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Wizards will rest John Wall on back-to-backs until further notice

Wizards will rest John Wall on back-to-backs until further notice

After relying heavily on John Wall in the previous game, Wizards coach Scott Brooks said before tipoff vs. the Atlanta Hawks on Friday that he was concerned about wearing down his point guard too much. He won't play Saturday in their first back-to-back of the season vs. the Orlando Magic which will open the door for rookie Tomas Satoransky to make his first start.

"John's minutes were really good tonight," Brooks said after Wall put up 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 33 minutes. "Part of his rehab plan was to be real cognizant of his minutes. Tomorrow, part of the plan is he's not going to play in the back-to-back. He might not play in the first few. That's all fluid."

With Trey Burke being unproductive for the first three games, Brooks has gone away from him as the primary backup. Satoransky relieved Wall in this one and played 22 minutes, posting a modest stat line of four points, three rebounds and one assist. 

But the second-unit offense ran smoother with him on the floor and he shared a three-guard backcout in the fourth quarter for the second game in a row with Wall and Bradley Beal (and Marcus Thornton when Beal leaves).

'Tomas stepped up tonight," Brooks said after a 95-92 win over Atlanta. "He's a multiple (position) defender."

Brooks wouldn't commit to saying Satoransky would be in the starting lineup.

"There's a good chance. I've been thinking about it because I knew this was the plan going forward. I like how he plays," Brooks said of Satoransky, a 6-7 combo guard who played professionally in Spain for four years before joining the team that drafted him in 2012. 

Wall, who had surgeries on both knees May 5, played 37 minutes Wednesday in a loss to the Toronto Raptors. Beal, who has had a history of stress reactions in his lower right leg, played 39 minutes for the second game in a row. 

This means Beal will have to carry more of the offensive load in Orlando and be monitored closely as the Wizards play their third game in four days.

"Looking back after last game, I played him a few minutes too many," Brooks said about Wall before Friday's game. "Not that I put him in harm’s way, I need to have better performance from our bench. Last game we did not have that."

 

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Bradley Beal becomes youngest player in NBA history to reach 900 career 3-pointers

Bradley Beal becomes youngest player in NBA history to reach 900 career 3-pointers

Before Wednesday's Wizards-Cavs game, J.R. Smith held the record for youngest NBA player to reach 900 career 3-pointers. 

With 4:31 left in the opening quarter. Bradley Beal caught a pass from Otto Porter and knocked down his 900th career triple

The 25-year-old is a career 39 percent 3-point shooter. Through 13 games this season, Beal is stroking it at 34 percent, but scoring in a variety of ways this season with an average of over 22 points per game. 

Washington is looking for its third consecutive win. 

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Former Hoya great Jeff Green says slow your roll on Mac McClung

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Former Hoya great Jeff Green says slow your roll on Mac McClung

Through three games as a freshman for the Georgetown Hoyas, Mac McClung has lived up to his hype as a social media sensation, at least when it comes to his ability to wow crowds with high-flying dunks. 

McClung has a long way to go to become a true star in college basketball, but the kid can fly. Already, he has provided several viral highlights.

Wizards forward Jeff Green is one of the best players in Georgetown's decorated basketball history, and on Wednesday after shootaround, he weighed in on McClung's flashy start.

Green, now an 11-year NBA veteran, spoke from the perspective of a guy who's been around the block. He says people should calm down a bit and wait to see what McClung becomes.

"Yeah. I've seen a lot of him. The guy has been great, but it's not just him. I think because of the internet people have just focused on him," Green said. 

Green went on to reference McClung's famous YouTube mixtapes some more.

"It's just the way the world is. People are focused on the internet and he's all over the internet and that's all you think about. They have a good collection of guys," he said. "Georgetown is a team. It's not just one person." 

Now, just because Green was downplaying the hype for McClung, who last year set the Virginia state high school scoring record, and did so by passing former Hoya great Allen Iverson, doesn't mean he isn't a fan. Green thinks McClung has a chance to be really good and probably far surpass his three-star recruiting grade.

"It's not hype. The kid is good," Green said. "You can't put these expectations. What have people been calling him? White Iverson. There's no other player that's gonna be Allen Iverson. He's gonna be who he's gonna be."

Green gave a further explanation that seemed to suggest the word 'expectations' had struck a cord. Green himself was a three-star recruit and went on to exceed that grade by becoming the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

"People put expectations on other people and then when they don't grow into those expectations, in their eyes he's a bad player. You can't do that. Let him grow into what he's going to be and then you define him," Green said.