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NBA 2K20 Wizards simulation: Rui Hachimura’s career night helps Wizards notch important win over Nets

NBA 2K20 Wizards simulation: Rui Hachimura’s career night helps Wizards notch important win over Nets

The Washington Wizards season, along with the rest of the NBA, has been put on hold for at least 30 days due to the spread of the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find out what might’ve happened in postponed games. In an effort to see how Wizards games could have played out, I started a season on NBA 2K20 for the PlayStation 4 video game console. This also will simulate the results of other games to determine how the final playoff picture could shake out.

The Wizards entered Wednesday’s game with an undefeated record against the Brooklyn Nets this season after beating them twice at Capital One Arena in February. Now the Wizards were tasked with getting a road win against the Nets, something that has proved difficult for them no matter the team. Rookie Rui Hachimura rose to the occasion and scored a career-high 33 points to lead Washington to a 129-121 victory.

With the win, the Nets’ lead over the Wizards for eighth place in the Eastern Conference is down to just four games. Washington also notched back-to-back road victories for the first time this season and its first overall three-game winning streak.

The Wizards are 3-1 in simulations and this game was easily the most competitive from start to finish. Washington did build a double-digit lead at several points throughout, but Brooklyn always bounced back with a run of its own. Caris LeVert gave Bradley Beal fits all game, scoring a game-high 37 points to keep his team in it. The game was never in hand until it was.

Washington Wizards  33 28 34 34 [129]

Brooklyn Nets             30 30 27 34 [121]


Top Performers - Wizards

Rui Hachimura: 33 Pts (15-20 FG), 7 Reb

Bradley Beal: 30 Pts (11-28 FG), 5 Ast

Ish Smith: 16 Pts (7-8 FG)

Top Performers - Nets

Caris LeVert: 37 Pts, 6-11 (3-pt FG)

Spencer Dinwiddie: 27 Pts, 12 Ast

DeAndre Jordan: 23 Pts (11-13 FG), 15 Reb, 7 Blk, 3 Stl

Third Quarter

Bradley Beal has been quietly subpar during Washington’s winning streak. He’s scoring a lot of points but not shooting the ball very well. That continued in this one, with his effectiveness being limited in quarters one, two and four. As a result, the total score of those quarters was a wash -- one point differential. The third quarter is where the Wizards won this game -- outscored the Nets 34-27 -- and not coincidentally, it was Beal’s best quarter. He scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and was +7 in the period, despite a -11 overall for the game.


Point Guard Play

Ish Smith provided a scoring punch off the bench that was absolutely necessary whenever Hachimura and Beal were off. He controlled the pace, slowing the game down with Washington’s studs off the court and providing timely baskets when others struggled to get free. Smith tied Jerome Robinson with a game-high +15. Starting point guard Shabazz Napier has been the unsung hero of this winning streak, recording double-digit assists in each game. He did it again against the Nets, this time with 12. He was also a major factor in pushing the pace for the starting unit. Washington outscored Brooklyn 36-17 on fast break points.

Rookie Sensation

Hachimura was truly unstoppable from the opening tip. He gave Wilson Chandler, and anyone else who tried to guard him, fits on the low block. The rookie scored 14 of his 33 points in the first quarter to help Washington keep up with Brooklyn while LeVert was going off (16 in the first). This was his second career 30-point game, as he scored exactly 30 on the road against the Clippers on Dec. 1.


Next Game: The Wizards finish up their East Coast road swing Friday in Atlanta. If they can push the winning streak to four games, playoff expectations ramp up a bit.

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Bradley Beal sends a series of tweets following riots in Minneapolis and other cities

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Bradley Beal sends a series of tweets following riots in Minneapolis and other cities

Wizards guard Brad Beal sent out a series of tweets Saturday morning in response to the unrest in several cities across the country following the death of George Floyd. 

Floyd, a black man, died in police custody after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes. His death sparked civil unrest in Minneapolis, MN, Atlanta, GA, Richmond, VA and New York City, NY this week. Several other cities saw protests, such as Los Angeles, Louisville and Memphis.

"I just do not understand why we loot from our own!" Beal stated in his first tweet. 

Most of his tweets were used to speak on robbing and looting businesses in an individual's own hometown. 

"Some people work hard for the businesses they have. And people rob and loot their place to leave them high and dry, for what? What point you proving by taking something and burning things of someone who had nothing to do with the situation?" Beal said in one tweet. 

"Black, white, green, it don’t matter. It makes no sense to take something from someone, when they have nothing to do with what’s going on in the world!! Especially when it’s all people have," Beal said.

Beal calls for the protestors' rage to not be directed to corporations, but rather at the system that has led to injustice.

"100% but our rage is directed to the wrong people. We taken it towards corporate, and these businesses that had nothing to do with what happened!! it needs to be directed to the system!!! We have a million social issues we have to fix, hell within our own communities too!" Beal said.

"I feel you, those feelings of pains. Years of suffering can never be replaced. But we have to ACT now, but in a different matter. We’ve been looting and rioting for years and no change. We gotta do something else!" Beal said.

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Wizards reopen practice facilities after closing for two-plus months due to coronavirus

Wizards reopen practice facilities after closing for two-plus months due to coronavirus

After closing down for nearly three months due to the coronavirus, the Wizards are back up and running at their practice facility in Southeast Washington.

The team began holding voluntary individual workouts on Friday with a set of strict guidelines to protect everyone's safety. Each player can work with one coach on each halfcourt at the facility. Everyone in the building has to wear masks, save for the players when they are in the middle of workouts.

All equipment will be sanitized and cleaned after each use. And players and staff will undergo symptom and temperature tests before entering the building.

No media or general staff will be allowed in the building. Anyone who does enter is advised to wait in their car once they arrive and be brought in one at a time by trainers.

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This is just the first step for the Wizards as they aim to resume games at some point. The NBA is mulling a variety of scenarios to continue the 2019-20 season, most of which would include the Wizards playing more games, either in the regular season or an expanded playoff tournament.

The Wizards had to wait longer than most NBA teams to open their practice facility due to their local stay-at-home order. Earlier in the month, it appeared May 15 would be the day they would reopen, but D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser extended the city's social distancing guidelines.

When the Wizards will next be able to play a game, or even scrimmage, is not yet clear. But on Friday they took one step closer towards returning to action.

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