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WATCH: Rui Hachimura dunks on Clippers' Ivica Zubac

WATCH: Rui Hachimura dunks on Clippers' Ivica Zubac

Rui Hachimura scored a career-high 30 points the last time he and the Wizards played the Clippers, so on Sunday, the rookie's confidence had to be high. 

Hachimura did most of his damage against Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell, and when Ish Smith whipped a pass to him on the baseline, Zubac wasn't stopping the rookie forward from slamming it on him. 

Zubac is the kind of big Hachimura should be able to feast on. Hachimura can match up with him on defense since he doesn't have much of an offensive skill set and can blow by him on the perimeter. 

If the Clippers decide to put a much better defender on Hachimura like Harrell, the hope is he'd have built up some confidence finishing at the rim to the point where it doesn't matter who's guarding him. 

It seems like Hachimura has a finish like this every game, so we'll be here to give you most of them as the young forward develops toward potential stardom. 

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If the players controlled All-Star voting, Bradley Beal would start in the All-Star Game

If the players controlled All-Star voting, Bradley Beal would start in the All-Star Game

On Thursday, the NBA announced it’s All-Star starters and based on the early fan voting returns, it was no surprise that Bradley Beal was snubbed from the list. 

Among Eastern Conference guards Beal was ranked ninth by fans and second by players.  

The starters are determined by voting amongst three groups. Fan votes make up 50 percent, current NBA players make up 25 percent and the media makeup is the remaining 25 percent. 

Beal sat down with Chris Haynes on Yahoo! Sports Posted Up and when asked about fan voting, Beal voiced his frustration, “Fan voting is absolutely horrendous man.” 

  

Beal went on to explain why he believes that fans should have a smaller percentage of the overall vote. 

 

“We respect fans and we love our fans you know but we also know there’s a lot of people out there who don’t know the game, we also know that there’s people who just have favorite players and don’t watch everybody else and we all know that there’s people who they’re going vote one guy because that’s their favorite guy, their favorite everything so I don’t have that. For me it’s an unfair in-advantage.”  

“Honestly, it should be on players and coaches,” Beal continued.

Although Beal missed out as a starter he still has a chance to be selected by coaches as a reserve. The reserves will be announced Thursday, January 30th. 

If we’re keeping it real the NBA should really reconsider the voting breakdown. 

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Wizards get one of their easiest wins of the season over Cavaliers

Wizards get one of their easiest wins of the season over Cavaliers

After a hard-fought overtime loss to the Heat Wednesday night, the Wizards had a quick turnaround matchup against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. 

Washington may have one of the worst records in the Eastern Conference, but on Thursday night they showed that they're clearly a tier above a team like the Cavs. 

It's rare to see the Wizards waltz their way into a win, so let's take a second to highlight the best moments from the game. 

Love resuscitates Beal

Bradley Beal was masterful for the second night in a row against the Cavs, scoring at will in the paint and hitting big shots when his team needed him.

Perhaps his best moment was taking a charge in the second half and then laying out on the floor like he just got run over by a truck. Then his pal Kevin Love came over to bring him back to life. 

Beal seems to really like laying flat on the floor after a big play, whether it's his or a ridiculous three-point frenzy from Davis Bertans. Either way, this was a funny moment between two players who've competed against each other in the East for a long time. 

McRae throws it down on Henson

Jordan McRae gets most of his buckets on the perimeter, so it's easy to forget that the man has some major bounce around the rim. 

 

He reminded us all on the fast break Thursday night, where he rose up and threw down a sweet one-handed jam before John Henson could even get his hand. 

McRae's been hyping all of his teammates up to make it to All-Star weekend whether it's the All-Star game, the three-point contest or the Rising Stars Challenge. 

Maybe it's time to get him to the dunk contest.

Osman's too small

If Beal knows you can't guard him, he'll let you know about it. And that's exactly what he did after he bullied Cedi Osman in the post during the fourth quarter. 

Osman's a fine player and the Cavs seem to like his upside. He just has no business guarding Beal one-on-one, which is why Beal scoring 36 points on 15-22 shooting isn't very surprising. 

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