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Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Miami Heat in final game of regular season

Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Miami Heat in final game of regular season

The shot at 50 wins went out the window the moment the Wizards lost last week to the Miami Heat, a game they had in hand at home. Wednesday, they closed the regular season in Miami in a game that meant nothing to them in terms of playoff position and coach Scott Brooks rested three of his starters.

The Wizards (49-33) lost for the fourth time in four meetings with the Heat, 110-102. They also lost to them 106-103 on Saturday at Verizon Center.

Marcin Gortat (16 points, five rebounds) and Otto Porter (11 points, six rebounds) were the only regulars to start, and they were joined by Kelly Oubre (eight points, three steals), Trey Burke (27 points) and Sheldon McClellan (18 points).

They led the Heat by six points but by the mid-point of the second quarter Hassan Whiteside (24 points, 18 rebounds) got his team its first lead 38-36 that would never subside. Goran Dragic (28 points), Josh Richardson (15 points), James Johnson (12 points, eight rebounds, eight assists) and Willie Reed (16 points, six rebounds) alone were too much firepower to overcome.

The Heat (41-41) was in a must-win to qualify for the postseason after an 11-30 start but needed help. Wins by the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers, however, eliminated them.

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--Markieff Morris and Bradley Beal didn’t get their wish. Both wanted to play but Brooks held them out. John Wall missed his second game in a row but this time the reason given was rest. The previous game it was because of a left thigh contusion. That’s progress.

--Daniel Ochefu (eight points, 17 minutes) got his first real minutes of the season, playing against a team that desperately needed to win. He entered in the third quarter to play against Willie Reed. In his previous 18 appearances, Ochefu never played more than 11 minutes and that came Dec. 23 in a 27-point blowout loss in Milwaukee.

--Porter had been out with back spasms, having missed the previous two games, but he was working out a lot two days ago in Detroit and looked able to play. He came out quickly to get six points and five rebounds in the first quarter. The only thing that slowed him down was fouls. He had to leave with two before the second quarter began.

--A better version of Burke appeared than in the previous game, when Wall rested and he was in line for more time. Burke only played eight minutes and was lost defensively so there was a quick hook. He was more focused tonight as he had his best game since he scored a season-high 27 points vs. Brooklyn.

--Chris McCullough played for the second time since being acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline from Brooklyn. He logged seven minutes, grabbed two rebounds and had one steal.

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Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Rui Hachimura was a star in Vegas, earning All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors

Welcome to the Wizards Rui Hachimura.

In his first action as a Washington Wizard, the first-round draft pick brought home some hardware after being named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Hachimura showed out in a Summer League that was headlined by which stars were not playing on the court. In his final contest against the Atlanta Hawks, Hachimura dominated the court.

Playing a total of three games in Las Vegas, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Those stats paired with a 2-1 record in the games he played garnered the Second Team honor. 

He was joined by Chris Boucher (Toronto), Jaxson Hayes (New Orleans), Anfernee Simons (Portland) and Lonie Walker IV (San Antonio) on the Second Team. 

The Gonzaga product is looking to become the best Japanese player to step onto an NBA basketball court and, although it is a small sample size, he showed some major potential in his limited action. 


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Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Mystics' Kristi Toliver named WNBA All-Star reserve for a second straight year

Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver is a WNBA All-Star once again. 

Toliver was named an All-Star reserve on Monday as selected by the league's coaches. She joins Elena Delle Donne, who was named a captain of one of the two teams, and head coach Mike Thibault as representatives from the Mystics. 

This selection gives Toliver, 5-7, the third honor of her career and the second with Washington. Last year en route to the franchise's first WNBA Finals appearance Toliver was named an All-Star. She also got the nod in 2013 when she played with the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Through 15 games, Toliver is averaging 12.1 points and is second in the league with 5.7 assists per game, which is also on pace for a career-high.

She is shooting at a career-best .497 clip and is looking as explosive as ever at 32-years-old. With her and Delle Donne, the Mystics are 9-6 and second in the Eastern Conference.

In the offseason, Toliver is also an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards. Often she worked on the player development side of the staff and closely with Bradley Beal. 

Delle Donne will have the first choice of selection in the All-Star game draft. As a reserve, Toliver cannot be selected until after the starters are chosen.