed," he said. "We just didn't play hard."

"A lot of shots were open. I missed some chippies around the rim as well."

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he was concerned before the game that his team might experience a letdown after Saturday's difficult loss to Kevin Durant and the Warriors. 

"I don't know if I'd use the word 'hangover' but I think I made the comment before the game, someone asked me about the emotion part and I was worried about it," Donovan said.

"There was a lot going into that game [against the Warriors], it was something I think as a coach you always kind of have your antennas up to things that can get in the way of us playing well."

Shooting guard Victor Oladipo defended Westbrook in his postgame comments, laying blame at his own feet for a meager 6-point night.

"He's human, he can have a tough night, but the rest of us have to step up and play," Oladipo said. "Me personally, I feel like I owe it to this team and I owe it to myself to be prepared every night. Tonight I didn't do that, so I have to be better." 

MORE WIZARDS: Takeaways from Wizards' blowout win over Thunder

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks destroy Wizards' mascot G-Wiz in WWE title match

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks destroy Wizards' mascot G-Wiz in WWE title match

Before the Wizards faced off with the best team in the NBA Monday night, the Bucks tried to send a message ahead of pregame intros. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, joined by Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews and a number of his Bucks teammates, challenged Wizards mascot G-Wiz to a title fight in the tunnel, and it did not go well for the latter. 

G-Wiz was outnumbered 4-to-1. He didn't have a chance, not to mention the fact that Antetokounmpo performed an egregiously illegal move by smashing G-Wiz in the face with the championship belt. The reigning NBA MVP should have been disqualified immediately. 

The Bucks have had plenty of time to practice for this day too. Before every game this year, Milwaukee holds intrasquad wrestling matches to get themselves ready for tip-off.

It's unclear how much preparation G-Wiz went through with Wizards players prior to this game. 

Hopefully the Bucks will arrange a fair rematch the next time they come to town. The odds were stacked heavily against G-Wiz in this one and Wizards fans should be furious. 

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Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans out vs. Bucks with right knee injury

Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans out vs. Bucks with right knee injury

WASHINGTON -- The Wizards will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night without their best shooter and second-leading scorer, as forward Davis Bertans will sit due to right knee soreness. 

Head coach Scott Brooks revealed the news during his pregame press conference and explained it was precautionary in part because the Wizards were playing games on back-to-back nights.

"We want to be safe. Nothing serious," Brooks said. "Hopefully he will feel better tomorrow."

Brooks said Bertans first started feeling discomfort before Sunday's loss in Chicago. Bertans then played 37 minutes in the game, which Brooks admitted was more than the team had planned.

Bertans could return as soon as Wednesday when the Wizards host the Brooklyn Nets, Brooks said. But they will certainly miss him against the Bucks, who at 48-8 hold the best record in the NBA. Milwaukee doesn't have many weaknesses, but three-point defense happens to be one of them.

Bertans, 27, is averaging 15 points per game this season while shooting 42.2 percent from long range. With him out of the rotation, expect more minutes to go to Troy Brown Jr. and Isaac Bonga. Jerome Robinson could also play more in small lineups.

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