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Summer League, Game 3: Wizards rebound for 1st win


Summer League, Game 3: Wizards rebound for 1st win

LAS VEGAS -- Desperate to simply put for a more credible effort at summer league, the Wizards did just that Tuesday vs. the Dallas Mavericks. And on top of that, they won their first game 85-79.

"They were disappointed the way they played the previous two games," said assistant coach Roy Rogers, who was in charge from the sideline at Thomas & Mack Center. "Except for the first quarter, we had more energy and effort than we had in the first two games."

Instead of relying solely on Jarrid Famous (16) and Kelly Oubre (11) to do the scoring, the Wizards had five players reach double figures, including Damion James (15), Scott Machado (12) and Shawn Jones (12):

  • Oubre has a good enough handle to escape double teams and find the open shooter, though he has to clean up some of his passes (four turnovers). He was more economical in his output, taking just 11 shots after taking a total of 37 in the first two games. "We just have to keep him in attack mode because he's so shifty that he has an uncanny ability to get in the lane," Rogers said. "You think you have him in a tough spot and he just figures out a way."

  • Aaron White, a rookie second-round draft pick, came off the bench for the first time. He only had four points on 2-for-3 shooting and didn't attempt a three-pointer for the first time. "I thought Aaron had struggled a little bit in the previous two games so we brought him off the bench today and he responded well," Rogers said. "He gave us great energy, a great boost."

  • Justin Anderson, a guard-forward from Virginia who the Wizards worked out but passed up in last month's draft in favor of Oubre, continued to have a tough time with his shot for Dallas. He went 3-for-11 overall, including just 1-for-6 from three-point range. He was a combined 3-for-14 in his first two games. 

  • Jordan Crawford, who played for the Wizards from 2010-13 and is trying to play his way on the Mavericks, airballed the first shot of the game and barely grazed iron on a three-point attempt a few feet behind the arc. He was determined to play well against his old team but finished 3-for-13 for 12 points. He misfired on all seven of his threes.

  • Dwight Powell, taken by the Charlotte Hornets two drafts ago, shined and gave a glimpse why the Wizards were so high on him. He's now in Dallas. Powell had 18 points, six rebounds and four steals. He's a 6-10, combo post player who the Wizards were targeting until he was selected 45th overall in 2014. The Wizards picked 46th and sold their spot instead. Powell was just 1-for-9 on three-pointers but definitely could be groomed into a true stretch four option.

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Jeff Green 'would love to come back' to Wizards, add stability to journeyman career


Jeff Green 'would love to come back' to Wizards, add stability to journeyman career

With six different teams in the past five years, Jeff Green has become one of the NBA's most itinerant journeymen.

Including his early-career move from Seattle to Oklahoma City, when the franchise transitioned from the Sonics to the Thunder, Green has played in eight different cities. Among active players, only Ish Smith (10), Marco Bellinelli (nine), Shaun Livingston (nine) and Anthony Tolliver (nine) have played for more teams.

Being in Washington this past season, though, was different. That's because Green is from the area, having grown up nearby in Maryland. He starred at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, then at Georgetown University in Northwest D.C.

At 32 years old (he turns 33 in August), Green does not prefer being a basketball nomad. He would like to stay with the Wizards this summer as he aims for a new contract in free agency.

"I would love to come back," Green said. "Great set of guys on this team. I loved playing with Brad [Beal], John [Wall]."

Green also mentioned playing for head coach Scott Brooks, for whom he played in Seattle and Oklahoma City. Brooks was an assistant on the Sonics staff when Green was a rookie, then took over as head coach in the middle of Green's sophomore season. Green left the Thunder after his third season and, 10 years later, was reunited with Brooks in Washington.

The biggest draw for Green to the Wizards, though, is the fact it is his hometown team. Though playing at home is a drawback for some players, Green found major benefits in being around family and in the town where he played college ball.

"Being in front of family every night was great for me. It allowed me to see my daughters more than a couple of times a year, which was great," he said. 

"Being in a familiar setting from my Georgetown days was great. Being able to go up to Georgetown and watch the guys get better, it was great. [Those are] things I haven’t been able to do since being in the league."

On the court, Green found individual success with the Wizards amid a disappointing season overall. He averaged 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds while setting a career-high in effective field goal percentage (55.5). 

He did all of that while making the league minimum of $2.4 million. On a Wizards team that was in some ways defined by bloated salaries, Green proved a bargain. 

Hoping to come back to the Wizards was a familiar refrain from impending free agents during the Wizards' media exit interviews. Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker, Thomas Bryant and others all suggested they would like to return. 

But with a new front office leadership structure set to be installed, certainty isn't offered for anyone. For Green, the Wizards' new general manager will need to evaluate whether he was part of their problems. 

While Green probably exceeded expectations this season, he was on the floor when the team struggled to rebound the ball and defend just like his teammates were. The Wizards were 27th in the NBA in defensive rating this season at 112.8, according to NBA.com. Green's defensive rating was 112.6.

The Wizards and Green may ultimately not prove a fit in the eyes of the new GM. If that is the case, Green could move on to play in a new city, the ninth of his career. 


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Former Wizards Mike Scott, Jared Dudley deliver the drama in Sixers-Nets Game 4


Former Wizards Mike Scott, Jared Dudley deliver the drama in Sixers-Nets Game 4

The 76ers-Nets playoff series has been wild from the start, but the trash talk and physical play reached the next level in the Sixers' Game 4 victory Sunday. 

The contest featured two ejections as well as a game-deciding shot with 19.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter. In the middle of it all? None other than Jared Dudley and Mike Scott, who played for the Wizards in 2015-16 and 2017-18, respectively. 

Tensions between Dudley and the Sixers had been simmering since he slammed Ben Simmons in the media after Game 1.

With 7:42 left in the third quarter Saturday, Joel Embiid committed a flagrant foul on Jarrett Allen under the basket. An incensed Dudley shoved Embiid, prompting Jimmy Butler to push Dudley away.

When Simmons to try to separate the two, he and Dudley got tangled up and tumbled into the front-row seats. Both Dudley and Butler were ejected on the spot. 

The Nets held a 67-61 advantage when Dudley and Butler were tossed, but that lead dwindled to one point with under a minute left to go. 

Brooklyn made the mistake of leaving Scott open in the corner, where Embiid set him up for a go-ahead three-pointer with 19.7 seconds remaining.

A pair of Tobias Harris free throws sealed the Sixers' 112-108 win, putting them up 3-1 in the series. Scott and company can finish off Dudley's squad in Game 5 on Tuesday. 

In the meantime, listen as Scott goes 1-on-1 with Chris Miller in the latest Wizards Talk Podcast.