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Takeaways from Wizards' defensive letdown vs. Heat

Takeaways from Wizards' defensive letdown vs. Heat

Offense isn't a problem for the Wizards with the way John Wall and Bradley Beal are playing. They bled points, however, to the depleted Miami Heat again in a 112-101 loss Monday at American Airlines Arena.

John Wall (30 points, eight assists, six rebounds) led the way for the Wizards, who couldn't win their third game in a row for the first time this season. Bradley Beal (29 points, four steals), Markieff Morris (10 points), Otto Porter (nine points) and Marcin Gortat (seven points, 10 rebounds) rounded out the starters. 

Goran Dragic (season-high 34 points) was unstoppable as he made 14-of-23 shots as Miami ended a five-game losing streak and shot 51.1percent from the field. 

In early November, the Heat scored 114 points -- about 21 over their average at the time -- in a win at Verizon Center. 

They had fewer pieces available Monday with Dion Waiters (groin) out. 

-- The Wizards fell down 86-82 to start the fourth quarter, but it was Kelly Oubre (six points, five rebounds) who energized them yet again. Oubre drove to the basket and got a foul call and made both shots. He then stole an inbounds pass from Tyler Johnson (11 points) for a dunk to tie the score.

--The bench did its job to hand the starters a 38-30 lead in the second quarter after two free throws from Trey Burke (four points). But when they went into halftime, the Wizards trailed 59-53.

-- Dragic picked up his fourth foul in the first two minutes of the third quarter and he had to go to the bench. The Wizards were able to chop down an 11-point deficit and take an 80-75 lead.

-- The coverage on the screens between Dragic and Whiteside started out strong, but Gortat and the backcourt didn't seem in sync most of the time. 

-- Coach Scott Brooks went to a smaller lineup in the fourth. Instead of Wall, Beal, Oubre, Porter and Gortat, he used Morris as the center. The problem was the Heat started running pick-and-rolls with James Johnson (14 points), a reserve forward playing as a spread five, running the set. Dragic, instead, was screening for him and popping for the open shot. The Wizards had no idea how to defend that wrinkle and it showed.

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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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