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Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Toronto Raptors to drop season series

Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Toronto Raptors to drop season series

With the season series on the line – and the pivotal tiebreaker that could come in handy for the playoffs – the Wizards couldn’t put away another one Friday.

They came from 19 down but fell to the Toronto Raptors 114-106, to lose the series 2-1 and failed to strengthen their hold on the No. 3 spot in the East. Instead, they dropped to fourth based on the tiebreaker.

The Wizards still have tiebreaker edges with one game left vs. the Boston Celtics (2-1) and the Atlanta Hawks (2-1).

John Wall (30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, three blocks) and Bradley Beal (26 points, seven rebounds, four assists) led the effort for Washington (36-24). Otto Porter (18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals) made up for going scorless for the only time this season in Wednesday's matchup. Markieff Morris (11 points, eight rebounds, five assists) only shot 4-for-13. 

Toronto (37-25) was led by DeMar DeRozan (game-high 32 points, 10 rebounds, five assists), Serge Ibaka (14 points, eight rebounds), Norman Powell (21 points) and Cory Joseph (15 points).

Washington opened by shooting just 15 of 46 in the first half which led to the deficit while Toronto made 22 of 37 shots.

Still, they took the lead for a moment with 3:30 left in the third quarter when Porter grabbed and offensive rebound and found Beal spotting up for a three, 72-71.

But the second unit couldn’t give them the spark they had in a 105-96 win on Wednesday, when they sparked a 26-3 run behind Bojan Bogdanovic.

The Wizards cut the deficit to 108-105 on a three-pointer by Wall the final minute, but DeRozan responded with a three over Bogdanovic with 20 seconds left to seal it.

--Beal had a free run in Toronto which looked clueless on how to defend him Wednesday. He got the ball of curls with nothing but space for open looks that got him off to a fast start. Here, they loaded up on Beal and made Wall the scorer. He had 18 in the first half but just two assists. Beal only had one point until he converted his first field goal at 5:38 of the second quarter as the Wizards got the deficit to less than double digits.

--Wall’s ball pressure on Joseph was key in turning the tide. Toronto couldn’t get the ball inside as easily nor get their offense started cleanly. The Raptors shot just 7 of 22 in the third quarter when the deficit was trimmed to 79-78 entering the fourth. Joseph had two of the six turnovers and shot

--Bogdanovic (six points), who had a season-high 27 in Toronto, didn’t have the explosion this time. He didn’t make his first field goal until he banked in a jumper in the fourth. He led a bench that totaled just 14 points. Toronto produced 44 led by Powell.

--Jason Smith’s eight points on 4-for-4 shooting was a vital part of a 26-3 run by the Wizards to turn the previous game into a blowout. He didn’t log a minute Friday.

--In his first appearance since being acquired this week, Brandon Jennings was ineffective with the second unit. He played five minutes in the first half and missed his only shot. Twice, Morris wasn’t expecting passes from him and bobbled the ball. It led to uncomfortable possessions with contested, low percentage shots. Jennings missed a three that led to a transition basket in the fourth and earlier in the quarter he tried to back down Delon Wright (nine points) and had his shot blocked.

--After playing a season-high 21 minutes, Ian Mahinmi played 15 and was crucial to the defense against the small lineups that Raptors coach Dwane Casey deployed. He used a lot of three guards plus two forwards. Mahinmi kept Patrick Patterson (eight points) in front of him and successfully switched onto guards. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas (two points) only played 12 minutes. When the Wizards were successful combating the small-ball lineup of Golden State, they used Morris at the five.

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Former Wizard Marcin Gortat announces retirement

Former Wizard Marcin Gortat announces retirement

Long-time NBA veteran, and former Wizard, Marcin Gortat is retiring from the NBA, the center announced in a video via the Polish news station TVP.

At 35-years old, the big man had been out of the league this season following spending 2018-19 with the Los Angeles Clippers. In the video, Gortat mentioned that he gave himself the year off to weigh his options, and he now realizes it is the right time to hang it up.

A 12-year career, the "Polish Hammer" was a consistent and reliable force down low for the four teams he played for. Some of his best years came in D.C. with the Wizards. In five seasons with Washington from 2013-18, Gortat averaged at least 10 points in four seasons and played in at least 75 games in all five campaigns. 

His time with the Wizards also included three trips to the postseason. Gortat was traded to the Clippers for Austin Rivers following the 2018 season and was waived in February of 2019. 

An intense competitor, some NBA players have already begun to share their appreciation for Gortat, and more are sure to chime in.

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Florida Gators mascot weighs in on Bradley Beal's All-Star snub

Florida Gators mascot weighs in on Bradley Beal's All-Star snub

On the eve of the NBA All-Star game, Bradley Beal attended a basketball game at his alma mater instead of preparing for the NBA All-Star game. 

Beal, of course, was not named an All-Star despite displaying the highest scoring average ever for a player not named to the league's midseason exhibition. 

Beal felt disrespected by it, his fiancee Kamiah Adams and his agent Mark Bartelstein were certainly mad about it, Moe Wagner faulted himself and the rest of the Wizards for the All-Star snub.

You can now include the University of Florida mascot as someone who's less than pleased with the NBA's head coaches for failing to vote Beal in as an All-Star reserve. 

In a tweet from Adams, Albert the Gator is holding up a sign that says, "Bradley Beal should be an All-Star. #SNUBBED."

Beal spent his freshman season playing at Florida before he was drafted third overall by the Wizards in 2012. 

Whether you think Beal was snubbed or believe winning should be valued more than counting stats, it's hard to ignore just how many people have made it clear they disagree with Beal's exclusion from All-Star weekend. 

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