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VIDEO: Marcin Gortat drops the hammer on Paul Millsap, literally

VIDEO: Marcin Gortat drops the hammer on Paul Millsap, literally

Most gratifying technical foul of the Wizards' season? Marcin Gortat got T-ed up for making his signature Polish Hammer gesture at Paul Millsap after dunking on his face. 

It was the best. 

As you can see, Gortat muscled up over Millsap for a one-handed dunk – complete with little shove and vicious mean-mug. The hammer afterward was just gratuitous.

The refs seemed to frown on that little sequence, calling a tech. Dennis Schroder sank the free throw on the other end, but Washington was unphased. 

The Wizards finished off the Hawks 114-107 to take Game 1 of the series. 

ortat finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but also found success guarding Hawks center Dwight Howard, limiting him to 7 points on the night. 

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Wizards begin training camp with Dwight Howard and Austin Rivers sidelined with minor injuries

Wizards begin training camp with Dwight Howard and Austin Rivers sidelined with minor injuries

The Wizards began their 2018-19 training camp on Tuesday with some notable absences, as Dwight Howard did not participate at all and Austin Rivers left practice early.

Howard, 32, is dealing with back soreness and worked with the training staff behind closed doors. Once practice was over, he was on the treadmill in the Wizards' weight room.

Rivers, 26, left practice with neck spasms. He was not part of contact drills, according to head coach Scott Brooks, as the discomfort began soon after they started.

Brooks said Howard has not been sent for an MRI as of yet and continued to classify the injury as minor.

"He’s making steady progress. We’re gonna see how he feels in a few days," Brooks said, suggesting Howard could miss more time this week.

"There’s no rush. We don’t play until 24 days [from now]. We’ve got plenty of time. He did make some steady progress."

Howard and Rivers were the Wizards' two biggest offseason additions. Howard was signed as a free agent, while Rivers was brought in via a trade with the L.A. Clippers.

The Wizards do not open their regular season until Oct. 18, but they do begin the preseason on Oct. 1. At this point, both Howard and Rivers are considered day-to-day.

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Dwight Howard blames Shaq's 'insecurity' for their beef

Dwight Howard blames Shaq's 'insecurity' for their beef

Anyone following the Wizards this week probably read something about the back-and-forth between Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal. Here's a refresher if none of that sounds familiar. 

Howard laughed off whatever beef there might be at the Wizards media day podium, but when he got a chance to sit down with Chris Miller, he was more frank about what's going on between them. 

"I like to joke and have fun, but I don't go at other NBA players or NBA vets because I respect all of them because they came before me," Howard told Miller.

"[Shaq] said something online about the whole rings situation. He got rings, I'm not in his league and all that stuff. But if that's your only way to come back at all players, then you really don't have too much to say."

Howard has his own theory about why Shaq might not like him: insecurity.

"I think it's a little insecurity on his part because people call him 'Superman' and they call me 'Superman.' But if I'm an older guy and it's younger players that are being compared to me and they have that same nickname, I want to feel good about it."

About his relationship with the Hall of Fame big man, Howard said he doesn't like it, but has to finally say something. 

"I just think it comes off to me as a little bit insecure when you're taking shots at somebody that's 10, 12 years younger than you." 

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