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Markieff Morris smacks Davis Bertans in the face, gets ejected for Flagrant 2

Markieff Morris smacks Davis Bertans in the face, gets ejected for Flagrant 2

What does Markieff Morris have against Davis Bertans?

Maybe it's unfortunate timing in the flow of the game, maybe he views Bertans as a rival as his former team's current power forward. 

Maybe it's nothing, but Morris had an altercation with Bertans for the second time this season on Monday.

Back in December, Morris threw Bertans to the ground and earned himself a Flagrant 1 foul for it. Bertans also had some choice words for him that you can make out if you're good at reading lips. 

Then on Monday, Bertans was going up for layup and Morris smacked him on the head, and for whatever reason, continued to grab the sharpshooter's face as he landed. Morris was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and was ejected following the play. 

Morris spent about three seasons in DC and was the Wizards de-facto tough guy through two playoff appearances and one series win.

Morris routinely got into altercations with other players, whether it was Al Horford, Isaiah Thomas or OG Anunoby, Morris wasn't afraid to get in another player's face.

But Bertans? It's hard to understand what Morris has against him, but it's probably for the best that the Wizards don't have to play the Pistons again this season. 

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Wizards vs. Nets: time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Nets: time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Wizards enter Wednesday's matchup with the Nets having lost three straight games since the All-Star break, but not all losses are created equal.

First, they fell at home to the struggling Cavaliers, followed by a road loss to the also-struggling Bulls. Then, they took the Bucks, the best team in basketball, to overtime in a thrilling 137-134 loss Monday night.

The real story, though, is the recent play of Bradley Beal. The Wizards' star has scored at least 25 points in 15 straight games, the second-longest streak in team history. 

More importantly, he dropped 53 and 55 points in back-to-back nights Sunday and Monday. He's the first NBA player to reach 50 points in back-to-back losses in more than 50 years, and he has the most combined points in back-to-back games in franchise history.

The biggest question Wednesday night will be what he has in store for a follow up. Here is everything you need to know.

WIZARDS vs. NETS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

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

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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. NETS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders

6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Nets

9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

10:00 PM: DC Sports Live

10:30 PM: Wizards Talk

WIZARDS vs. NETS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, Wizards (30.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.0 APG): Beal has scored 53 and 55 points in his last two games, the first player in franchise history to score at least 50 in back-to-back nights. What will he do for an encore?

Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets (20.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 6.7 APG):  With Kyrie Irving out for the season, Dinwiddie is the Nets' leading scorer and assist man. He will be charged with going toe-to-toe with the scorching hot Beal.

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Bradley Beal's brilliance is worth appreciating, no matter the games ending in losses

Bradley Beal's brilliance is worth appreciating, no matter the games ending in losses

WASHINGTON -- You don't often see emotions mixed in basketball to the degree they were for Bradley Beal on Monday night. After his team fell just short against the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime, he described the game as simultaneously "terrible" and "the most fun [he's] ever played in."

That is a bizarre range of extremes. But it also makes perfect sense if you either watched the game or took a glance at where Beal's recent surge has placed in NBA history.

Take for instance the fact Beal scored 55 points, a career-high, one night after setting a career-high with 53 points against the Bulls. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1962, 58 years ago, to have 53 points or more in consecutive games and lose both of them.

Two losses in two games, but 108 points scored. That will certainly leave you conflicted.

Also look at the way the game transpired. Beal scored 22 of the Wizards' final 24 points in regulation to force overtime. It was a miracle effort against a Bucks team currently on pace for the third-most regular season wins in NBA history. The 20-35 Wizards even forcing an extra period against this team and after trailing by 20 points was impressive in its own right.

Still, they lost. And that left Beal talking out both sides of his mouth.

"I'm a winner, so you can throw those 55 out with the last 53," Beal said seconds before adding: "We showed some resilience. In our head, we're viewing this as a first round match-up if we get [to the playoffs]. This is kind of our message to them."

Really though, no matter the result, this was arguably the best game of Beal's career and not just because of the point total. You could build a case for other games of his, ones where he had triple-doubles or that actually resulted in Wizards wins. But scoring 22 of his team's 24 points in a span of about seven minutes to will them to overtime was a next-level takeover. 

And Beal happened to have this night with the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and fellow All-Star Khris Middleton on the court. Beal, of course, was not a 2020 All-Star and this was yet another moment that made people say he should have been one.

"He’s an All-Star," guard Shabazz Napier said. "We expect that."

Beal was not an All-Star, though. And the more he plays like this, the more he does indeed make it seem ludicrous he wasn't one. After these last two games, for example, he is now averaging 30.1 points per game, the most in the Eastern Conference. Only James Harden (35.3) is averaging more this season.

Speaking of Harden and Chamberlain, Beal joined them as one of only three players in NBA history to score 53 points or more in consecutive games. He is the first to drop 50 on back-to-back nights since Kobe Bryant in 2007. Those are some of the very best scorers of all-time.

So, maybe Beal's name wasn't included with Middleton and Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons, and the other Eastern Conference All-Star reserves. For now, he will just have to settle with Chamberlain, Bryant and Harden instead.

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