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Takeaways from Wizards' win over Giannis-less Bucks

Takeaways from Wizards' win over Giannis-less Bucks

The way the Wizards won for just the fourth time on the road wasn’t pretty, but they erased a 12-point deficit despite 19 turnovers to win 107-101 and take the season series with the Milwaukee Bucks.

John Wall (16 points, seven assists) recovered from a miserable start with four first-quarter giveaways to knock down a pair of pull-up jump shots late in the fourth as the Wizards get back to .500 at 18-18. They won 3 of 4 over Milwaukee all in less than a month.

Bradley Beal (26 points) led them, followed by Markieff Morris (20 points, 10 rebounds), Kelly Oubre (17 points, five rebounds), Otto Porter (13 points, seven assists, seven rebounds, two blocks) and Marcin Gortat (seven points, 12 rebounds).

Jabari Parker (28 points) led the Bucks who were sparked early by Michael Beasley (18 points) who left the game and didn’t return after just 15 minutes. Malcolm Brogdon (career-high 22 points) and Greg Monroe (12 points, 12 rebounds, four steals) also contributed.

--The Bucks’ best player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, came to the arena sick and was replaced in the starting lineup by Mirza Teletovic (five points). The Wizards responded by attacking his matchup with Morris. That forced the Bucks to help and created passing lanes to get others easier shots. They also had a 49-32 edge in rebounding, including 13-5 offensively.

--Beal re-injured his right ankle, stepping on Brogdon’s foot after making a layup but was able to stay on the floor after limping off during a second-quarter timeout. Beal missed one game after spraining the same ankle Dec. 28.

--Beal only shot 2-for-10 from three-point range, but he had repeated open looks with Antetokounmpo not there and Bucks coach Jason Kidd relying on Monroe more than starter John Henson (two points, 14 minutes) in the middle. While Monroe (32 minutes) is a better offensive option, he’s weak on help defense and had to close out Beal on occasion and was late. Beal did most of his damage when attacking the paint but could’ve had a bigger output if the long balls were accurate. But he was 8 of 9 shooting inside the arc.

--Brogdon made the start with Matthew Dellavedova, and he’d had great success vs. Washington matched up mostly with Trey Burke. But he had to face Wall and had difficulty running the halfcourt offense. When the second half started, Brogdon couldn’t get them started because of Wall’s pressure and he was quickly pulled for Dellavedova. But Dellavedova (two points) was a diaster offensively and couldn't knock down his open looks. Brogdon returned to lead them in the fourth with 14 points.

--For the second game in a row, Sheldon McClellan (eight points, three rebounds, two steals) is the first shooting guard off the bench and not Marcus Thornton who had another DNP. McClellan doesn’t have to do anything special or try to force shots on offense. He’s there for his defense – Thornton’s weakness – and athleticism as he be effective in the open court. McClellan had a three-point play conversion for a 89-83 lead and took a charge on Parker midway through the fourth. Morris responded with a mid-range jumper for a 91-83 lead. 

--Oubre found his stroke after a bad stretch of games since his Dec. 16 concussion. He was 3-for-7 shooting in the first half and had a strong offensive rebound and putback during a third-quarter run to give the Wizards a 74-68 lead. They had 16 second-chance points at that juncture of the game, a key component in the comeback. The Wizards ended with a 20-4 edge in second-chance points.

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura tops the list of jersey sales in Japan

Today the NBA announced that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has the most popular jersey in Japan.

Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season through January.

Hachimura's ranking shouldn't come as a surprise, as the rookie became the first Japanese-born player selected in the first round of the NBA draft when the Wizards took him ninth overall last summer.

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Wizards and the Warriors. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks rounded out the top five.

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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