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Troy Brown Jr. and Rui Hachimura stand out in Wizards' Summer League win over Pelicans

Troy Brown Jr. and Rui Hachimura stand out in Wizards' Summer League win over Pelicans

LAS VEGAS -- The Washington Wizards beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night in Las Vegas Summer League action. Here are five observations from the game...

1. Rui Hachimura's most NBA-ready skills are on offense. Scoring was his biggest selling point coming out of Gonzaga University. But in his first Summer League game, it was Hachimura's defense that stood out most.

Hachimura did show some flashes on the offensive end, including a baseline alley-oop in the third quarter. But he mostly struggled, going 6-for-16 from the field for a modest 14 points.

On defense, he displayed the potential Wizards officials have raved about and that they believe other teams missed. He showed quick feet guarding multiple positions. And he demonstrated solid instincts around the rim with a pair of key blocks.

One required him to adjust mid-air and swat the ball with his left hand. One the other one, he got so high up that he blocked the shot with both hands. 

That play saw him hit the deck hard enough to produce gasps from the crowd. But Hachimura got up immediately and ran down the floor to play offense. 

2. If this was a video game and Summer League was a level, Troy Brown Jr. has passed it. He hit the ground running in his second year playing for the Wizards and looked like a pro going up against amateurs. He casually dominated on the offensive end, freely getting to the rim off the dribble and knocking down shots with confidence. He had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Summer League play can only tell you so much about how a player will fare in real NBA games. But next season is a big year for Brown and the early returns suggest he has improved.

3. Issuf Sanon, the Wizards' 2018 second round pick, is a point guard by trade, but he saw some extended time off the ball against the Pelicans. That is interesting because he has the size to play some combo guard, but not necessarily the skillset.

Sanon has a high ceiling on defense and should be able to guard twos at the next level. His shot, though, needs some work. He looked a little passive in that role, maybe due to inexperience. Sanon was almost too aggressive last year in his first Summer League. This time, it was kind of the oppositve.

4. The Wizards faced the Pelicans, but did not see either of their top draft picks. First overall pick Zion Williamson and No. 8 pick Jaxson Hayes were both out with injuries.

Each guy still showed up to sit courtside and watch the game as guys like Trevon Blueitt and Kavell Bigby-Williams ran the show. While the Wizards are putting out the best Summer League team they have had in years, the competition provided by New Orleans was a little lean, even for Summer League standards.

5. The Wizards were well-represented at Saturday's game. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant and Jordan McRae were all there sitting courtside. So was head coach Scott Brooks, who sat next to interim team president Tommy Sheppard.

Even Dwight Howard showed up, though he isn't a Wizard anymore. He was traded on Friday night to the Grizzlies. Howard said he has lost 20 pounds in the past few months now that his recovery from back surgery has reached the point where he can play in full-court, contact games.


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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)