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Upset writer suggests Wizards owe Warriors an apology, not the other way around

Upset writer suggests Wizards owe Warriors an apology, not the other way around

After a late three-point attempt by JaVale McGee on Sunday in what ended up as a blowout in Oakland, the Wizards made it clear they thought the Warriors owed them an apology.

But Jon Becker, a writer for the San Jose Mercury News, firmly believes it's Washington who should be saying sorry, and not Golden State.

The basis behind Becker's take, which he published on Monday, is that the Wizards have hoisted three shots that are similar to McGee's in the past few months (he cites them, too, after clearly having done his research). He even calls Scott Brooks' team "hypocritical" for complaining about what McGee did.

"The Washington Wizards, who felt disrespected by JaVale McGee’s late-game 3-point attempt in the final seconds of the Warriors’ blowout win Sunday, apparently forgot they’ve shot three similar final-second shots recently in lopsided victories," he writes in a brief post that is pretty warm, if not hot.

What's different about the Wizards' examples, though, is that the players who attempted them (one belonged to Trey Burke with the other two coming from Tomas Satoransky) are guys who are more accustomed to spotting up from deep.

McGee, on the other hand, is a 7-foot center who has tried just 10 field goals from beyond the arc in his career. That added another layer to Washington's frustration and made the sequence feel more circus-like.

You can read his full post below. Fortunately, the Wizards return to action on Tuesday and will hopefully put this issue behind them once and for all:

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Cavaliers reportedly parting ways with coach John Beilein ahead of matchup with Wizards

Cavaliers reportedly parting ways with coach John Beilein ahead of matchup with Wizards

As the Wizards continue to enjoy the All-Star break and prepare for the stretch run toward the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, their first opponent following the break just made a significant change to their team. 

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jason Lloyd, the Cavaliers and head coach John Beilein have agreed to part ways after 54 games. It was Beilein's first year on the job after a 12-year run at Michigan. 

Cleveland is expected to promote associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to replace Beilein. 

According to The Athletic's report, several factors weighed on Beilein and the Cavaliers' decision to part ways, including the team's on-and-off-court struggles, and his son's resignation at Niagra University. The Cavs were 14-40 under their new head coach this season. 

For the Wizards, they're in a position to build off a two-game winning streak they built going into the All-Star break with a matchup against a bad Cavaliers team going through major structural changes. Though it's possible the Cavs could play better under new leadership. 

Entering Friday's clash with the Cavs, Washington sits three games behind the Magic for the last playoff spot in the East. 

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Monumental Sports auctioning off Wizards, Capitals gear in tribute of Kobe Bryant

Monumental Sports auctioning off Wizards, Capitals gear in tribute of Kobe Bryant

Capitals, Mystics and Wizards gear, including those worn in tribute of the late Kobe and Gianna Bryant, are being auctioned off by the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation with all proceeds going to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation and the MambaOnThree Fund.

The auction began at noon Tuesday and will be open until the end of the second intermission of the Capitals’ game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Some of the items available include an autographed No. 24 jersey Alex Ovechkin wore during pregame warmups Jan. 29 and signed Wizards “City Edition” jerseys that feature No. 8 or 24 with Bryant's name on them.

The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation assists children and families in low-income communities by carrying out charitable initiatives through sports in memory of the Bryants who died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26.

The MambaOnThree Fund was set up to provide financial assistance to the other families who lost loved ones in the crash.

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