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Wizards' opponents have mind-blowing, 3-point accuracy

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Wizards' opponents have mind-blowing, 3-point accuracy

NEW ORLEANS -- It's only fitting that Tyreke Evans, a career 27.7% three-point shooter, found the magic touch against the Wizards. The same can be said for Jrue Holiday, who was less than 35% for the season from deep for the New Orleans Pelicans who finished with a franchise-record 16.

The Wizards (9-12) have had a habit of allowing teams to torch them from distance: The Dallas Mavericks made 16-for-31, the Oklahoma City Thunder made 15 of 23, the Indiana Pacers made 19 of 26 and the Toronto Raptors made 11 of 24.  All were losses.

While they achieved their primary objective to prevent Anthony Davis from exploding by fronting him Friday, not getting out to the shooters on time backfired. It's understandable why Evans was left alone.

"Our game plan was let's see if he can make them," point guard John Wall said. "We contested them, but it was a night where he was making them."

Garrett Temple, usually even-keeled even after losses, was angry at himself for allowing Evans to find a rhythm. 

"I'm tired of the moral victories. We're professionals. We're not playing in a YMCA league," said Temple, who started at shooting guard with Bradley Beal out with soreness in his lower right leg. "Honestly, who cares about effort if you can't get wins. We got to win games, man. We got the guys no matter who suits up."

Davis' only three came at 2:35 to tie the score at 103. It wasn't even clean. The ball did a dance around the rim before falling in. The Wizards were leading 27-26 to end the first quarter until a 45-foot heave from Holiday to beat the buzzer went in. In the end, the Pelicans made 16 of 27 for 59.3%. And they didn't have Ryan Anderson because he was out sick.

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The Wizards led 86-79 early in the fourth and Evans made consecutive threes. Eric Gordon, who is shooting 35.2% for the season, shot 3-for-7 from three for New Orleans.

"We gave up too many threes. We got to find a way to contain teams that shoot threes. Tyreke Evans hasn't shot a great percentage from three and he comes out and hits five," Temple, considered the Wizards' best one-on-one defender. "They have 16 as a team and they're one of the last teams in terms of shooting threes. We got to figure out a way to keep teams off the three-point line but not give up blow-bys. 

"I take a lot of responsibility for a couple of Tyreke's threes. Eric's threes. Trying to know my personnel but when Tyreke hits one or two you got to respect him and get into him. Make him beat you in other ways. I think it was more individual defense. We were keying on Anthony obviously but he didn't put us out of position that we couldn't contest and get them off the three-point line."

Wall went back to something he has said before, when the Wizards changed course to a more open-court offensive style and little attention being paid to defense since training camp.

"Everybody was locked in, preach defense, preach defense, preach defense," Wall said of the previous three seasons when the Wizards were a top 10 scoring defense. "This year was kind of backwards. We were trying to preach offense and preach defense last."

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Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards head to the West Coast to open a road swing against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Wizards (0-2) are looking for their first win when the head into Portland to face Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers (2-0).

After this game, the Wizards have a tough stretch ahead of them before playing in D.C. again, playing at: Golden State, Sacramento, LA (Lakers) and Memphis.

WIZARDS vs. TRAIL BLAZERS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat, 2018 NBA regular season Game 3
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
When: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Trail Blazers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Trail Blazers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. TRAIL BLAZERS TV SCHEDULE

8:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

9:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

10:00 PM: Wizards @ Portland Trail Blazers (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Dwight Howard remains day-to-day with a back injury.
Trail Blazers: None

WIZARDS vs. BLAZERS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, Wizards: After becoming the Wizards franchise leader in 3 points on Saturday, it is likely Beal will have a lot to prove to help the team get its first win.

Otto Porter, Jr., Wizards: Porter has had a slow start, so will he take more shots in Portland?

Damian Lillard, Portland: The Blazers' star is leading the way this season averaging 28.5 ppg and 6.5 assists per game. 

WIZARDS vs. BLAZERS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 111 games
Regular Season Record: Blazers lead 57-54
Last Meeting: Wizards won 106-92 in December 2017

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Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Due to an ongoing buttocks injury, Dwight Howard is listed as "out" for the Wizards' Monday night game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. Howard did not travel out west with the team for the five-game trip, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.

The news comes just four days after Wizards head coach Scott Brooks told the media that Howard would "definitely" make the trip. 

The veteran power forward was signed to the Wizards on a two-year free-agent deal in July worth $11 million, but has missed the Wizards' first two games of the regular season and all five of the team's preseason games. 

In Howard's absence, Brooks has turned to Ian Mahinmi, but his foul trouble has proved worrisome for the Wizards' lineup so far.

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