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Wizards' top scorer a game-time decision

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Wizards' top scorer a game-time decision

Wizards leading scorer Jordan Crawford spent most of Tuesday’s practice sitting on a folding chair with a bag of ice wrapped around his left ankle.

Crawford led the Wizards with 21 points in Saturday night’s 89-86 loss to the Boston Celtics but fell hard on his left ankle after driving the lane late in the game. He made the trip to Boston with the team Tuesday night, but according to coach Randy Wittman, Crawford’s availability for Wednesday night’s game in Boston will be determined after pregame warmups.

Crawford laced up his sneakers and tossed a few shots toward the basket near the end of Tuesday’s practice but did not take part in any of the team’s scrimmages.

“I hope he can play,” said Wizards forward  Trevor Booker. “We definitely need him.”

With John Wall [stress injury to right knee] and Nene [plantar fasciitis] sidelined, the Wizards are in need of some offensive weapons and Crawford has been their best with 32 points in the first two games.

Meanwhile, Nene is slowly working his way back from his injury. He spent the end of Tuesday’s practice carefully backing himself toward the basket and rising for shots. He is not pushing hard off either foot but appears to be improving.

At one point late in Tuesday’s practice, Wittman stopped a drill and informed his players that it’s OK to screw up a play, but it’s not OK to give up on a play.

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Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Rui Hachimura continued his dominance in international friendlies Saturday as he put up 31 points and five rebounds in a winning effort over Germany.

After a highlight-reel performance in Thursday's loss to Argentina, Hachimura was back at it two days later.

That block at the 37-second mark is just filthy. It would also be goaltending in the NBA, but FIBA rules allow players to touch the ball at pretty much any time once it's made contact with some part of the hoop. Nevertheless, the athleticism to make this play is what stands out.

But Hachimura wasn't finished.

He looks more like Steph Curry leading that breakaway, dribbling behind his back and finishing at the rim himself than a 6-foot-8 forward.

With the international friendly schedule at its end, Japan will tip off the 2020 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against Turkey. After a matchup with the Czech Republic, Hachimura and Japan will take on his future NBA opponents when they face the United States on Sept. 5.

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Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a blockbuster summer that saw them land Anthony Davis, before he won the NBA Finals as a role player with the Golden State Warriors, and before he averaged double-digit scoring and won the NCAA tournament at Duke, Quinn Cook was a star point guard at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.

Cook was in town this week for his fourth annual youth basketball camp at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover. NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller sat down with the former Stag, who he’s known since the now-Lakers guard was 14 years old, on the Wizards Talk podcast.

Miller talked with Cook about why he feels connected to kids in the local community and what it was like losing his father as a teenager. One of his closest friends is fellow DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, who helped him get through the loss of his father Ted when he died suddenly in 2008 after going into a coma following a colon procedure.

“My best friend Norman and Victor, their parents took them out of school, and they were with me for two weeks,” Cook said. “At the funeral, [head coach Mike] Jones had the entire DeMatha basketball program…come to the funeral and all sit together [with] their uniforms on.”

Cook also went on to talk about his time at Duke, the viral video in which he convinced some people at the mall he was J Cole and his obsession with winning before going into how he landed in Los Angeles this offseason.

“When Golden State withdrew their qualifying offer, I became unrestricted and had some teams call me and the Lakers thing, it just happened quick,” Cook said. “I had talks with them, AD called me, [LeBron James] called Rob Palinka for me, and Coach K called them, talked to Bron and stuff and we got it done.”

Check out the full podcast below and listen to Miller talk hoops every week on the Wizards Talk podcast.

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