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Takeaways from Wizards' blowout loss to Bucks

Takeaways from Wizards' blowout loss to Bucks

The second three-game road trip of the Wizards’ season came to the same conclusion as the first time at 1-2. They were obliterated by the Milwaukee Bucks, 123-96, on Friday.

It was the most lopsided loss of the season for Washington (13-16) who were flat defensively from the opening tip which led to career-high scoring for Giannis Antetokounmpo (39 points, eight rebounds and six assists), rookie Malcolm Brogdon (17 points, seven assists), Jabari Parker (21 points, eight rebounds),

Milwaukee (14-14) tied the season series at 1-1 with a rematch set for Monday at the Verizon Center. The Wizards opened the trip with a two-point loss to the Indiana Pacers, came back from double digits to beat the Chicago Bulls and then produced this result. In their only other road trip of three games, they lost games at the end to the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs before salvaging it with a win at the Brooklyn Nets.

The Wizards got off to a good start offensively. Otto Porter (18 points) returned from missing the second half of Wednesday’s win at the Chicago Bulls with back spasms to make his first four three-point shots. John Wall (18 points, 10 assists) did most of his damage in the first half and Markieff Morris (14 points) followed.

--The Wizards got their scoring done. They had 29 points in each of the first two quarters, shooting 51.2% (22 of 43). Milwaukee had 36 and 37 points and shot 66.7% by halftime (26 of 42).

--The pick-and-roll coverage, without Kelly Oubre on the floor, and switches on defense created a lot of busted coverages. Porter and Bradley Beal routinely confused the coverage which led to either uncontested layups and dunks or open three-point shots. They opened the third quarter with a botched exchange that allowed Tony Snell (11 points) and layup.

--It wasn't just screens by Parker that the Wizards had difficulty getting over. Matthew Dellavedova set screens that they couldn’t be covered properly. Their perimeter defense was absent. The help rotations from Morris and Marcin Gortat (eight points, six rebounds) weren’t there, either. Brogdon was 7-for-7. This is why Milwaukee had 66 points in the paint, 20 more than Washington.

--The eight game streak of consecutive games with 20 points or more ended for Beal (10 points). He only got up 10 shots in 31 minutes but dished out six assists.

--The energy and legs that the Wizards had in Chicago evaporated. They were beaten in fast-break points 27-8 despite only being minus-3 in turnovers. They had 15.

--The Wizards shot 0-for-8 in the third quarter from three-point range. Any chance they had of making a comeback from a 73-58 halftime deficit were nil after that. They brought the Bucks’ shooting accuracy down to 43.5% (10 of 23) but still were outscored 27-20.

[RELATED: 5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Bucks]

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here: