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Five things you need to know about new Wizard Jabari Parker

Five things you need to know about new Wizard Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker joined the Wizards Thursday night in the deal which sent Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls. Here's five things you need to know about the 23-year old small forward.

1. Parker is the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker, who played six seasons for the Golden State Warriors. He is also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a priest in the church, Parker has performed baptisms and administered sacraments. 

2. Parker was one of the most highly-touted prospects coming out of high school. He was the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2013 according to ESPN, second only to Andrew Wiggins. Parker chose to go to Duke, and was a member of the Blue Devils team upset by Mercer in the round of 64 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. While the Blue Devils underachieved as a team, Parker met all the lofty expectations, recognized as the ACC Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-American after averaging 19.1 and 8.7 rebounds per game.

3. Just like the man he's replacing, Otto Porter, Parker was a lottery pick. He was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. And once again, Parker played second fiddle to Wiggins, who was selected by the Cavaliers with the first overall pick. 

4. Parker has torn the ACL in his left knee TWICE, the first time during his rookie season in Dec. 2014 and again in Feb. 2017. Before the second ACL tear, Parker was in the midst of his best NBA season, averaging 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. 

5. Parker, a Chicago native, signed a two-year, $40 million (second year team option) with the Bulls in the summer of 2018 after the Bucks retracted a qualifying offer to him. He's currently averaging 14.3 points per game for the season, but fell out of Chicago's rotation for a lengthy stretch in December and January. 

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Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a nice win over the Pistons on Martin Luther King Day. 

They won't be able to celebrate for long though as they hit the road to play an extremely good Miami Heat team just a couple of weeks after the Wizards beat them without Bradley Beal. 

Can Washington shock everyone once again and continue to play their best against great teams? Here's what you need to know to watch and find out. 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami, Game 43

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. HEAT TV SCHEDULE

6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live 

7:30 PM: Wizards vs. Heat

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live 

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk 

WIZARDS vs. HEAT INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Rui Hachimura (OUT, groin), Garrison Mathews (OUT, ankle), Moe Wagner (OUT, ankle),  John Wall (OUT, Achilles)

Heat: Jimmy Butler (Day-to-day, hip), Justise Winslow (OUT, back)

 

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Pistons fans took their team's loss to Bradley Beal and the Wizards hard

Pistons fans took their team's loss to Bradley Beal and the Wizards hard

The Wizards' win over the Pistons featured plenty of memorable moments. 

You had ankle breakers, missed dunks, flagrant fouls and lost teeth all in one afternoon. If you're a Wizards fan, you were feeling good through most of it because your team got the win and were on the right side of said ankle breakers, missed dunks and lost teeth. 

Pistons fans, on the other hand, were not feeling too great, so we're here to compile the best of their reactions to their team falling to the Wizards on Martin Luther King Day. 

Beal crosses Drummond out of his shoes 

Bradley Beal had the nastiest crossover of the year for the Wizards causing Andre Drummond to stumble across the floor before hitting a stepback three at the end of the shot clock.

Some Pistons fans were disgusted with their big man for getting embarrassed on the court like that, while some were naturally in denial. 

"Another reason to trade Drummond," wrote @ShaySharpeSZN.

"He pushed him off then Drummond tripped over his shoe lol," said @pistonswave.

"Looks like a push off to me," per @mcbaj89.

Markieff Morris vs. Davis Bertans

Markieff Morris and Davis Bertans can't seem to get along.

This is the second time they've gotten into it this season, and this time Morris was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul for hitting Bertans across the face. He was immediately ejected leading to a storm of tweets criticizing how soft the NBA has grown. 

"Garbage officiating. Clearly a flagrant. But not a 2. This league is a joke," said @Alexdf71.

"That should only be a flagrant 1, the NBA is too strict nowadays I understand safety but that really wasn't that bad," wrote @AGK9271.

"Lmaoooooooooo weakest flagrant 2 in NBA history," said @RyanLaprade

Drummond loses a tooth

Drummond had a rough day on Monday. He got crossed up, missed a wide-open dunk and lost a tooth in the same game. 

As time wound down in the fourth quarter, Thomas Bryant hit Drummond in the mouth with his elbow and knocked one of his teeth right out. Following Morris' ejection earlier in the game, Detroit fans were upset Bryant didn't get called for a foul. Then, of course, there was the hockey fan that chimed in to give his two cents on how much tougher hockey players are. 

"No foul, bet if Drummond did it he'd be ejected," wrote @VisiblePepper. 

"Drummond just got hit in the face, lost a tooth, and didn't get a foul call. Markieff accidentally hits a guy in the face contesting a shot, Flagrant 2," said @ImMartinHi

"Andre Drummond ($28m per year) gets tooth knocked out: kicks a chair, leaves the game, whines about it on Twitter. Paul Statsny ($6.5 m per year) gets multiple teeth knocked out: Picks up his teeth and returns to the bench for the next shift. Toughen up, please," wrote @LabDetroit.

The Wizards will hit the road and visit the Heat in Miami on Wednesday for the first leg of a back-to-back. Let's see if they can repeat their surprising win from a few weeks ago and make Heat fans mad once again. 

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