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Scott Brooks issues strong defense of Wizards' locker room after John Wall controversy

Scott Brooks issues strong defense of Wizards' locker room after John Wall controversy

Tuesday must have been an interesting day for Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, as his star point guard John Wall did a series of television interviews in which he addressed criticism of himself and his relationship with teammates out in the open for the public to see.

Wall was characteristically honest and acknowledged that Marcin Gortat had irked him with a tweet and that he wasn't a huge fan of Bradley Beal's "everybody eats" comments. Fans and media took what Wall said as confirmation there were fractures in the Wizards' locker room and that Wall was to blame.


Brooks, like his players, insists that was all overblown.

"For people to think that we're not better with John, that's for clickbait," he said. "It's unfortunate that he had to defend himself. You wish he wouldn't have to. Sometimes you have to."

Brooks cited specific games with Wall on the floor where they had high assist totals like on Christmas Day against the Celtics when they had 26 assists and earned an impressive road win. He pointed out how the Wizards are fifth in the NBA in assists per game.

Brooks also noted how Wall leads the Eastern Conference in assists per game.

"It's not like we just started passing the ball," Brooks said. "I know John is so unselfish."


Wall's interview left the impression he has beef with both Gortat and Beal. But Brooks said he's not worried about any division between them because it's nothing out of the ordinary from his long NBA career.

"You're going to have some disagreements with players. It won't be our last one," Brooks said, raising his voice. "You wants competitive guys. You don't want everyone to just get along and have a bunch of High School Harry's. You want to be able to have guys that are competitive that will challenge each other and fight each other in practice in a competitive way. If you're not competitive then you will stink."

Brooks is also used to reading and hearing stuff through the media. He called what Wall did, airing dirty laundry on TV, as "part of being a coach." Clearly the Wizards weren't too worried about team chemistry with how they treated the trade deadline, as they had no major shakeup, just a minor deal that sent second-year guard Sheldon Mac to to Atlanta Hawks.


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WATCH: Rui Hachimura throws down a vicious dunk and lets the Heat know it

WATCH: Rui Hachimura throws down a vicious dunk and lets the Heat know it

Rui Hachimura is one of the more soft-spoken players on the Wizards, but you wouldn't be able to collect that from his highlight dunk Friday night in Miami. 

Early in the second quarter while the Wizards were riding the momentum from their win over Philadelphia the night before, Hachimura threw down a loud one-handed slam to give them a 12-point lead. 

Then he let out a scream to let the entire arena know what they just witnessed. 

Hachimura has struggled most of the year with finishing through contact inside. Over the last two weeks, he's had the two best games of his career against the Clippers (30 points) and Sixers (27) due in large part to the rookie playing with more physicality offensively. 

The Wizards have to like what they've seen out of Hachimura already this season, and these kinds of incremental growths are all you can really ask for from a first-round pick. 

Hachimura seemed to hit a wall two weeks ago, but he adjusted tried playing with more physicality and it's paying off for him. 


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Wizards vs Clippers Game: TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

Wizards vs Clippers Game: TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

Ridden with injuries, the Wizards are making the most of their lineups and squeezing out victories every chance they get.

The Clippers have an eye for winning lately, and will put up a tough fight at Capital One Arena for Sunday evening's show to go with your dinner.

Here's all the information to tune in.


What: Washington Wizards vs LA Clippers, Game 22

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Sunday, December 8, at 6:00 p.m. ET

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

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

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


5:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

5:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

6:00 PM: NBA: Los Angeles Clippers @ Wizards (LIVE)

8:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

9:00 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)