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Wizards PG Wall waiting to practice, test knee

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Wizards PG Wall waiting to practice, test knee

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards point guard John Wall figures there is no way he will miss the entire season.

Still, he said there's only ``a 50-50 chance'' his injured left knee will respond well when swelling subsides, which he hopes will happen later this week.

``I'm still waiting for my pain and swelling to go down to see what I can do on the court, but just trying to stay strong,'' Wall said Monday in a rare session with reporters.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft visited a doctor in New York on Friday, getting a lubricating injection in the knee - and what Wall called ``good news'' about being able to ramp up his recovery work.

``I've got more of a smile on my face, a little bit,'' Wall said with a slight twinge of his upper lip that certainly wouldn't be mistaken for a smile.

There hasn't been much to laugh about this season for the NBA-worst Wizards, who are 3-18 heading into their game against the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Wall hasn't participated in a full practice, let alone played in a game, this season. The swelling in his knee prevents him from testing it with running and cutting on court.

He's not sure what he'll find out when he finally gets to do that.

``That's a 50-50 chance you've got,'' Wall said. ``You never know how it's going to go. Hopefully, it heals the right way.''

As far as missing the full season, Wall said: ``I'm not thinking like that.''

He knows, however, that his impact will be limited whenever he returns.

``I don't think I'll have to be heroic, because I'm still going to have to be playing a certain time limit if I come - whenever I come - back, because I'm not going to be fully in the best of shape or play 40 minutes a game like I was used to doing,'' Wall said.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he speaks with Wall every day, trying to keep up the young point guard's spirits. But the coach acknowledged it's frustrating not knowing when Wall will return - only one of several injuries on the team.

``If anybody knows an exorcist that can come into this building - I don't believe in that stuff, but I'm not going to stop it,'' Wittman said.

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That time Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray practiced together

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That time Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray practiced together

Thanks to Antonio Brown, we have the hopes and dreams of a splashy off-season for the Washington Redskins in one tidy four-second video.

Brown, the NFL’s best receiver, is angling for a trade out of Pittsburgh.

Kyler Murray is the reigning Heisman Trophy quarterback and a projected 2019 first round pick.

During the NFC Championship game, the Steelers wide receiver tweeted out a clip of him hauling in a deep pass from the University of Oklahoma product. Yes, that’s going to draw some eyeballs, perhaps especially from fans of a team with quarterback uncertainty and lacking offensive playmakers.

Another OU standout, wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown”, joined his cousin Antonio and Murray for the workout. This isn’t the first time all three shared a field.

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Marquise Brown, a true speed threat, could become the first wide receiver selected in the 2019 draft.

There’s no way for the Redskins to land all three. Even two seems highly unlikely considering the two prospects are projected first-round selections and acquiring Brown would cost a No. 1 and plenty more. It’s still cool to dream. Considering the quarterback concerns with Alex Smith, Jamison Crowder entering free agency and the need for more pieces regardless, even landing one of them would work.

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Defense optional as Caps handed 8-5 loss in Chicago

Defense optional as Caps handed 8-5 loss in Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks handed the Capitals their fifth straight loss on Sunday in an ugly 8-5 defeat. All five of Washington's goals came from defensemen as the team's top forwards continued to struggle.

Here are five reasons the Caps lost.

Missed early opportunities

The game got off to a great start. Tom Wilson fed Jakub Vrana in the middle for a great early opportunity and Lars Eller had another shot with the rebound. Washington also got a power play less than two minutes into the game and was brilliant with the setup, keeping the puck in the zone for the full two minutes and getting a number of high-quality opportunities.

But they didn’t score and that soon loomed very large.

Brandon Saad put Chicago on the board 6:36 into the first and Patrick Kane scored 80 seconds later to make it 2-0, thus erasing the Caps’ strong start.

The goals have been hard to come by for the Caps so when they had the opportunity to take the early lead, they absolutely had to finish. They didn’t and the game got away from them as a result.

A bad play by Madison Bowey

Bowey will be cringing at the replay of the Saad goal for a while. Saad broke the puck out of the defensive zone and carried it into the neutral zone. Bowey had a bead on him until Saad cut to the center. Suddenly Bowey was caught flat footed. He reached for Saad with a weak stick check which Saad easily fought through with no real resistance and he was in on net. He finished the play with the game’s first goal.

 An own-goal

This was really the moment when you realized this was not going to be a good day for Washington.

Down 2-0, Brooks Orpik managed to sneak a softy through goalie Colin Delia to make it 2-1. Just 28 seconds later, however, bad luck struck the Caps yet again.

Dmitry Orlov and Jonathan Toews battled for the puck right in front of the crease and it bounced into he air. Orlov swiped at it with his glove to try to clear it from danger, but instead knocked it right over Holtby and into the net. The own goal made it 3-1 and signaled that Washington was in for a long day.

An ill-advised penalty

This game felt like it quickly was getting out of hand. Somehow, however, the Caps managed to keep things close. Dmitry Orlov snuck another squeaker through Delia in the second and John Carlson fired a one-timer early in the third to make the score 4-3. All of a sudden, the Caps had signs of life. With all the momentum on their side, however, Nicklas Backstrom was whistled for hooking Toews just 23 seconds later.

You could tell what was about to happen.

Sure enough, Kane scored 13 seconds into the power play to restore the Blackhawks’ two-goal lead.

The Toews hat trick

Once again, Washington tried to battle back. Matt Niskanen scored with just over six minutes remaining in the game, the fifth goal from a Caps’ defenseman, to pull the score to 6-5. Toews provided the coffin nail just over a minute later with an absolutely brutal play on Orlov.

Toews entered the offensive zone and Orlov took an awful approach. Toews finessed the puck right in front of Orlov which he should have been able to easily sweep away. Instead, he whiffed completely allowing Toews to regain the puck, step past Orlov and fired it under the pad and into the net.

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