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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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Wizards District Gaming takes JBM with No.1 pick in 2020 NBA 2K League Draft

Wizards District Gaming takes JBM with No.1 pick in 2020 NBA 2K League Draft

Sixty eight gamers' lives changed on Saturday night. 

One of those very lucky individuals was Jack Mascone, who was selected by Wizards District Gaming with the No.1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. 

Wizards’ managing partner Ted Leonsis had a special message for the point guard from New York, who joins the Monumental Sports & Entertainment family. 

“On behalf of the Wizards, Mystics and Go-Go we’d like to welcome JBM to the Monumental basketball family. Congratulations on your hard work paying off. We’re excited to have you run the District with us,” Leonsis said.

Wizards District Gaming also drafted small forward Justin Howell in the second round, No. 30 overall, small forward Antonio Newman, No. 37, and utility Brandon Richardson at No. 51 in the third round. 

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Rui Hachimura's learning curve can be seen on offense late in games

Rui Hachimura's learning curve can be seen on offense late in games

WASHINGTON -- Wizards forward Rui Hachimura has translated so smoothly to the NBA level that it is easy to forget he is still just a rookie with only 31 games under his belt. For a reminder of his inexperience, just look at the fourth quarter.

Hachimura tends to start games hot on the offensive end, like he did on Friday in the Wizards' loss to the Cavaliers when he had eight points by the end of the first quarter. But he scored only nine points after that and went scoreless through seven minutes in the fourth.

That has been a consistent theme for him this season. He averages 4.8 points in the first quarter shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 4.0 points in the second shooting 57 percent and then 4.3 points on 47.9 percent in the third. In the fourth quarter those numbers plummet to 1.9 points on average and 33.3 percent shooting.

Basically, Hachimura often comes out on fire but then slows down considerably once opponents make midgame changes. Against the Cavs, Hachimura said it was because they disrupted passing lanes.

"They are an NBA team. They just adjusted. They didn't want me to catch the ball. They didn't let me just catch the ball. I think that's why," he said.

The Wizards have seen teams switch defensive match-ups midgame to counter Hachimura. Sometimes taking away his midrange jumper will be prioritized. The Cavs seemed to find success playing Hachimura more physically in the second half, bumping him away from his comfort zones.

Over time, Hachimura can improve his ability to sustain scoring throughout games simply by becoming more versatile. The more consistent he becomes at making three-point shots and creating off the dribble, the more difficult it will be for teams to stop him. As long as he keeps improving, he will reach a point where he can stay ahead of the defense with a multitude of counters.

Developing a more reliable outside game and more dribble combinations will take some time. For now, Hachimura believes the key to him keeping up his scoring pace involves working with his teammates, particularly star shooting guard Bradley Beal.

"I just gotta connect more with Brad. Brad is the one everybody is trying to guard. Screens and pick-and-rolls with him, that kind of stuff will help me," Hachimura said.

Hachimura's game against the Cavaliers reflected how the team played overall. After scoring 41 points in the first quarter, they managed only 42 in the second half. They blew a 16-point lead and lost, 113-108.

So, he wasn't alone. And those rooting for Hachimura to round out his game should feel good about his odds. He has a relentless work ethic and is often staying after practice to go over film with player development coach Dave Adkins.

Hachimura is perceptive and driven to improve. In order to take the next step as a scorer, he will have to get better at closing games.

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