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Sources: Wizards are interviewing candidates for a new assistant coach on Scott Brooks' staff

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Sources: Wizards are interviewing candidates for a new assistant coach on Scott Brooks' staff

The Washington Wizards are interviewing candidates to add a new assistant coach to Scott Brooks' staff, NBC Sports Washington has learned. They have already spoken to several people in recent weeks.

Brooks indicated at the end of the 2018-19 season there would be changes to his group of assistants. It is unclear what level of assistant the Wizards are seeking, but there has been talk within the organization of finding someone with a strong defensive track record. 

Last season, the Wizards finished 28th in defensive rating and 29th in points allowed. They have already replaced many of the players on their roster this summer, but have done little to help their defense.

Brooks made changes to his coaching staff last summer as well. He promoted Ryan Richman and hired Robert Pack after Sidney Lowe and Chad Iske left to join other teams. As of the end of last season, much of Brooks' staff did not have contracts for 2019-20, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Another consideration for the Wizards in hiring a new assistant is player development. That is always important, but more so now with an especially young Wizards roster. They have to make sure guys like Rui Hachimura, Moe Wagner, Troy Brown Jr. and Admiral Schofield develop good habits as young players. 

The Wizards, of course, are still searching for a new team president. Tommy Sheppard has been running the show with an interim tag. So, this now makes two openings for the Wizards to fill.

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Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

He may have not been on an actual basketball court, but Rui Hachimura must have still broken a sweat during his NBA 2K matchup with Donovan Mitchell on Sunday.

He needed a real-life water break - and even had some help from a waterboy.

Hachimura, the 13 seed, took on four-seed Mitchell in the NBA 2K20 Player Tournament, and came out with a 74-71 victory. 

The winner of the tournament receives $100,000 to go to a charity in support of coronavirus relief efforts.

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Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

The Wizards picked up their sixth-straight win in eight games in Sunday night’s NBA 2K simulation, beating the Indiana Pacers 67-51 on the road.  

Bradley Beal wasted no time getting things started, knocking down an early three to put the Wizards on the board.   

Later in the second, Beal proved just how difficult he is to guard. With an assist from Davis Bertans, Beal finished with a huge slam to lift the Wizards over the Pacers 30-28, closing out the half.

Beal finished the game with 23 points in 21 minutes. 

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Rui Hachimura shows off

The rookie set the tone with a big alley-oop dunk in the first quarter, extending Washington’s lead by seven. He had 12 points at the end of the first half with 10 in the paint. 

Hachimura came back fueled up in the third, knocking the ball loose from T.J. Warren with a steal and dunk. 

 

Hachimura finished with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals. 

Game of runs 

Washington took advantage of a set pace to take an early lead over Indiana. The Wizards started the game with both a 7-0 and 13-2 run in the first quarter. 

The Pacers used their defense to answer in the second, taking the lead on a 22-6 run before the Wizards followed with a 16-6 run to end the quarter 35-30 at the half.

It got pretty close early in the third when Indiana went on a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 39-38 but the Wizards were able to fully reload going on a 13-2 run.

The Wizards would go on to continue the run to 29-9 later in the fourth to extend the lead to 19 with 35 seconds left.  

Washington had 11 offensive rebounds, nine steals (eight of which came in the second half alone) and 21 assists on 27 made field goals. 

Big man in the paint

Thomas Bryant controlled the boards with 15 rebounds.

The 2K Wizards look to continue their winning streak as they return home to virtually host the Toronto Raptors, the reigning NBA champions on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. 

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