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Takeaways from Wizards' win over Knicks to extend home streak to 15

Takeaways from Wizards' win over Knicks to extend home streak to 15

The most unattractive of home wins came against one of the lesser teams the Wizards have played recently, but they still made it 15 in a row at Verizon Center following Tuesday’s 117-101 triumph.

A 16-2 run out of halftime essentially put the game away for the Wizards who matched the longest home win streak since 1989 -- second longest in franchise history -- when they played at Capital Centre. After committing nine first-half turnovers, they only had three in the second.

John Wall posted his 28th double-double (15 points, 13 assists, four rebounds) as all starters scored in double figures for the 17th time this season: Bradley Beal (28 points), Markieff Morris (24 points, 10 rebounds), Marcin Gortat (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Otto Porter (10 points,six rebounds). It’s Gortat’s 27th double-double. Kelly Oubre (14 points) was the high scorer off the bench.

Carmelo Anthony (26 points) led the Knicks but he did most of his damage in the first half when he had 17 by making 7 of 11 shots. That was the extent of New York’s offense which was bogged down with 1 vs. 1 play as Brandon Jennings (21 points) contributed in monopolizing the ball. He was 5-for-16 shooting.

The Knicks (21-29) emptied their bench by 4:42 down 108-89 as they weren’t able to be competitive for long. The last time these teams met, it came down to a final possession on Jan. 19 won by Washington 113-110. They’ve won all three meetings to win the season series.

The Wizards (28-20) are 12-4 in January, tying the Golden State Warriors for the most wins in the new year.

-- Porter used an exercise bike in the first half when he left the game and appeared to favor his right hip that has flared up several times this season. He was 0-for-2 in the first half, didn’t score and had difficulty fighting Anthony for real estate. Porter had a right hip strain last year that knocked him out of action and delayed his rookie season debut in 2013. He didn’t make a three for the first time since Jan. 14.

-- The Knicks aren’t a good defensive team but the Wizards’ first-half turnovers allowed them to stay in it. They only shot 4-for-15 from three-point range which prevented them from going on too big of a spurt but the Knicks did lead by as many as eight points. Courtney Lee, who shoots 42% from three for the season, hasn’t fared well in the three meetings. Combined, he’s 6-for-25 overall shooting in the three games and 2-for-9 from three. The Knicks finished 5-for-24 from three for the game, or 20.8%.

-- Although the Wizards have gone away from relying on pick-and-rolls too much to start offensive sets, the Knicks were so bad at it Gortat got free runs to the front of the rim which is why he was 7-for-7. They also were bad on help rotations when fronting the post. The guard nor the bigs covered well which is why the Wizards shot 55.7% from the field. In 2017, Gortat is 83-for-132, or 63%, in 16 games. 

-- Morris three-pointer broke the 100-point mark for the Wizards with eight minutes left in the fourth. That’s 15 games in a row overall in which they’ve scored 100 or more points. They’ve also scored at least 55 points in the first half in 11 consecutive games.

-- Joakim Noah, started in the middle for the Knicks but he finished with 0 points in 15 minutes and just four rebounds. Noah was signed as a free agent for $26 million a year. 

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Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.

The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.

Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.

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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season. 

Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.

Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.

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Rui Hachimura 'sad' Olympics were delayed, hopes to still play in Tokyo next year

Rui Hachimura 'sad' Olympics were delayed, hopes to still play in Tokyo next year

Though he understands the reasons why, Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura can't help but be disappointed in the postponement of the 2020 Olympics, which were set to take place in Tokyo, Japan later this month.

Hachimura figured to play a prominent role for the host country, as one of Japan's most famous athletes and the best player on their basketball team. The plan is to play the games in 2021, still in Tokyo, and Hachimura hopes that remains the case despite continued uncertainty for all sporting events amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"I'm honestly so sad about it. We can't do anything about it," he said on Friday. "Of course, I would like to play in the Olympics. Next year, we'll see how things go."

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Hachimura had participated in some lead-up press events for the 2020 Olympics representing his country in the months before coronavirus hit. But, really, he had been looking forward to the 2020 Olympics for many years.

Hachimura has already made history as the first Japanese-born player to get selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. The Olympics this year were supposed to be another major step forward for the sport of basketball in Japan.

"Japan Olympics was one of my dreams to do. It was big to me. Ever since I started in basketball, they talked about the Olympics in 2020. Then, this happened," he said.

Hachimura should be able to still participate next year as long as the schedule works out. As of now, the NBA is aiming to begin the 2020-21 season in December. That would put them on track to end in time for Hachimura and other players to play in Tokyo.

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