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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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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes has confirmed. 

Sheppard had been serving as Washington's interim GM since the firing of Ernie Grunfeld on April 2. He oversaw the Wizards' 2019 NBA Draft selections of Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as their offseason transactions this summer. 

According to Hughes, the Wizards will announce the decision next week, with more changes to follow. 

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