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Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Utah Jazz to drop to 4th in East

Takeaways from Wizards' loss to Utah Jazz to drop to 4th in East

Unlike their previous game when the Wizards scored 124 points in a loss, they scored barely above half that against Utah Jazz in a more respectable effort but still lost 95-88 on Friday night and dropped to No. 4 in the East.

They Wizards (46-30) struggled with the presence of Rudy Gobert in the middle lo lose the season series 2-0. They failed to avenge a 102-92 loss at Verizon Center on Feb. 26.

Bradley Beal (27 points) and John Wall (16 points, five assists) led the Wizards but they needed help from all over to keep the low-scoring affair close against a top defensive team.

Bojan Bogdanovic (10 points), Kelly Oubre (10 points, four rebounds, two steals) and Ian Mahinmi (six points, four rebounds) were factors off the bench. Marcin Gortat (four points, 11 rebounds) and Markieff Morris (eight points, seven rebounds) were relegated to dirty work to neutralize the advantage the Jazz had inside with their bigs.

Gobert (16 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks) led Utah (47-29) though Gordon Hayward (19 points) had a relative off night by his All-Star standards. Rodney Hood (11 points) got the Jazz out to an 8-0 lead with a pair of threes but disappeared shortly afterward.

Beal had a chance to tie the score at 88 in the final 90 seconds but Gobert showed over the screen, forced him to hesitate on his shot and allowed Joe Ingles to strip him and make it a two possession-game again.

With the Toronto Raptors winning Friday, it gives them the same record as Washington. Because the Raptors own the tiebreaker, they get the higher seeding when the playoffs begin.

Utah extended its win streak to six at home.

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--When the Wizards took a 31-28 lead, it came with the second unit on the floor.  But they only scored 39 first-half points. That was their same output in the first 24 minutes in their first meeting with Utah but they only trailed by three this time instead of double digits.

--After being obliterated 50-28 in rebounding, the Wizards reversed that by being more physical. It helped that Derrick Favors (knee contusion) remained out.

--Brandon Jennings remains an open-door defensively. When he entered, he allowed Shelvin Mack (15 points) into the lane without resistance on three consecutive trips. The first resulted in a wide-open three from Hayward that missed. The second allowed Jeff Withey to get in the paint to clean up the miss for a putback and the third was an and-1 for Mack as he was fouled on the layup. In all three instances, the defense had rotate to compensate for Jennings’ blown coverage. Just because Mack didn’t score doesn’t mean Jennings isn’t responsible for others scoring. He is and that’s a part of his game that has to be cleaned up. When the Jazz took a 64-61 lead entering the fourth, Mack beat Jennings for another And-1 and then missed but had Withey clean it up because Mahinmi had to slide over to stop the drive.

--Wall was hit with his 15th technical foul – one more and he’ll have to serve an automatic one-game suspension – at 5:56 of the third quarter when he went around a screen by Gobert and struck him with an open hand around the beltline. It wasn’t called a foul initially and it was a delayed review.

--Oubre changed the tone defensively when he entered, getting deflections and on the floor to get loose balls to get them easy baskets. Oubre had six points and four rebounds in his first 12 minutes.

-Dante Exum (10 points) didn’t score in the first meeting but he had the space to get off threes from the short corner and cashed in. Hayward, who had 31 points at Verizon Center, only shot 7-for-16 from three-point range. Exum, who was starting for George Hill (groin), finished 4-for-6.

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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. 

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS HOW TO WATCH

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

WIZARDS vs. WARRIORS TV SCHEDULE

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 vs. WARRIORS INJURY REPORT

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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