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Wizards' Bojan Bogdanovic searching for rhythm as defenses adjust

Wizards' Bojan Bogdanovic searching for rhythm as defenses adjust

The shooting rhythm Bojan Bogdnavic had for weeks after the Wizards acquired him at the trade deadline has been missing in recent games. Bogdanovic finished the regular season shooting just 37.8 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three in his last five games. Then, on Sunday in Washington's Game 1 win against the Hawks, he shot just 2-for-8 from the field and missed his only three attempt.

Bogdanovic was brought in to add scoring to the Wizards' bench and that impact will likely be needed at some point this postseason. The veteran small forward says defenses have adjusted and now he just has to counter.

"They’re taking my shots away," he said. "I have to be aggressive. I had enough shots. I just have to knock them out.“

Bogdanovic went on a run from Feb. 26 through March 24 where he averaged 15.6 points on 48.1 percent from the field and 42 percent from three. He was getting wide open looks, especially from three as the Wizards spread the floor with multiple shooters. Now teams are watching him closely beyond the arc and anticipating his moves off screens.

[RELATED: Millsap thinks trash talking by Morris, Wizards a trap for Hawks]

Bogdanovic missed all three of his shots in the first half of Game 1, including an open hook shot from about five feet out. That's the one that stands out most to Bogdanovic and it was part of a second quarter where the Wizards scored just 20 points and shot only 30.4 percent. 

“I just have to stay aggressive on both sides of the floor. (Sunday) night I missed a couple of really easy buckets, especially the first one after the offensive rebound," he said.

John Wall, Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris led the way in Game 1, but the playoffs have shown over the years that secondary scoring can go a long way for teams that make deep playoff runs. Bogdanovic is the Wizards' best scorer off the bench and could play a big role in some of these games.

"I need a couple buckets to effect the game in the right way," he said.

[RELATED: Millsap sees Morris, Wizards' trash talking as a trap]

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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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