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Wizards fall to Heat in Miami, lose for first time in preseason

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Wizards fall to Heat in Miami, lose for first time in preseason

The Washington Wizards lost to the Miami Heat 117-115 in NBA preseason action on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena.

How it happened:

On Wednesday night, the Heat sat Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and Hassan Whiteside, giving the Wizards yet another matchup that felt even more meaningless than the average preseason game.

While the Heat held out their stars, the Wizards played their regulars. The Wizards, in fact, rode their main rotation guys for the entire game. Tomas Satoransky didn't play and neither did Carrick Felix or Donald Sloan, the two guys fighting for the final roster spot. That was surprising, given the Wizards have a tough decision to make.

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Jason Smith started at power forward and had his best game of the preseason. He finished with a ridiculous 20 points in 22 minutes on 7-of-8 shooting.

John Wall had 16 points (7-for-12 FG) to go along with eight assists in 26 minutes. Bradley Beal had 15 points and four assists in 27 minutes. Otto Porter had 11 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes despite an uncharacteristic three turnovers. Marcin Gortat had eight points with three rebounds. Oubre finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds in 25 minutes.

What it means: 

Judging by Brooks' minutes distribution, the Wizards may have treated this game as their final preseason warmup.

It would not be a surprise if they rested some of their starters on Friday and instead let guys like Felix and Sloan get extended minutes. 

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Smith finds his stroke: 

Smith hadn't shot well before Wednesday night after breaking out last year as a three-point threat.

Before facing the Heat, Smith was shooting 35.7 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from three. Immediately, it was clear things were different in this game. He knocked down his first two threes and was 3-for-4 at the end of the first quarter. By the third quarter he had four threes in his first 15 minutes of play.

Smith's ability to shoot from three allows the Wizards to space out their offense much like they do with Markieff Morris on the floor. There were times when Smith was on the perimeter, spreading out the options for Wall with Beal and Porter also hunting outside looks.

Frazier looks good:

This was the first time we got to see Frazier, who was sidelined from the first three games with a groin strain. He had a heck of a debut with nine assists in 21 minutes.

Frazier found a rhythm early, but was dishing out dimes left and right in the fourth quarter. He had a nice bounce pass to Oubre for a layup and a crisp pass to Mike Scott at the elbow. Frazier also hit a smooth fadeaway with 5:20 left and took a charge with 4:43 remaining. For a guy who has been injured, that was a good example of why Brooks calls him a "gritty" player.

Looking Ahead:

The Wizards head to New York for their fifth and final preseason game. It's set for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at Madison Square Garden.

There's a good chance the Wizards rest some of their best players.

We'll see if the Knicks play Kristaps Porzingis.

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Plenty of all-time statistical milestones in sight for Wall, Beal and company

Plenty of all-time statistical milestones in sight for Wall, Beal and company

Last season alone saw John Wall set the Wizards/Bullets franchise records for career assists and steals, as well as the mark for assists in a single season. Bradley Beal moved all the way up to second in franchise history for career threes.

This year should produce plenty of milestones for the Wizards, if their players continue their recent career pace. Here is a look at some milestones to expect from Wall, Beal, Dwight Howard and others…

John Wall

— is likely to move into the top 40 all-time for career assists this season (he’s currently 64th). He averaged 783.3 per season from 2014-17, that pace would push him past Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Walt Frazier and others this year

— is currently 10th on franchise list for games played, only five games behind Phil Chenier. A full 82-game season would put Wall at fourth in franchise history and push him past guys like Jeff Malone, Gus Johnson and Brendan Haywood

— is 559 minutes away from 20,000. Only two players in franchise history have reached that mark with the team: Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes

—  is 409 points from passing Unseld (10,624) for third on franchise scoring list

— is 73 steals away from 1,000

Bradley Beal

—  is seven three-pointers away from passing Gilbert Arenas (868) for the most threes made in franchise history; based on his current pace, Beal could hit his 1,000thcareer three this season

— Beal could become one of only eight players to reach 1,000 threes by the end of their seventh NBA season. That list includes James Harden, Stephen Curry, Ray Allen, Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard

-is 241 three-point attempts away from passing Arenas (2,430) for most in franchise history

Dwight Howard

— is only one point away from 18,000, he should get to 19,000 this season; Howard is 383 points from passing Tracy McGrady (18,381), 824 from passing Isiah Thomas (18,822), 942 from passing Scottie Pippen (18,940)

— if he plays a full 82-game season, Howard will pass these players in career games played: Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Manu Ginobli, George Gervin and Charles Barkley

— is 79 minutes away from passing Unseld on the all-time list, with a full season he could move into the top 50 all-time for minutes played

— is 648 rebounds from passing Hakeem Olajuwon (13,748) for 14th all-time, is 669 from surpassing Unseld (13,769) for 13th; Howard has already passed Shaquille O’Neal, Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Patrick Ewing and others

— is 40 blocks away from passing Manute Bol (2,086) for 17th all-time, is 73 from passing Shawn Bradley (2,119) for 16th, is 91 from eclipsing Ben Wallace (2,137) for 15th

Otto Porter

—  is 77 threes away from 500

Austin Rivers

— is 88 threes away from 500, 13 assists away from 1,000, 174 rebounds away from 1,000 and 105 minutes away from 10,000

Pro Basketball Reference was used for this research

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Wizards' John Wall hilariously reacts to NFL kicking struggles: 'Put me in coach'

Wizards' John Wall hilariously reacts to NFL kicking struggles: 'Put me in coach'

The NFL’s kickers had a rough weekend with both the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings missing last-second field goals, which could have saved their teams.

If you weren’t rooting for either of these teams to win, this weekend’s struggles were quite comical, and John Wall got a kick out of it. Literally.

The Washington Wizards point guard had a good laugh at the expense of the Browns’ and Vikings’ kickers -- -- and in his Instagram story Sunday, he posted a video of himself showing off his kicking skills with the caption, “Put me in coach”.

“You see the [expletive] that’s going on today? I could get a job!” Wall says while kicking and laughing. “Far right, it’s no good!”

Looking for their first win since 2016, the Browns had the ball and trailed the New Orleans Saints, 21-18, with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter. Kicker Zane Gonzalez missed a 52-yard field goal that went wide right, and the Saints won. It was Gonzalez’s second missed field goal of the day – along with two extra points – which cost his team a total of eight points. The Browns waived him Monday.

Also Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings road game against the Green Bay Packers, Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson missed all three of his field goal attempts, including two in overtime, both of which were wide right.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby also missed an overtime field goal – though this one was wide left – and the game ended in a 29-29 tie.

Maybe John Wall should give football a shot.

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