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Tying a career-high for threes in a game, Davis Bertans has yet to find a three too deep for him

Tying a career-high for threes in a game, Davis Bertans has yet to find a three too deep for him

Nearly every time Davis Bertans plays, he serves as a reminder for how savvy the Wizards have been under Tommy Sheppard. 

Acquired from the Spurs for basically nothing, Bertans continues to provide a spark off the bench for Washington with an underrated playmaking prowess and, of course, his marksmanship from the outside. 

Bertans finished with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, going 6-11 from three Friday night against the Hornets. That matched his career-high for threes made in a game, which would surprise just about anyone judging by the way this man shoots the ball. 

For shooters as good as Bertans, you start to wonder where their range stops. How far is too far?

"I haven't found that yet," Bertans said after the game. 

The totality of his offensive skills was on display Friday night. Bertans helped keep his team close early by drilling five first-half threes, and then he helped space the floor and made key plays off the bounce as a member of Scott Brooks' closing lineup. 

The Wizards have prioritized playing to their strengths on offense, and for Bertans, getting more opportunities as a ball-handler should make for more space to shoot from the outside. For now, he'll take the open lanes developing off of his reputation as a sniper. 

"The defense is really worried about me shooting," he said. "So it's really easy to beat them with the first dribble and if somebody helps I can see the court and see open guys, and I'm willing to pass and get some open looks for them."

With Bertans, Moe Wagner, Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura, the Wizards have more firepower and promise in their frontcourt than ever. Obviously, there are only so many minutes to go around, but this is a year where the front office needs to find players they think they can build a formidable core with. 

Now that Beal is locked up for at least the next two seasons, Brooks can give certain players a hard look next to him without worrying about a trade demand coming down the line. In terms of building a winning culture, that kind of flexibility is invaluable. 

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Elena Delle Donne has successful surgery, should be ready for 2020 season

Elena Delle Donne has successful surgery, should be ready for 2020 season

Elena Delle Donne had successful surgery to repair three herniated discs in her back, the team announced on Wednesday.

The "minor surgery" took place on Friday, Jan. 24 and was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas, Texas. Delle Donne's timetable is unknown but will be reevaluated around the Mystics training camp in May. She is anticipated to be available for the season opener on May 16.

The Mystics forward suffered the injury during the WNBA Finals. After only playing in the opening minutes of Game 2, she missed the rest of the game. An MRI revealed that she had a herniated disc in her back. It was her third injury in all of her three WNBA Finals appearances.

Still, through the pain, the 2019 WNBA MVP helped her team win their first title. 

Once the Mystics won the WNBA Championship, Natasha Cloud proudly announced that Delle Donne actually had three herniated discs

This surgery will likely limit her availability for playing with the U.S. Women's National Team as they begin their pre-Olympic training, exhibitions and qualifying events. She has yet to appear in any of the 2019-20 events due to her injury.

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Quinn Cook changes his jersey number to honor Kobe, Gigi Bryant

Quinn Cook changes his jersey number to honor Kobe, Gigi Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers guard, and former DeMatha Catholic star, Quinn Cook is changing his jersey number from No. 2 to No. 28 to honor the late Kobe and Gigi Bryant. 

For Cook, the No. 28 symbolizes the combination of Gigi's No. 2 and Kobe's No. 8.

"No. 2 is Gianna's number, I feel it should be retired. It's hers," Cook told Shams Charania of the Athletic. 

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💔💔my hero man. I’m completely crushed. I haven’t cried this much or been in this much pain since I lost my dad in 2008. Yesterday I lost my hero, my idol, & the main reason my love for this game is where it is today. Can’t really process this but we all are devastated and heartbroken about what happened to my hero Kobe & his beautiful daughter Gianna. You taught us all so much on and off the court. Anyone who knows me knows what Kobe means to me and to the entire world. We need to give all of our energy and prayers to the Bryant family and all the families involved in the tragic event yesterday. I will never get over this, I don’t know what’s going to happen going forward but one thing I know is that Kobe and Gianna are up there in heaven TOGETHER smiling down on us all. You were the greatest I’ve ever seen on the court but you were an even better Father to all four of your daughters man. Wow Bean I’m really writing this right now 💔💔. I will cherish our relationship and everything you told me forever. We are already missing you Kobe and Gigi🙏🏽🙏🏽! RiP DAD!

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Kobe and Gianna were two of the nine passengers that passed Sunday morning in a tragic helicopter crash. Since the incident, players, coaches, and organizations league-wide have honored the passings in their own manner. 

Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, decided to retire the No. 24 within the organization.

“Kobe’s legacy transcends basketball," Cuban said in a statement Sunday. "Our organization has decided that the number 24 will never again be worn by a Dallas Maverick."

After that move, players began to informally retire their own jersey numbers -- Detroit Pistons forward Markieff Morris will change his jersey from No. 8 to 88. Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets will change his jersey from No. 8 to No. 26 and Terrence Ross of the Orlando Magic will change his jersey number from No. 8 to No. 31.

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